Letter: Hamas cynicism victimized Gaza
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The editorial cartoon "The Repetition" by Danziger, and the Eagle’s decision to publish it on Aug. 1 were both vile. The cartoon compares Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto, and by extension makes a comparison between Israel and Nazi Germany. Successive Israeli governments, including the present one led by Benjamin Netanyahu, have endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state beside the Jewish state of Israel.
On the other hand, Hamas, the ruling power in Gaza, is by its charter committed to the destruction of the state of Israel and additionally states "there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him." Just last week, the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal reiterated in an interview with Charlie Rose that Hamas will never accept a Jewish state next to a Palestinian one.
In the current war in Gaza, Israel has at least twice accepted cease-fire proposals which were soon violated by Hamas in brutal fashion. As the whole world knows, Hamas stores weapons and builds tunnels in schools, hospitals and mosques, thereby cynically placing the civilians of Gaza at great risk. Every single one of the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel has the same purpose: to kill Israeli civilians.
That the people of Gaza have suffered terribly is beyond doubt. Israel signaled its desire to separate from Gaza and end its occupation there when it withdraw all settlers from there in 2005. Much of the suffering of Gazans recently has occurred in the context of Israel exercising its absolutely legitimate right to self-defense against an enemy that hates Jews and does not respect the lives of its own people.
To accuse Israel of genocidal intent, as the cartoon does, is an act of moral idiocy. As noted Israeli author (and left-wing peace activist) Amos Oz recently said to a German interviewer, "What would you do if your neighbor across the street sits down on the balcony, puts his little boy on his lap and starts shooting machine gun fire into your nursery?"