To the Editor:
Mr. Robert Fisk, in his article of Sunday,
November 18, correctly observes that the rockets sent by Hamas into
civilian towns are intended to kill as many men, women and children as
possible. He then claims that the same is true of the Israeli attacks on
As of the time of writing, the IDF has carried out over 1300 attacks
on the densely-populated Gaza, with fighter planes, heavy artillery
boats, and the world's most sophisticated weaponry. Yet only 81
Palestinians, and only half of them civilians, have been killed.
Assuming that the world's most advanced and powerful weaponry is not
completely useless, the conclusion is obvious. Not only is Israel not
trying to kill as many men, women and children as possible; it is
exerting extraordinary effort to minimize the loss of civilians. And not
only is this true; it is very obviously true, by looking at the power
of the IDF and the results of its efforts.
Mr. Fisk laments that there are those who would call him an
antisemite for his charge. What, then, is the correct term for someone
who issues an obviously false and extraordinarily defamatory libel
against the Jewish State?
Bet Shemesh, Israel