This letter was published in the Waterbury Republican-American on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
Imagine the quite justified worldwide uproar that would ensue were a poll to find a third of Israelis supported slash ing the throats of Arab children. Yet when a poll taken by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found a third of Palestinian Arabs sup ported an attack in which terrorists murdered three Israeli children and their parents, including slashing the throat of a 3-month-old, the headline in the April 7 Republican-American read, "Palestinians opposed attack."
Any society in which a third of its members support slashing the throats of infants is sick. The message in the headline and the tenor of the article inverted an unfortunate reality that was reinforced the same day when terrorists from Gaza aimed an anti-tank missile at a school bus and hit their target.
When Arab children in Gaza are sick, the Israelis often bring them to Israeli hospitals to cure them; when Israeli children are healthy, Palestinian Arabs in Gaza try to kill them. That goes to the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict and illustrates what needs to change if there is to be peace.