Yaakov - I do not wish to justify the atrocities committed by those in power (make sure to separate those in power from civilians, unless you want to innocent Palestinians to be held responsible for Hamas's brutal actions) - but your interpretation of the Israeli security situation is completely see-through. Israel is under constant rhetorical attacks from an increasingly hostile (and OK - sometimes justifiably so) world. From crazies who have zero influence like King Ahmadinejad to pseudo intellectual-hypocritical Americans who all of a sudden claim to love the Palestinians, the Jews have been under fire in modern day just as much as 60 years ago, 160 years ago, and in a couple decades, 6000 years ago. We must open our eyes to the innocents on BOTH sides, in Israel they are the gentler, more rational, quieter voices that the media doesn't care at all about.
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from the article: The connections between Israeli greed and the existential threat