Three members of a small but vocal group that operates in Melbourne have their say on the asymetric war being waged by Palestinian terror groups on the Jewish State in today's letter's section of the Australian - Israel losing its moral authority:
THE civilian population of Gaza continues to suffer a a year after Operation Cast Lead. The Israeli government, while using propaganda to deny the facts, continues to besiege the Palestinian population through collective punishment. The price of the siege of Gaza and the illegal occupation of the territories is one that provokes violence, extremism, and retaliation while Israel continues to be cruelly repressive. Because of this, Palestinians will continue to suffer far more than Israelis, and Israel itself become more cocooned and devoid of any moral authority. Even if Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs cannot live easily together, they should at least have the opportunity to live in two independent and viable states without permanent militarisation.
Larry Stillman, Steve Brook, Les Rosenblatt Australian Jewish Democratic Society, VIC
The only sensible part of the letter is the concluding sentence. The rest reads so much like it comes straight out of the Hamas handbook that it's hard not to envisage the trio as anything else but a bunch of Hamas stooges. Messrs. Stillman, Brook and Rosenblatt write as if Gaza is run by democrats rather than the thugs who rained thousands of missiles down on innocent Israeli civilians and traumatised the population of Sderot for several years.
They sound as if they expect Israel to do nothing to protect their civilians in those circumstances and then talk of the Israeli "siege" as provoking violence and extremism as if there was no Palestinian violence and extremism coming out of Gaza before Operation Cast Lead.
The path to peace in the region depends largely on the fostering of a peaceful democratic Palestinian leadership and not in throwing your lot in with fascist Jew-hating thugs and their supporters. How on earth did the word "Democratic" creep into the organisation that these idiots represent and by what right to they purport to talk about "moral authority"?