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Letters on U.S. bias toward Israel, a special Christmas gift

Dec. 9, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.

A special present

My 88-year-old mom locked her keys in her car at Chick-fil-A. This happens every day, especially at Christmastime, but on this day something special happened.

You see, my father passed away after 65 years of marriage to my mom. She's been very lonely as you can guess. On this day when she locked her keys in the car and my dad wasn't there to help her, she was at a loss on what to do. She went inside to find an employee to help her. She noticed a man wearing an orange official-looking jacket. She asked him if he could help her retrieve her locked-up keys. He said. "Let's sit down."

He told her to finish her meal and he would check on it. Soon another man showed up, probably a locksmith. They both worked on my mom's car and got it open. He walked back in and gave my mom her car keys. He didn't seek a thank you or ask for money. He just made sure my mom finished her meal and left. She said she thought he worked for the railroad but wasn't sure.

Normally people don't go out of their way to help others so what took place on that day gives me hope. I just wanted to say thank you to whomever this man was. The small Christmas present he gave my mom was something special.

Kirk Bentley, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

U.S. bias toward Israel

President Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drove the final nail into the coffin of the Palestinian-Israeli peace deal with the death of the two state solution (news stories Monday-Wednesday). Maybe it was already dead and the negotiations were never meant to succeed as Israel had no intention of there ever being a viable Palestinian state.

Against the wishes of the UN and all other nations of the world, Trump, Kushner and Netanyahu colluded to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and call Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Despite all the talk of Russia colluding to give the election to Trump, no other state can bring the kind of pressure, influence and collusion Israel can bring to bear on the U.S. political system. What Israel wants it usually gets from the U.S.; $3 million a day in tax dollars at least, protection from UN human rights violations, etc.

When we try to find reasons Middle Eastern nations don't trust us, we might consider the one-sided bias toward the state of Israel. One can now be criminally charged for supporting boycott, divest and sanction against the state of Israel. Is all of this in the best interests of the U.S.? No, it is not. To criticize Israel, one should not be labeled anti-Semitic. Even A Jewish Voice for Peace supports BDS.

Trump is right about one thing: It is fake news in the U.S. media in regard to what is really happening vis a via Israel.

Jerry King, Longview



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