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Your Views Wednesday, March 18

Oklahomans stand in solidarity with Israel

I was pleased to hear of the passing of House Bill 3967, legislation that will protect Oklahoma from contracting with entities that are boycotting Israel. The goal of the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction (BDS) the Jewish state is not peace or justice for Palestinians but the isolation, delegitimization and ultimately destruction of Jewish state.

Israel is among our nation’s closest allies and the sole outpost of democracy in the Middle East. Our countries share the same values, putting a premium on life, liberty and individual freedom. Additionally, cooperation between our nations is multifaceted, covering a wide range of areas such as counterterrorism, intelligence sharing and homeland security.

Also of great import, Oklahoma benefits directly from its relationship with Israel, with the state’s exports to Israel having topped $61 million in 2017. Israel now ranks as Oklahoma’s 16th-leading trade partner.

While not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic, the BDS movement inherently is. It demonizes the Jewish state and singles out Israel as undeserving of the right to exist. Oklahomans stand in solidarity with Israel. I look forward to the Senate passing this important legislation further solidifying strong Oklahoma-Israel relations.

Sharon Daugherty, Tulsa

Daugherty is the Oklahoma state director for Christians United for Israel.

Worthwhile recognition of females’ contributions

I applaud Women’s History Month, the recognition this month of females who make human life possible in our world. Especially, it's important to recognize all the women in uniform: military, law enforcement, fire protection and other first-responders including all those who deliver health services.

I also want to draw attention to a little-known past group of female heroes, the airplane pilots who ferried all kinds of war-making aircraft to the United Kingdom during World War II, known as the WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots. They trained in Sweetwater, Texas, and numbered about 1,400 while the program was in effect 1942-1944. Thirty-eight perished for various reasons. There's a WASP museum at Avenger Airport in Sweetwater, and it's worth a visit (and a contribution). It's widely acknowledged that the WASP program helped win the war, together with all the "Rosie the Riveters." We should give full credit where credit is due this month and into the future.

Col. Derel Schrock, USAF (ret.), Edmond

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