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Time to pump the brakes on Israeli aid?



Sometimes it is hard to know when to step on the gas and when to pump the brakes. That seems to be the situation the United States is in as it ponders what role to play in helping Israel defeat Hamas. Israel remains our strongest ally in the Middle East, and it is in our interest to ensure they are protected. But Israel is hardly helping itself with a relentless bombing campaign that doesn’t seem to differentiate between soldiers and civilians. So far, more than 25,000 have been killed in Gaza in the scattershot campaign. But Israel has struggled to defeat Hamas, and wants more help from the United States. Now there are suggestions that President Joe Biden is considering not writing another blank check until Israel heeds U.S. advice and becomes more precise in its attack, while getting much needed humanitarian aid to those who are suffering innocently. This is a precarious situation, and could escalate into a wider conflict. Our government needs to tread carefully while remaining supportive of Israel without being a party to genocide, which is turning out to be a delicate balance.

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. Mitey Mite

    January 29, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    Biden (along with Republican chicken-hawks and the MIC) believes there has never been a conflict a few billion dollars worth of high tech bombs couldn’t solve. Biden seems to want a war…any war. And we are being goaded into a war and outmaneuvered by primitive tribesman (again). Biden’s successor, Harris or Trump, is going to have a big mess to clean up.

    Too bad, Trump had the middle east on its way to a livable coexistence, including Palestine and a marginalized Iran, with the Abraham Accords before Biden blew up the entire deal.

  2. Kent Porter

    January 30, 2024 at 1:31 pm


  3. Minutia

    January 30, 2024 at 10:50 pm

    Gotta ask why the Gazans themselves aren’t rising up to rid their territory of Hamas.


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