The three letters (1/2) on Gaza present an unbalanced look at Israeli-Palestinian relations. Some facts need to be brought to light.
First, Hamas, in typical terrorist fashion, operates in close proximity to its civilian population. Attack Hamas, and civilians get hurt. Avoiding civilian casualties gives Hamas a free pass.
Second, Palestinian rockets are shot at civilian targets. So where is the outrage?
Third, it is well established that if Hamas never fired another rocket, shot another bullet or sponsored another suicide bomber, there would be no killing at all by either side.
Fourth, and perhaps most important, the Palestinian refugee problem was totally the result of deliberate Arab policy back in the late ’40s, when Arab nations were promising to drive out the Jews and return the land to the Palestinians. These nations refused to absorb those who left Israel. They purposely created a refugee problem.
This situation is complex. Both sides have legitimate grievances. Attacking only one side’s policies will not further the peace process.
Israel gave Gaza back five years ago, and in return has received five years of incessant rocket attacks from this very same land. The U.N. and anti-Israeli groups were silent during these outrageous, unprovoked attacks by Hamas. The vast majority of those killed by this overdue response by Israel are Hamas terrorists, unfortunately causing some civilian casualties by hiding among the populace.
Clearly, the responsibility for harm to Palestinian civilians is the fault of Hamas and its leaders. The only purpose of Hamas’ existence is to destroy Israel. Israel is forced to do what it must do to protect its citizens and to survive. No other nation on Earth would take such attacks without prompt retaliation. Israel has shown remarkable restraint in not answering sooner.
Thousands of Jewish settlers were forcibly removed by Israeli troops from their homes and farms after living and working the Gaza land for more than 50 years. Why is it that a million Arabs live in comparative peace in Israel, but a Jew living in Gaza is in danger of being lynched?
Something is very wrong.