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SF Chronicle

(Ed. We've been a bit remiss with this section. The purpose is to help you write more effective letters to your local newspaper. Israel spokesperson David Meir-Levi has generously decided to contribute letters you may use to write to your local newspaper concerning issues related to Israel. Some of these are regional and replies to specific articles and will identify the specific subject and newspaper. Some are generic and can be sent at any time to any newspaper. We hope to add to this list soon. Remember to rewrite letters using your own words and to try and keep to 250 words when possible.)

 

(238 words) In reply to SF Chronicle article, October 7, 2003:

Dear Editors,

Thank you for your enlightening article, "Israel Escapes Bush's Criticism
for Syria Raid" (SF Chronicle, 10.7.03,).

Since Syria has for decades been denying its scores of terror training camps
with tens of thousands of terrorists, it is no surprise that Syrian and
terror sources claim that Israel's target was a "peaceful rural area".

Equally important is Ahmed Query's re-iteration that he has no intention of
cracking down on terrorism.  Actually he is actively encouraging terrorists
to join his government, acknowledges that real power still rests with
Arafat, and declares that no one in his government can do anything without
Arafat's approval.

The Bush Doctrine (9/11/01) declares that terrorism is an act of war. 
Terrorism requires a military response. Those who aid, shelter, fund, train
or support terrorists are terrorists. Therefore, governments that are the
havens for terrorists are appropriate targets for military response.

According to Mitchell, Tenet, Zinni, Powell and President Bush (speech of
6/24/02,  Road Map, speech 9/24/03, and 10/6/03 quoted in article),
Palestinian terrorism is THE roadblock to peace. Palestinian leadership must
"...immediately and unconditionally put an end to terror" (Road Map, Phase
I).

The conclusion is ineluctable: the Palestinian Authority is a terrorist
government. On the basis of the Bush Doctrine, Israel has every right to
target Qureia, Arafat, and their terrorist minions.  The USA has the same
right to target Syria.

 

Reply to Palo Alto Daily News, October 7, 2003

(202 words)

Dear Editors,

Thank you for your eye-opening article, "Palestinian Prime Minister says he
won't cofront the militants" (Palo Alto Daily News, 10.7.03).

Ahmed Query's admission that he has no intention of cracking down on
terrorism is quite a self-condemnation.  Worse, he is actively encouraging
terrorists to join his government, acknowledges that real power still rests
with Arafat, and declares that no one in his government can do anything
without Arafat's approval.

The Bush Doctrine (9/11/01) declares that terrorism is an act of war. 
Terrorism requires a military response. Those who aid, shelter, fund, train
or support terrorists are terrorists. Therefore, governments that are the
havens for terrorists are appropriate targets for military response.

According to Mitchell, Tenet, Zinni, Powell and President Bush (speech of
6/24/02,  Road Map, speech 9/24/03, and 10/6/03 quoted in article),
Palestinian terrorism is THE roadblock to peace. Palestinian leadership must
"...immediately and unconditionally put an end to terror" (Road Map, Phase
I).

The conclusion is ineluctable: the Palestinian Authority is a terrorist
government. On the basis of the Bush Doctrine the USA did not negotiate with
the Taliban or el-Qaeda, it launched a counter-attack. Similarly, Israel has
the right to target Qureia, Arafat, Syria and their terrorist minions.