There are few Israelis who don’t want peace |

There are few Israelis who don’t want peace

I only have enough space to correct a few of the many fallacies in Mary McGrory’s column (Dec 6).

Mary says Adi Dagan stands at Israeli checkpoints to try and get the Israeli soldiers to inconvenience fewer people. Soldiers are devastated when they find that a bomber made it through their checkpoint. Would Adi even care if her actions resulted in more deaths?

Mary complains that the people in Israel often have peace demonstrations and the press criticizes the government. Of course this happens. Israel is a very open and democratic society.

But what incenses me the most is her statement, “The yearning for peace does not show up at all.” I have never talked to, read about, or heard of a single Israeli that does not want peace.

When a Bar Mitzvah party was bombed and a baby burned alive a mile from our Jerusalem hotel, I saw the faces of the family and emergency crews. To say that they don’t want peace is absolutely absurd.

Terrorist groups and Palestinians do not want peace. Their goal is the elimination of Israel and all Jews. The government of Israel finds this solution unacceptable.

Ed Patterson

Penn Valley

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