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"Interview Blitz"

From Russian TV Guide
30 June 2002

By Natalie Belaya

It has been nine months since the frightening New York tragedy occurred. If most people were not concerned about the dangers of terrorism before the 9/11 tragedy, now things are altogether different. Each time Americans hear news from Israel, they get shaken and begin to think more and more often about whether to provide any aide to Israel. This has unfortunately become a fact, according to recent news polls.

What do our old [allies] compatriots think about this issue? Should America reduce aide to Israel? Will this prevent further terrorist threats?

Lyudmila: Arrived in the United States two years ago from Moscow.

Theoretically, I can understand Americans. For the first time ever, they were really scared. It is a total illusion to think that reducing aide to Israel will enable the Arabs to see a friend in the United States. First of all, there are more Jews in the United States than in Israel, and Arabs hate it no less. There is no way out, except for a universal fight on terrorism.

Valeriy: Arrived in the United States eight years ago from Kaliningrad.

How can we protect ourselves from what is happening in Israel now? Almost every day, peace-loving citizens and innocents die there. Of course, all of this may happen in any country. To Arab extremists it is "important and honorable" to die, and to destroy as many non-Arabs as possible. This includes everyone who does not believe in Islam, and eventually the whole Western world will have to deal with this problem.

Alexei: Arrived in the United States 17 years ago from Moscow.

Of course, the threat of new terrorist attacks in the United States is very high now. This is exactly why Americans have proposed reducing aid to Israel. However this will not help but it will instead resemble a form of betrayal. America, in the end, will not be able to betray Israel because the two governments are similar for many reasons. Everyone will have to come together in the war effort---a war which in my opinion is already happening, and will continue to be fought for many years to come.

Boris: Arrived to the United States ten years ago from Odessa.

Decrease aid? I believe that it should only be increased, and the Arabs should be crushed like bugs. They should all be deported from the United States and Israel! I can’t speak of this matter calmly at all–all of my relatives live in Israel.

Albeena: Arrived in the United States four years ago from Odessa.

How can aid to Israel be reduced at a time like this? The whole world should support it now. Honestly I am not too familiar with how aid gets distributed, but in my opinion, it should be increased. Let’s just say that average Americans think narrowly and fear for themselves. I can understand this logically, but not in my heart.

Translated fromRussian by Nina Kryuk.

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