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January 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM

War in Gaza

Cease-fire, yeah right

In Thursday’s special to The Times [“Common ground in Gaza begins with a cease-fire,” Times, Akiva Kenny Segan, guest columnist, Jan. 15], the writer claims that to be “truly pro-Israel, urge your political representatives to press the U.S., Israel and Hamas to seek an immediate and total cease-fire.”

Let’s see what happened during the last cease-fire. Hamas and the other terrorist groups in Gaza continued to fire rockets into Israel and used the time to restock and bring in rockets with a longer range. I don’t see that as a good deal for Israel.

Segan continues by saying, ” [The cease-fire] must be followed by the heretofore unthinkable: Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority must sit down face-to-face and hammer out a two- or three-state solution.”

What a dreamer! Hamas doesn’t accept Israel’s right to exist and wants to destroy it. They won’t talk peace. Period.

How can anyone be so naive to think that just because people think Hamas should seek to negotiate a peace agreement with Israel, Hamas would agree? The only reason they agree to a cease-fire is to give themselves time to regroup and rearm.

— Frank Lippman, Seattle

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