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June 7, 2010
An excess of emotion appears to dominate recent discussion of the Israeli blockade of Hamas. Actually, Israel lives in peace with both Jordan and Egypt. There is no active belligerence with any of its other sovereign neighbors. Both portions of the future state of Palestine were parts of other sovereign countries. The West Bank was Jordanian; Gaza was part of Egypt. The recognized administration of Palestine is the Palestinian Authority (PA). This is basically a descendant of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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NEWS
October 3, 2014
The recent letter writer critical of Israeli actions in Gaza ( "Israel committed war crimes during its invasion of Gaza, " Oct. 1) conveniently forgets the origins of the Gaza conflict and the effort that Israel made to reduce civilian casualties. Hamas for the last eight years has been firing rockets into Israel, traumatizing the inhabitants who seek shelter almost hourly. The situation was exacerbated by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, admitted to by the spokesman for Hamas and claimed as a great victory.
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NEWS
August 1, 2014
Letter writer Judy Chernak eloquently addresses the realities of fighting a war against a terrorist organization that has enmeshed itself in a civilian population ( "Hamas must give up its rockets before talks can proceed," July 29). Every Palestinian child who dies is considered by Hamas to be a martyr and a worthwhile sacrifice. Their belief system values death over life. Those who sacrifice their lives receive many riches and their families are honored. At the same time, Hamas astutely recognizes that the rest of the world values life over death, and they also realize that the media focus on the civilians who are killed and that grieving families benefits their cause.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
What is the U.S. doing turning the screws on our most loyal ally in the region by pressuring Israel to agree to halt hostilities? Have we forgotten who the real enemy is in the Middle East? We didn't hear the president or the State Department over the last few days ask Hamas to avoid killing civilians - though that's pretty much what Hamas does, along with storing weapons in residential homes and hospitals with innocent victims. But the scolding was saved for Israel, the country that drops leaflets warning Arab civilians to flee for safety.
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By Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsberg Simon | August 1, 2014
During the past few weeks, the world has witnessed the deadly cycle of violence between Palestinians and Israelis erupt once more into full-fledged conflagration. What began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers quickly escalated into the firing of thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the need for Israeli military action. And, as usual, the people who are paying the heaviest price for the conflict are the innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians who simply wish, as we all do, to go about their daily lives.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
In her op-ed, Laila El-Haddad ("Palestinians betrayed by Judge Goldstone," April 18) displays the mind-set of someone who believes that the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, is blameless in its purposeful attacks on Israeli civilians. While Judge Goldstone recently noted "that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy by Israel," he cannot say the same for Hamas. He states, "That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
The recent letter writer critical of Israeli actions in Gaza ( "Israel committed war crimes during its invasion of Gaza, " Oct. 1) conveniently forgets the origins of the Gaza conflict and the effort that Israel made to reduce civilian casualties. Hamas for the last eight years has been firing rockets into Israel, traumatizing the inhabitants who seek shelter almost hourly. The situation was exacerbated by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, admitted to by the spokesman for Hamas and claimed as a great victory.
NEWS
November 22, 2012
Hamas, a terrorist organization that receives money and weapons from Iran, has lately escalated its assaults, which are intended to terrorize and kill civilians ("Israeli strike kills 11 in Gaza," Nov. 19). Palestinians have been firing dozens of rockets every day from Gaza, hitting cities and civilians. Israel finally retaliated to protect its civilians and launched retaliatory airstrikes on Hamas commanders. Article 51 of the UN charter indicates the "inherent right" of self-defense against armed attack, and I hope the Obama administration and the international community provide adequate support to Israel to defend itself.
NEWS
August 9, 2014
We read of Israel describing another "terror attack" against its citizens, but why do Americans conclude that Israel itself doesn't practice terror? Because Israeli military spokesmen say it doesn't? ("Digger rams Jerusalem Bus," August 4). Contrary evidence again piles up in Gaza's dead, leaving aside the 2009 majority conclusions of jurist Richard Goldstone's report that charged Israel with deliberate attacks on civilians during the Jewish state's last foray into Gaza. It is timely as well for Americans to recall President Ronald Reagan denouncing Israel's bombing and shelling of West Beirut in 1982 as "a holocaust.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 24, 2014
Recently, I was talking with a conservative friend of mine about the drama in Gaza. I knew this individual to be thoughtful about world events and staunchly pro-Israel in outlook. It was sometime after our mutual condemnation of Hamas that our conversation took an unexpected and disturbing turn. Seems my friend is frustrated with the Obama administration's tepid support of Benjamin Netanyahu's government and the Jewish voters who re-elected the U.S. president, a soft-on-Israel candidate.
NEWS
August 17, 2014
Commentator Caroline Poplin claims that Israel will have to make concessions to Hamas to prevent a resumption of the rockets ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). However, anyone knowledgeable about Hamas knows that won't work. Hamas is implacably dedicated to the annihilation of Israel and will continue its attacks despite temporary interruptions. The only way to "prevent resumption of the rockets" is to get rid of Hamas - or at least remove it from power in Gaza and replace it with a government that will live peacefully with Israel.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
Pro-Palestinian activists in many countries recently have been actively protesting Israel's military operations in Gaza. They burn Israeli flags, throw stones at synagogues, call for academic boycotts of Israel's universities and shout "death to Israel and Jews" ( "Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza," Aug. 11). How about a demand for Hamas to stop launching thousands of rockets targeting Israeli civilians since 2005, the year when Israel left Gaza?
NEWS
August 14, 2014
Buried in the hue and cry of the war in Gaza has been the one glaring question not yet answered by the media: If Israel indeed overstepped the limits of asymmetrical warfare, then what exactly is an acceptable "symmetrical" loss ( "Hamas' terror is dwarfed by Israel's," Aug. 9)? Should Israel lose one for one, two for one, three for one? This question is not to diminish the loss of the innocent but to understand a benchmark by which the United Nations and much of the world seems to grade such questions.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
In "Israel's costly victory" (Aug. 8), Caroline Poplin writes that "to prevent resumption of the rockets, Israel is going to have to make concessions to Hamas. " What Ms. Poplin doesn't see is that making concessions with evil never works. England tried that with Nazi Germany, giving up Czechoslovakia in exchange for peace. It didn't work. Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, and that led to the second Intifada. When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, it led to thousands of rockets being fired at them over the past nine years.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
As someone who protested the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, I read with sadness your report on the Maryland National Guard's scheduled departure for that country ( "Md. National Guard making final deployment to Afghanistan," Aug. 6). The money wasted in Afghanistan on military madness could have been used in Baltimore and other cities to keep open recreation centers and fire stations and to protect the pension funds of government workers. I sincerely hope the members of the Guard return safely, unlike what happened to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
NEWS
June 3, 2010
Amid all the falsehoods and distortions in Laila El Haddad's diatribe against Israel lies a great truth: the situation in Gaza is tragic. It is tragic that after Israel acceded to international demands to "end the occupation" and forcibly evacuated thousands of Jews from their homes in Gaza, the people of Gaza decided not to use the infrastructure abandoned by the Israelis and the billions of dollars of foreign aid poured into the region as...
NEWS
January 27, 2006
The pundits were wrong; so, too, the exit polls. Palestinians threw out the ruling bums and put the Islamic militant group Hamas in charge of their collective life. Their overwhelming rejection of the Palestinian leadership's decade-old hold on power changes the political landscape in the Middle East, leaving Israel, the United States and their European allies to confront a new government led by a known terrorist group. The upset over Fatah, the faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the late Yasser Arafat, gave the Islamic Resistance Movement, known as Hamas, a clear majority in the 132-seat parliament and control of a new government.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
I am a Jewish American and a lifelong and committed Zionist who wholeheartedly agrees with Caroline Poplin's recent commentary ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). However, it requires some minor corrections. First, most Middle Eastern observers agree that returning to the Israel's original pre-1967 borders cannot work. It leaves Israel with indefensible borders in the event of a future conflict and excludes some large adjacent, long-standing legal settlements. The solution is to return to the pre-1967 borders with mutually agreed adjustments.
NEWS
August 9, 2014
Commentators Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsberg Simon point out that "Hamas is striking out to gain the world's attention" in order to "hurt Israel's image by depicting her as a bloodthirsty violator of international norms" ( "Hamas' unjust war," July 31). But they cite this as if it were merely a virtual reality rather than actual heinous acts being perpetrated against real innocent people. Their description of the killing of citizens as an "image" problem highlights a number of obvious truths: Number one, if Israel is really concerned about its image, it needs to immediately cease the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians.
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