The liberal media unfairly condemns Israel for defending itself in the face of terrorist attacks by radical Muslim extremists. Had Arafat negotiated in good faith in Oslo (1993), hostilities could have ended which would have paved the way for mutual recognition and eventual economic prosperity. But his fidelity missed the form. Lessons learned from it missed the point. In 2006, elections free and fair missed the right people, for the Palestinian Authority duly elected the terrorist organization Hamas, to govern Gaza. Rather than renouncing violence and recognizing Israel, Hamas launched interminable arrays of rockets against Israeli civilians in heavily populated areas because it is premised on Israel's destruction. Where the world condemnation? True to form, the reportage particularly in the liberal media remains strikingly asymmetric. Notwithstanding, for almost 15 years since the beginning of the second intifada, Israel showed great restraint. Not until the recent kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli university students earlier this month did the violence crescendo. Its collateral effects in the wake of hundreds of Israeli sorties which followed were as foreseeable as they were preventable. Yet whenever conflict rages, however much or long Israel takes pains to minimize casualty counts because of it, it seems of little avail. In war, innocent die.

Nonetheless, history has shown that Palestinians allow Hamas to nefariously optimize civilian casualties by using civilians as human shields to protect their weapons caches. The optics are then manipulated to foment world opinion against Israel. The U.N. would be pleased and the muslim world highly gratified were the dynamic reversed and Israel were on the precipice of being annihilated as it had been in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973.

America must wise up, learn the lessons from history and stop falling for vapid liberal propaganda. History clearly shows that Benjamin Netanyahu uses weapons to protect the welfare of his people and the interests of his country. Through it all, he remains steadfast with America. Obama should do the same for Israel. If we had a president like Netanyahu, there would be peace in the Mideast because Netanyahu stands with his people. I stand with Israel.


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