and civililans just like any other country." I agree completely. But I do not understand what that has to do with the US defending Israel, which is what the article is all about. I assume you also believe that Palestine has a right to defend itself and Iran and Syria haves a right to defend itself, including Syria's Golan Heights? If you do not, then tell me why Israel has a right to defend itself, but Palestine, Syria and Iran do not..
US rally shows support for ex-Marine held by Iran on spying charges (AP)
from the article: U.S. official: More U.S. aid will help Israel make 'tough' decisions