Israel has many good reasons not to trust Hamas

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I usually don’t take the time to respond to some of the Post-Gazette’s unbalanced editorials on Israel, but this one was over the top. The editorial in Wednesday’s newspaper (“United Front: Peace Effort May Be Helped by Palestinian Unity,” June 4) expressed the hope that with Hamas and the PLO forming a unified government that the peace effort may be helped. Nothing wrong with that. I too hope that something good can happen and maybe it will. Hope springs eternal.

But let’s at least understand and recognize why the Israeli government has a problem negotiating with this new unified government. You admit that Hamas “holds a number of unhelpful positions on the subject of Israel.” What a benign way of putting things! How about the fact that Hamas is sworn to the destruction of Israel, that it regularly teaches children to kill Jews, that it glorifies suicide bombers and launches rockets against Israeli towns and villages, that it sponsors terrorism against innocent civilians and is recognized by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization? Perhaps that might explain why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “huffing and puffing” (your cynical characterization) about the prospect of ever striking a peace deal with them.

Perhaps something positive can come from Hamas in the future, but I would hope that this newspaper would not be so blindsided and dismissive of everything that this terrorist organization has consistently stood for and acted on over the years.

BARBARA BURSTIN
Squirrel Hill


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