# 47 Eric. Ben Jabo may not know what a range is. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 17.03.07 | 13:14 (IST)

    Dear Eric, There are several points to make about Ben Jabo?s reference to Grafenwoehr. Firstly, his quote from Wikipedia makes mention of ranges. Most of the live firing of the US military will take place on the ranges around Grafenwoehr, not in the middle of the high street. But he might not know what ranges are. He might not be aware that ranges constrain live-firing to very confined spaces so as to avoid loss of life or damage to property. If he has served in the IDF, we can perhaps forgive him for thinking that a range is any patch of land not inhabited by Israeli citizens. Such a wide-ranging definition would help explain the high death rate amongst Palestinians farmers, who, going about their legitimate business in their olive groves, find themselves fired on by Merkarva main battle tanks, or trigger-happy conscripts whooping it up with their Uzis. Secondly, he might not be aware either that the US military pays compensation for damage they cause when they do conduct military maneuvers outside the confines of their ranges. Then there is of course the employment that such a large garrison brings to the local community throughout the whole of the year. I think we can safely assume the IDF will not paying any rent for the use of the Palestinian village as a training area, nor will they be paying for any damages that occur as a result of their actions. They certainly won?t be employing any of the locals. Why change millennia of discrimination and violence, for a code of honor, respect and humanitarianism?

    from the article: IDF troops conduct takeover drills in Palestinian village
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.03.07
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