Israel is faced with a double standard in its fight with Hamas

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Every nation is expected to defend itself, except Israel. Every nation is expected to fight terrorism, except Israel. Imagine Cuba shooting missiles into the United States. Would the United States stand by idly? Israel refrained from taking massive military action until after Gaza shot 1,200 missiles into Israel.

In the Iraq war, the United States killed over 130,000 Iraqi civilians. The news media did not flood screens with images of grieving mothers and wounded children. They categorized the terrible unintended effect of war as inevitable “collateral damage.”

Hamas terrorists, elected by the people of Gaza, use civilians as human shields. United Nations observers in Gaza reported just a few days ago that Hamas stored weapons in a school attacked by Israel. Israel gave adequate warning before the attack took place.

Israel handed over to the Palestinians the Gaza Strip that it liberated from Egyptian occupation. The world community poured billions of dollars into Palestinian coffers to help develop Palestinian territories. Instead, Hamas used the Gaza Strip to fire rockets into Israel. They used border crossings to bring in weapons and supplies to build tunnels to destroy Israel. In response, Israel closed the border crossings, allowing only humanitarian needs to pass through. Now, Hamas whines that Israel blocked off the Gaza Strip.

Israelis are compassionate. While misguided Palestinians perform atrocities, by and large Palestinians privately want peace. Israel agrees to a two-state solution under appropriate terms. Hamas objects. The terms do not include the annihilation of Israel.

Zvi Meiksin
Squirrel Hill

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