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August 8, 2014
Commentator Adil E. Shamoo overlooks two crucial points necessary to understanding the current Israel-Hamas conflict ( "Israel's unjust war," Aug. 1). First, Hamas under its charter and by the statements of its leaders is committed to Israel's destruction. Given those circumstances, Israel has the right under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter to defend itself. Second, while Mr. Shamoo correctly bemoans the civilians killed in the current war between Israel and Hamas, there is a moral issue he overlooks: Who bears the greater moral responsibility - Hamas, which places its rockets and fighters in heavily populated Palestinian areas, or Israel, which responds to the rockets fired from those heavily populated areas?
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NEWS
August 8, 2014
The opposing views on the Gaza conflict offered by two recent commentators compel me to respond to some important facts left out of the discussion by those sympathetic to Hamas ( "Israel's unjust war," July 31, and "Hamas' unjust war," Aug. 1). First, to compare the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine that killed all aboard to Israel's Iron Dome air defense system that has protected Jewish civilians from Hamas' missiles is ridiculous. There would not be one Arab civilian killed if Hamas stopped launching missiles and putting its people in harm's way by agreeing to make peace and accept Israel's right to exist.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
Your recent report on the conflict in Gaza alternately misstates the facts, omits them or misrepresents them ("Israel continues Gaza strikes," Aug. 3). Your statement that the fighting broke out on July 8 with Israeli airstrikes would lead the uninformed reader to believe that Israel started this war, when in fact the Israeli action was a delayed response to increasing rocket fire from Gaza that began weeks earlier. You printed a photograph lamenting the loss of the Omari mosque without noting that Hamas has habitually used schools, mosques, hospitals and even cemeteries as bases from which to launch rocket attacks.
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By Caroline Poplin | August 7, 2014
I am a Jewish American and have always considered myself a Zionist. As someone born shortly after World War II, I know how great a difference the founding of Israel, an independent Jewish state embodying Jewish values, made for all Jews everywhere. We all walked a little taller, felt a little safer. The disappearance of Israel would be a disaster of incalculable proportions, not just for the Israelis but for all of us. Israel is still fighting yesterday's war, however. It cannot win this way, and when it does not win, it loses.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
A recent report on the violence in Gaza refers to Hamas' demand that Israel end its blockade of Gaza but neglects to mention that this is not a demand from Hamas alone ( "Israel says truce over after soldier apparently captured," Aug. 1). For years, the International Committee of the Red Cross has called the blockade "collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law. " Israeli human rights organizations have also spoken against Israel's closures of the Gaza Strip.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 3, 2014
Fact: Captured Hamas fighters confirm that their maze of secret tunnels into Israel was to be the entry point for a series of coordinated terror attacks during the Jewish High Holidays - all in order to massacre Israeli citizens at lightly guarded border settlements. Opinion: Americans should keep this scenario in mind as Secretary of State John Kerry readily adopts Hamas talking points and positions in his attempts to secure a "humanitarian" cease-fire. Hamas views such cessations of hostilities as mere opportunities to re-load in their ongoing campaign to reign terror (and ultimately destroy)
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.
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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
August 1, 2014
The Palestinians are certainly the biggest liars and hypocrites in the world ( "The way forward in Gaza ," July 25). On the one hand they claim they have no idea why Israel is attacking them, yet they have fired thousands of rockets into Israel and have built more than 40 tunnels deep into Israeli territory so they can infiltrate heavily armed terrorists to murder and kidnap Israeli citizens. And these are strong, concrete tunnels located under schools and civilian targets.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
There is only one solution to the crisis in Gaza, and that is the complete destruction of Hamas and its replacement by a government dedicated to peaceful relations with its neighbors, including Israel ( "The way forward in Gaza," July 25). When Israel withdrew its forces from Gaza in late 2005, leaving productive greenhouses that would bolster the economy of that enclave, Gazans voted in the 2006 to establish Hamas as the ruling body, knowing full well the agenda of that terrorist organization.
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