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August 8, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: Hamas is not interested in peace

In the battle between Israel and Hamas, this time Hamas is the bad guy and not Israel ["Israel, Hamas dig in as Gaza talks go on in Cairo," Nation & World, Aug. 6]. It’s so tragic that innocent men, women and children are losing their lives in Israel and Gaza. For the most part the loss of life is in Gaza.

Many desire that the carnage should be more evenly distributed on both sides of the boundaries. But, Israel didn’t attack Gaza and Israel didn’t build tunnels into Gaza.

Hamas has attacked Israel sending thousands of rockets throughout the entire country. Hamas is hiding among the civilian population and using schools and other institutions to protect their weapons.

Many in our nation are mad at Israel for defending herself. These same individuals are proud that we won World War II, even though millions of innocent civilians were killed in our quest to bring down the Nazis.

How can Israel defend herself and guarantee that civilians would not be harmed? As long as Hamas is hiding everywhere and storing rocketry in every conceivable place, I don’t know the answer to that question.

The world should realize that when Hamas takes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of supplies and instead of investing it to help its people, it builds elaborate tunnels and buys huge stockpiles of weapons, they’re not hoping for peace. Today, the world may put pressure on Israel and bring a temporary ceasefire to the area, but Hamas has only one goal and that is the destruction of Israel.

Currently, the technology of the Iron Dome kept Israel from being hit by thousands of lethal rockets. Only time will tell what Hamas will throw at Israel next time and if the tiny nation will be able to survive.

Bruce M. Caplan, Redmond

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