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Batson off mark in recent column

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From page A8 | July 27, 2014 |

Jack Batson believes that the decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three American companies because of their sales to Israel was a “good move” and one that “follows on my denomination’s stated position that justice dictates that the West Bank and Gaza Strip should become a Palestinian state.” (Time to divest to spur Mideast peace, July 14, 2014.)

No one would disagree that the Palestinians should have their own state but we have to deal with reality and that means dealing with Hamas, which is now engaging in daily war crimes by launching more than 1,100 rockets into Israel in a week’s time and using its own people as human shields.

It’s time to get real and recognize that if it weren’t for the Iron Dome, which intercepts up to 90 percent of incoming rockets, Israeli casualties would number in the tens of thousands. It’s time to get real and think what would happen if Hamas was to get its hands on nuclear weapons. And it’s time to get real and ask the Palestinians if they are really prepared to live in complete peace with Israel and be neighbors. If they are, they need to condemn Hamas as an internationally recognized terrorist organization and sit down with the Israelis to negotiate a peace plan.

That is the only path to a sustainable peace.

It’s easy for Mr. Batson and the Presbyterian Church, safely living behind secure borders with friendly neighbors and under the protection the world’s best military, to preach to Israel but Israelis, living in one of the most dangerous, violent and unstable regions on the planet, need more than just wishful thinking from the sanctimoniously naïve.

Barry Broad

President Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region

Sacramento

Letter to the Editor

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  • rlw895July 27, 2014 - 7:55 am

    On the other hand, one could look at Iron Dome as giving Israeli civilians the measure of security they needed to launch a major unilateral military operation against Hamas and Gaza. Would the US condemnation be so tepid if the Palestinians were Christian?

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  • The SugarJarJuly 27, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Some are Christian, a minority.

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  • rlw895July 27, 2014 - 8:20 am

    A fact most Americans ignore.

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  • The SugarJarJuly 27, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Maybe being Arab trumps being Christian :/

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  • Time For TruthJuly 27, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Maybe the Palestinians just want their land back from the eastern European non-religious "Jews" who have no historical or ethnic connection to the middle east. The violence began and continues because of the Zionist government of Israel which acts completely AGAINST the religious dictates of the Talmud. The encouraging thing is that Christians are waking up to this violent Zionist fraud.

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  • SteveJuly 27, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    The Palestinians, a population of 5.5 million people, have been forced from their homes, lost their land, denied basic human rights and herded into two tiny areas of Israel. They have no water, no trade and no hope unless Israel gives it to them. I used to be a supporter of Israel, but now the facts are becoming hard to deny. Israel is committing genocide. And unfortunately, Hamas is giving them cover to do it.

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  • Fix the Broken Sewer Pipe NowJuly 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Batson should spend his precious remaining moments trying to find out why the sewer pipe is not being repaired. And why the effluent from the broken sewer pipe is not being cleaned up. America deserves to be decontaminated because of the broken sewer pipe.

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