Inaccuracies on Israel
August 8, 2005
Dear Editor:Sven Alstrom’s letter of Aug. 8 has inaccuracies and an obvious agenda.He says that aid to Israel is $12 billion, not $2.5 billion. This is a total fabrication. There is no documented evidence of this. For him to simply throw this out appears to be intentionally misleading.Israel does not have a higher per-capita income than the United States. In a recent report published in the Jerusalem Post, it was reported that 20 percent of Israelis live below the poverty line, a fact that has caused much strife in Israel. Mr. Alstrom no doubt must agree that is not to Israel’s benefit to publicize these problems, so I am sure he will admit to being in error about this also.Finally, the death of Rachel Corrie was ruled by an Israeli investigation as accidental. With Mr. Alstrom’s predisposition, he probably won’t accept that. To prove his objectivity, since he is furious at Israel for this death that reasonable people can debate, one can only imagine his outrage at terrorists in Iraq publicly beheading a screaming American contractor on the Internet.Or perhaps Mr. Alstrom’s outrage does not extend to all dead Americans.Scott AlterEast Brunswick, N.J.