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Letter: Israel needs new leadership

By Mike Subocz, Vancouver
Published: May 23, 2024, 6:00am

Tamir Bresler asks us to stand by Israel (Our Readers’ Views, May 18). He cites all the usual reasons for such support. He does not, however, acknowledge the blistering news images coming out of the war, showing massive destruction of cities. Nor does he mention the 35,000 Palestinians killed or the 79,000 wounded, most being children and other noncombatants. Israel’s death toll stands at about 1,500.

The Old Testament vengeance idea of an eye for an eye has been ramped up to 30 eyes for an eye. Israel is losing the battle for world sympathy and support because of these excesses. They need new leadership as well as a dose of compassion.

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