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July 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: Israel has a massive, unfair advantage

An AP story about Israel’s Iron Dome mislead readers by claiming it gives Israel an “edge” in the conflict ["Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle," Nation & World, July 10]. This word is a curious choice because it implies both sides are evenly matched. Nothing could be more wrong.

Israel has not lost a single citizen in the latest round of violence, yet continues to batter Gaza with excessive force killing hundreds of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children.

Israelis run to their bomb shelters under the protective cover of the Iron Dome, while Palestinians die out in the open, denied bomb shelters and expensive missile-interceptor systems, as well as basic things like food, cooking oil, electricity and cement due to Israel’s blockade that has caused a humanitarian crisis.

This is a grossly mismatched struggle between a highly armed occupying power, on the one hand, and a stateless, refugee population with little to no military might, on the other. To say that the Iron Dome gives Israel an edge is like saying a car gives an enraged driver an edge over pedestrians.

There is no balance in this war for the media to feign. So stop pretending there is by endorsing specious words like “edge.”

Michelle Ryder, Bonney Lake

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