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October 22, 2016 / 20 Tishri, 5777
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Proportionality – Missiles on New York?

I saw this graphic on Facebook and thought I'd share it.

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As the title over the original image below says – sometimes you just need proportions to understand…

The words “proportionality” and “disproportionate” were widely used during the Cast Lead War and in general in actions Israel takes to defend itself. It seems the world understands that we have the right to respond to incoming missiles – we just don’t have the right to actually hit our target because, by the grace of God, the Palestinians usually miss theirs.

Of course, ignored in this is that OUR targets are military in nature, not open cities with hundreds of thousands of people.

I saw this graphic on Facebook and thought I’d share it. The area that come under attack each time Gaza decides to launch another missile at Israel can be compared to a similar land area in the US, say New York City. In our case, the area is less densely packed so “only” a bit over one million people are in harm’s way. Imagine if a similar area in the US were attacked…

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About the Author: Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running since 2007. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write.

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  1. I believe that Israel has every right to protect itself just like USA would do under missile fire fro — Say — Mexico. I am surprised that Israel listens to USA and others. I know it is political and it isn't G-D's time yet. One day though Alleluia he will come and destroy the enemies of Israel.

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