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He defended Israel's lawless Cast Lead Gaza war. Ignoring 1,400 mostly civilians murdered, thousands more injured, illegal terror weapons like white phosphorus used, and vast gratuitous destruction, he said:
"Frankly, I am up to my gullet with this reflex criticism of Israel as going beyond proportionality in its responses to war waged against its population with the undisguised intention of putting an end to the political expression of the Jewish nation...."
"The current warfare will go on a bit longer. If there is a pause and if I were giving advice to the Israelis, this is what I would say to Hamas and to the people of Gaza: "If a rocket or missile is launched against us, if you take captive one of our soldiers (as you have held one for two and a half years), if you raise a new Intifada against us, there will be an immediate response. And it will be very disproportionate. Proportion does not work."
He regrets nothing he wrote or said. Hatemongers don't say they're sorry. He called visiting Israel at age 15 transformative. He lives there part-time in Tel Aviv.
West Chester University Professor Lawrence Davidson once debated him. He said he handled challenges by "speaking very fast and very loudly so that you could not get a word in edgewise."
Davidson sensed "he was capable of going hysterical. Some people usually self-destruct over time," he added. He wondered if Paretz was preordained to implode. "I do hope so," he added.
A Final Comment
After decades of fanatical Israeli support, Peretz remains ideologically committed. Even fellow TRN staffers take issue with his views. Some go further and mock him. A few even want him out. He's an embarrassment to be around.
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