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Rallying in Berlin

Two weeks ago people were rallying in the streets of Berlin to cheer on nations in the world's greatest soccer tournament. Today Muslims showed up for a decidedly different purpose, chanting "death to Israel" and "death to Zionists."

Meanwhile,halfway around the world at a rally in support of Israel held in New York City today, there was no chanting of "Death To Lebanon" or "Death to Muslims." Only a recognition that Israel has a right to defend herself against unwanted aggression and provocation. Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman, put it about as plain as could be:

"To those countries in there who claim that we're using disproportionate force, I have only this to say: You're damn right we are. Because if your cities were shelled the way ours were, if your citizens were terrorized the way ours are, you would use much more force than we are using."