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    • 21.07.06 | 09:54 (IDT)

    'Ordinary Israelis' oppose generals' actions in Lebanon Re: "Explaining Israel's actions in Lebanon", Opinion, July 16. Ambassador Yael Rubenstein directed a special appeal to the people of Thailand: "Israel expects Thai support in its struggle against terrorism, because it is also Thailand's own struggle. The forces of Islamist extremism have struck in the southern provinces and elsewhere throughout the region. As the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel shares common values with Thailand, particularly our respect for freedom and human rights." Reasonable Thais may find her statement bordering on the bizarre. Can you imagine Thailand imitating Israel's violence by bombing northern Malaysia indiscriminately, or closing down the airport in Kuala Lumpur because it is an alleged "conduit" for arms to militants in southern Thailand? Certainly not. On the contrary, most Thais will agree that the carnage in Lebanon and the continuing open murder of Palestinians in Gaza show an utter disregard for "human rights". Meanwhile, ever more ordinary Israelis are dismayed by the adventurism of their generals and the utter inability of the government to protect its own citizens. Many young Israelis in particular are bewildered by the shocking images of the devastation and slaughter [the Israeli] army is once again inflicting with incredible intensity on innocent civilians in both Lebanon and occupied Gaza. They know a couple of captured soldiers is not what this huge operation is about. How many more will have to die before justice for all of us, Israeli and Palestinian, can prevail? Ronit Barak Bangkok

    from the article: IDF Nablus raid targets Al-Aqsa militants recruited by Hezbollah
    First published 00:00 21.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 21.07.06
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