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July 31, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: A mistaken belief that resolution would solve the conflict

AP reporter Dan Perry’s analysis of possible resolutions to the Gaza conflict addresses the conflict from a very limited perspective ["Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge," Nation & World, July 30]. There are broader issues than the current conflict that must be addressed in any resolution.

First, Hamas is a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel. Any resolution that allows Hamas to continue to pursue this goal would be short-lived. It is a crucial error to ascribe Hamas’ current aggression to its desire to ease border restrictions when it repeatedly insists that its mission is to destroy Israel.

Second, any resolution that allows Hamas to continue to repress all dissent within Gaza and abuse the population would do nothing to relieve the suffering of the Palestinian people. Hamas has demonstrated time and time again that it will use less rigid border controls to smuggle massive stockpiles of weapons and materials to build bunkers and terror tunnels. Any consumer goods will be sold by Hamas to its population in order to fill its own coffers.

Unfortunately, a high level of naivete often dominates discussions regarding Hamas, its objectives and practices. This naivete prevents the design and implementation of any lasting solution.

Bernie Fox, Seattle

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