Posted Online: Nov. 25, 2012, 6:00 am

Letter: Israel takes action against Palestinian terrorists

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It's about time.

It's about time Israel is finally taking decisive action against Palestinian terrorists from Gaza who have fired thousands of deadly rockets at Israeli civilians.

It's about time Israel is finally retaliating against those Palestinians who savagely target Israeli women and children and have forced tens of thousands of Israelis to flee to bomb shelters and to close its schools.

It's about time Israel is finally bringing justice directly to those Palestinians who cynically and intentionally use their own people, especially children, as human shields by firing rockets at Israel from Gaza's schools, mosques, playgrounds and hospitals.

It is still true today what former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said many years ago, "We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

What is also true is that Israel's enemies are America's enemies. It is only at our peril if do not take an active stand to defend those who value life and to oppose those who glorify death.

For as author George Gilder's stated in his book, The Israel Test, "Israel is not only the canary in the coal mine -- it is also a crucial part of the mine ... If the United States is incapable of defending Israel, it will prove unable to defend anything else. The Israel test is finally our own test of survival as a free nation."

Allan G. Ross,
executive director,
Jewish Federation
of the Quad Cities