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Isabel Kershner’s tragic piece in the NYT from inside Israel (and totally inside the Israeli mindset), "Tough Military Stance Stirs Little Debate in Israel," offering the rationale for the horrifying Dahiya doctrine, prompts this response from a regular correspondent:

Broadly speaking, Israeli society and its intelligentsia supports increasing violence directed at Palestinian civilian population. There is no guilt, no second-guessing, and absolutely no empathy with the victim.

This needs to be juxtaposed against Tom Friedman’s (NYT) constant refrain: where are the moderate muslims that denounce and renounce violence? Where are they within Israeli society? Unlike friedman’s grotesque generalizations, they exist.

There’s another recent article that explored how within Gaza there is support building for "Salafi" Islam which is very similar to the Wahhabis. Violence directed against Gazans has produced a violent reaction, which should not come as a surprise.

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