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Gaza’s Palestinian Civilians Are Not Israel’s Responsibility


The criticisms that have been leveled against Israel for cutting off supplies to Gaza are both false and absurd. Israel and its allies should categorically reject them, but this will only happen when Palestinians are actually held accountable for their deeds and choices. It will not happen if they are instead indulged and treated as people with a permanent claim on everyone else’s purse and sympathy regardless of what they do.

About the Author: Dr. Michael Goldblatt is national chairman of the board of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA); Dr. Daniel Mandel is director of the ZOA's Center for Middle East.


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