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February 26, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Gaza and Israel

Failure to get answers: a futile waste

The Associated Press

: U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash.collects books from the rubble of the American International school in Beit Lahiya in the northern of Gaza Strip Feb. 19.

Editor, The Times:

As a U.S. citizen stationed by Israel, let me express hope that my fellow citizens from the state of Washington recognize Rep. Brian Baird’s, D-Wash., Gaza trip for what it turned out to be: a taxpayer-funded, propaganda mouthpiece for U.S. enemies [“U.S. lawmakers tour Gaza Strip,” Times, Nation & World, Feb. 20].

Considering that Baird was on a fact-finding mission, I was wondering if he found out the answers to these questions: Why is Hamas refilling medicine bottles with explosives? Why are Gazan Palestinians using hospitals, schools, private residences, etc. to fire rockets into Israel?

Moreover, considering that Israel left Gaza in 2005, why are Gazans firing rockets into Israel daily? Why haven’t Gazans used the opportunity and the funds provided to develop business initiatives benefiting its population, instead of using such resources on rockets to fire at Israel?

Why is the United Nations fueling the continuation of hatred among the Palestinians of Gaza instead of encouraging love and trust? With the U.S. economy in shambles, if Baird were to choose to spend taxpayer money on an overseas trip, one would think he would at least try to get an understanding of the full picture regarding the conflict in Gaza.

Seeing as he did not, it was a futile waste of taxpayer money.

— Jerry Glazer, Modiin, Israel

Bailing out Hamas

Wow. First we bail out Wall Street, then banks, then homeowners, and ow Hamas?

It’s being reported this morning that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton want to give billions to help with rebuilding Gaza.

Do they really think Hamas isn’t going to use that money to help with their terrorist activities?

Who’s next? Hezbollah? The Taliban How about they – the president and secretary of state – send bin Laden some care packages while they are at it.

— Robert Travaille, Prosser

Analyze facts, not claims

Apparently, a Times’ reader believes Israel to be the aggressor in the Middle East whose nuclear capabilities should be investigated [“The most aggressive Middle East nation,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 25].

From 1948 to 1967, the area commonly known as the West Bank was subject to Jordanian rule. At no point during this time did Palestinians formally request statehood from the Jordanians.

In 1970, when Jordan killed thousands of Palestinians during Black September, there were no calls for condemnation nor boycotts.

In 2005, Israel left Gaza to allow the Palestinians to govern their own land. Instead of using this opportunity to build a model democratic state, Palestinians elected Hamas, who used this area as a launchpad for firing rockets and mortar into Israel.

A review of the U.S.-Israel relationship and that of Israel and Gaza is one that requires an understanding of history and an analysis of facts, not just claims. It should also be noted that considering the number of Arab nations and similarly aligned countries, the United Nations cannot be considered a fair and equitable arbiter in the Middle East.

— Jerry Glazer, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Sanctioning over 1,000 deaths

The U.S. plans to spend another $900 million for repairs in Gaza, made necessary by Israel’s over-the-top, excessive force in the region, leaving over 1,000 Gazans dead versus only nine Israeli casualties.

So, why isn’t Israel paying for it the damage it caused? No serious person claims the few rockets Hamas fired into Israel really threatened the security of the Israeli state.

Sure, it’s an insult. But, for this we’re going to sanction the deaths of over 1,000, mostly civilians? Let Israel pay for its vengeance.

— Norman Marsh, Everett

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