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Israel deserves our support, but not unconditionally



The level of human suffering is intolerable. That bleak assessment comes from the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross after visiting Gaza. Israel has again ramped up its offensive by ground and air following a brief pause in the fighting last week. An estimated 16,000 people in Gaza have been killed by Israeli bombings since the war began. Many of them were women and children, and many were not even supporters of the ruling Hamas terror group. Make no mistake, despite the horrific images of innocent people being killed, Israel is the key U.S. ally in the Middle East, and deserves our support as they retaliate from the October 7th attack, where 1400 Israelis were killed. But that doesn’t mean we should write them a blank check to fund their war effort. A growing group of Senators is urging the Biden administration to seek assurances from Israeli leaders that they would be more selective in their attacks. That is reasonable. The U.S. should not determine how Israel responds to the attack, which is considered their 9/11. But that doesn’t mean we have to fund their killings of innocent civilians.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. nick

    December 6, 2023 at 5:17 am

    Hamas is a terrorist organization who receives over 100 million from Iran. Hamas spends up to 300 million o military operations. Iran is a repressive regime whose view of Israel is the same; Israel should not exist. Hamas could care less about the Palestinians. You want evidence. Miles and miles of tunnels under schools and hospitals and living quarters to move troops and arms freely.
    Why not face Israel o n a battlefield? They would be destroyed just as Iran would be. I feel for the Palestinian people since they are trapped.
    But do not think for one moment that either Iran or Hamas care about them. Both care about the total destruction of Israel but are too chicken to meet them on a battlefield.

  2. Princely

    December 6, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Did Israel actually request money from the U.S.?

    Israel should reject funding from the U.S. for the same reason everyone, everything else should…because the U.S. government always wants control and advancement of the Progressive agenda in return. Tell Biden to GTH.

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