The article "The new news team" (Aug.4) describes how Qatar-based Al Jazeera launches in 50 million homes this month and asks, "Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America?" The answer is yes because Al Jazeera will be the first TV channel or newspaper to give the American people a balanced approach to the Middle East.

Currently, all U.S. mainstream media, whether left or right, provides one-sided, pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian coverage in all of its reporting. The fine columnist for the Irish Times, Lara Marlowe, learned this when she started at Time, Inc. and was told never to write anything critical of Israel. She left Time shortly thereafter.

Once Americans learn of how brutal Israel's occupation of the Palestinians really is, including land and water theft, home demolitions and a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza, they will begin to question why our politicians send billions of tax dollars to Israel every year. This will help bring peace to the Middle East and make the U.S. more secure at the same time.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air