Use Diplomacy, Not Bombs

Civilians have paid a horrific price in the ongoing violence in Gaza. I hope my members of Congress will support and work for a lasting cease-fire that includes lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The U.S. has particular responsibility to help end the killing, since U.S. weapons are fueling this conflict. The International Committee of the Red Cross has called the blockade collective punishment against a civilian population. U.S. policymakers must call for lifting the blockade to ensure  a durable cease-fire.

While it’s imperative to address the immediate crisis, I also hope the U.S. will support long-term stability by shifting from a militarized approach in the Middle East to one rooted in inclusive diplomatic solutions. The success of the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and the agreement to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons demonstrates that the world can be made a safer place through diplomacy, not more bombing.

Robert Frey
Harwood, Md.

Comments

  1. nelson marans says

    I was not please and certainly surprised when I read the letter by Frey in a Jewish newspaper and in particular in The Baltimore Jewish Times. Espousing an obvious pro-Arab and anti-Israel view, I would have expected that it would be published in an Arab newspaper or one that is definitely pro-Arab. Certainly your readership is exposed to enough Israel bashing in the non-Jewish press without the Baltimore Jewish Times adding to the chorus.

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