Please allow me to apologise on behalf of all
the citizens of the State of Israel.
I humbly apologise to you and your readers
and to the world for our leaders defending our right to live. Here in Israel,
we consider living a basic human right.
The indignation of journalists, commentators
and your readership has prompted them to spew forth some of the most vile
invective we have seen other than that of Der Sturmer circa 1940’s and the
letters and op-eds posted in your publication have educated me in a new level
I apologise that it is left up to our army to
make sure that the citizens of Gaza are evacuated from dangerous zones safely
through pamphlets, text messages and roof knocking. I guess my text message and
pamphlet were lost due to Hamas being on strike. Literally.
I apologise that we have not racked up those
large numbers of Israeli casualties you were hoping for. I apologise for a
government who values my life and those of my fellow citizens so much they do
anything in their power to protect it. Whatever internal squabbles we may have
or policies we agree or don’t agree on, life is valuable.
I am sorry for our
defense forces, made up of representatives of all sectors of Israeli society,
who both prepare us and defend us with their lives.
I am sorry for our Iron Dome batteries that
intercept the rockets aiming for our death and destruction. For those of you
calling Israel an Apartheid state, Iron Dome makes no distinction between Jew,
Christian or Arab. We are all targets.
I apologise that our government has made sure
that we are equipped with bomb shelters and know how much time we need to take
sorry that Hamas prefer to build weapons smuggling tunnels instead of
protecting their citizens but the “death industry” (their words not mine –
google it yourself) has proven more lucrative than saving lives.
Most of all, I am sorry that this upsets you
so much that in countries across the world you choose to take out your
frustration on members of the Jewish community, attacking people physically, in
the media and in barely disguised hateful press releases.
Please accept my humble apologies for any
inconvenience we may have caused you.