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Thank you for this. It's hard to express how this conflict effects people. It's not a this or that situation. Killing people is never the right answer. It's just so much more complicated than saying one side is right and the other side is wrong. No one wins in a war, except maybe the arms dealers. And most of the time, civilians who want nothing more than to just live their lives in peace are the losers. When I am able, I will upgrade to a paid subscription and I am waiting for your book to come to my local library!

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When I heard this interview I was thinking how much damage it did to any legitimate (or maybe defensible) cause Hamas may have had in attacking Israeli positions. The military posts on the border? Absolutely legitimate targets. A bunch of young folks dancing in the desert? Uh, no. Now you've just started doing the very thing you (correctly) claim Israel does to Palestinians, surrendering whatever high ground you may have had.

Thank you for doing this (and all of the other) interview. I may not like what folks say when you ask them these questions, but I am better informed because you did.

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I appreciate this thoughtful and timely piece. It is in times like these that I find myself counting on NPR more than ever for balanced reporting. The stories I have heard from Gaza and Israel make clear how horribly tragic the developments of the past ten days have been. And claims by anyone to be “right” are best met with skepticism. About the only thing we can be certain of here is far too many more lives will be lost before the fighting ends. Indeed, it makes one think the descriptive of the region as the Holy Land ought be retired.

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