Regarding the Dec. 4 front-page story “Drones cast a pall of fear”:
Reporter Scott Wilson should have asked what would have happened if immediately after Israel left the Gaza Strip, all terror activity there ceased — no rocket launching, no weapons smuggling, no efforts to send suicide murderers into Israel. All the crossing points would have remained open, merchandise would have been exchanged freely and thousands of Gazans would have continued working in Israel. This would have made Gaza’s economy much stronger and made further Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank much easier. And of course there would have been no drones over Gaza.
However, the Palestinians chose to persist in their war of terror and continued to fire rockets at Israeli towns and villages. No country can tolerate such aggression against its citizens. As long as the Palestinian terrorists wage their war, Israel will do its best to protect its citizens, including the use of drones.
Jacob Amir, Jerusalem
Oddly, The Post devoted a massive front-page headline and two full pages of print not to the tens of thousands of terrorist rockets aimed at Israeli neighborhoods or to the rapidly nuclearizing Iranian regime that routinely threatens to wipe Israel off the map but to Israeli drones over the Gaza Strip.
More inexplicably still, most of the article deals with the drones’ impact on Gaza residents while mentioning only in passing the trauma and devastation wrought by the more than 13,000 rockets and mortars fired at millions of Israeli civilians since 2000. Not one of these Israeli victims was interviewed for the article — in contrast to the numerous quotes from Palestinians — nor was any Israeli government source cited. Rather, the article relies solely on the infamously biased Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
Israeli drones save lives. They protect Israelis from terrorist attacks and reduce the need for large-scale ground operations in Gaza. This fact, too, was overlooked in an article that failed to meet Post standards.
Dan Arbell, Washington
The writer is deputy chief of mission for the Embassy of Israel.