Letters to the Editor

'The bigger picture'

To paraphrase Golda Meir, there may come a time when we will forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, "but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons."

Israel wouldn't be killing Palestinians if Hamas had not forced this war on them; habitually used Gaza's civilians as human shields; and -- in this latest outrage -- transformed a center where people had sought refuge into a shooting gallery and weapons depot.

When the media continue to show photos of dead or wounded Palestinians, especially children, it tends to make the viewers lose sight of the bigger picture. Between 2001-2008, more than 8,000 flying bombs were launched at Israel, traumatizing an entire generation of Israeli children. People need to realize that unless the Israel Defense Forces manage to stop Hamas, the months ahead could see life in Tel Aviv become as perilous as it is in Sderot.

Becky Ray

Fresno

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