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Israel's Self-Defense

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I was disappointed that in two news stories on the same page March 5 ["Clinton Criticizes Israel's Eviction, Demolition Plans"; "Iranian Leaders Fault Obama, Warn Israel Again"], Post writers referred to the recent battle between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip as Israel's recent "assault."

That characterization provided a completely misleading picture of the events. Given that the Israeli actions were precipitated by Hamas, a much better characterization would be to refer to Israel's retaliation against Hamas for years of sending rockets into Israeli territory.

-- Jay Cherlow

Arlington

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