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Sir, – At long last, after so much restraint on the part of Israel, the Defense
Ministry has taken much needed action (“IAF hammers Hamas targets in Gaza
offensive, November 15).
The Palestinians in Gaza cannot wage an
undeclared war against Israel without a real response.
Even the UN
Security Council should understand that in no way can Israel exist under a
constant barrage of rockets.
Ban Ki-moon persists in asking Israel to
show restraint. Instead, he should call a meeting of the Security Council and
state his point of view, which should be that Israel must be supported in
stopping the hostile actions against it.
We have reached the point in our
struggle for our very existence where we must take into account the anti-Israel
hostility of practically all the nations of the world because the Palestinians
have been so successful in blackening our name – to which we have allowed
We are right in doing something drastic about the
need to defend ourselves.
We must state this constantly, with no ifs,
ands or buts. God bless our soldiers, our citizens and the justice of our
Sir, – Hamas says the killing of one of its
top terrorists was a declaration of war (“Hamas: This means war,” November 15).
But who declared war first? The official Hamas Charter, written in August 1988,
1. “Israel exists and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate
it, just as it has obliterated others before it.”
2. “There is no
solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad. Initiatives,
proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain
Hamas’s charter is itself a declaration of war, and all who
join Hamas are automatically sworn enemies of Israel. The fact that Israel
chooses not to attack for long periods of time does not in any way absolve Hamas
of its guilt for being in a permanent state of war against Israel for the past
When its spokesmen try to influence public opinion by accusing
Israel of starting a war, they are the worst kind of hypocrites.
one be deceived: Those who founded Hamas declared war on Israel in 1988, and no
amount of media hype can change this.
Sir, – I
question people’s use of the term “assassination” to characterize the targeted
killing of a Hamas military chief. The word is defined as an illegal act,
whereas what the State of Israel has done is a legal act.
those who target innocent men, women and children, as do the missile crews in
Gaza, are terrorists, not militants.
It is wrong to play into the hands
of Israel’s enemies by the inappropriate use of terms.
Sir, – Hamas has learned some new lessons:
1. Iran, Hezbollah, Syria
and Egypt cannot be relied upon to come to its aid in time of need.
Iron Dome has proved very effective.
Hopefully, Hamas will come to its
senses and agree to a cease-fire before Israel is forced to commit ground
troops. By reducing and crippling Hamas, Israel is sending a message to Iran
that it had better abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons or it will be next on
Sir, – During the Second Lebanon War we were
privileged to host a number of families from the North in our home.
reading “Without protection, Beersheba residents hunker down for a long night”
(November 15), we would like to extend a similar invitation to any families or
individuals from the South who would prefer staying in the center of the
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JANE and MICHAEL HIRSCH