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    • Rick
    • 07.05.05 | 05:09 (IDT)

    Yariv- At least, I finally got your name right. I am sorry about that, but it had more to do with my lousy monitor at work, aging vision and distraction than intentional disrespect. To me, your posts seemed more insulting and hyperbolic than substantive, so I didn't go back and re-read them as I should have. Though I've found no sources putting the Israeli death toll over 1,000 (most I've found are between 900 and 1,000), I won't challenge a rough estimate of 1,000. It's within reason and I doubt anyone really knows the exact figures. The only reason that statistic caught my attention and elicited my question was that it seemed inconsistent with stats I'd seen relating to a part of the relevant period. Such figures are interesting, but are hardly the core of the issue. I've studied the Israeli-Palestine conflict for over 25 years, spent a little time in Occupied Palestine during the summer of 2003 and read Haaretz daily. I don't claim to be an expert, but neither am I uninformed by any reasonable standard. So when I have a question, I ask it. If you don't like it, don't respond. Dorothy and Jonathan kindly chose to respond and contribute to my education and sources of information, for which I am grateful. You obviously weren't interested in answering my question, so why did you respond? Your condescending manner and implication that a question about death tolls over a 4+ year period indicate ignorance of the conflict overall or that questioning the specific 1,000 figure meant I had not heard of attacks at all were provocative. I regret taking the bait.

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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