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May 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Israel and Hamas

Two-state solution the only possibility

I would like to register opposition to Charles Krauthammer’s pro-Israel/anti-Hamas column in Sunday’s Times [Opinion, May 10].

The Israeli bombing and occupation of Gaza some months ago was disgraceful and inhumane, to say the least, with cluster bombs and indiscriminate killing. And what did it accomplish?

Hamas is stronger today than it ever was. And we must remember that Hamas won the transparent democratic election some years ago. Do we have the luxury of just ignoring this exercise in democracy?

The United States sends billions of military dollars to Israel each year with no strings attached, and Israel overreacts with military retaliation for the comparatively few deaths that occur in Israel. There is a growing peace movement in Israel today, and I believe our government should listen to those Israelis as well as to the Jewish voices for peace in our own country. We often are too responsive to the Zionist lobby in this country.

I believe that a two-state solution offers the only possible solution to the Israel-Palestinian challenge, despite the many problems that such a solution entails.

— Robert Kauffman, Seattle

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