If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

No similarity between Israeli and Russian actions

Perhaps the answer to Gordon Cunningham’s query as to why the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was so vocal in his call for sanctions against Russia, and not against Israel (Letters, October 20), is the tacit recognition by the government that the imperative behind the two actions was different.

When the two actions are compared, it should be clear to an objective observer that Russia's aggression against the Ukraine was the modern-day manifestation of an imperialist land grab conducted under the imprimatur of its new tsar, Vladimir Putin. While Operation Protective Edge was an Israeli reaction to years of provocation from Hamas, the elected representative of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

It was a response to multiple rocket attacks and a formidable series of cross-border tunnels, which saw multiple incursions by Hamas terrorists into Israel with the sole purpose of harming its citizens. Finally, it was a response to the kidnapping, torture and murder of three Israeli teenagers in July.

The government clearly recognised the underlying distinction between Russian aggression in the Ukrain and Israel's reactive response to multiple threats. 

Dr Kevin McCarthy

Seán Hales Terrace


Co Cork


I wish I could write us all back in time, when we could pop to the shops without fear, when grandparents did not have to wave through a window at their grandchildren.Michelle Darmody: Recipes with simple ingredients

It’s not always possible to produce enough vitamin D through sun exposure. Fortified foods are an option but you need to choosecarefully, says Clodagh FinnCovid-19 lockdown mean you're not getting enough Vitamin D?

More From The Irish Examiner