Many of the recent letters to The Bellingham Herald have expressed a dramatically pro-Hamas, anti-Israel perspective. I would like to attempt to throw a different light on this tragic conflict. First I would request that the readers of this newspaper review the details of the 1988 (and still current) charter of Hamas by performing a simple Internet search. At the very heart of the political agenda of Hamas (supported in a quasi-democratic election in roughly 2008) is enshrined not only the destruction of the state of Israel but also the duty or calling of all Muslims to murder Jews.
It is clear and undeniable that Hamas has for years launched unmanned missiles at Israeli civilian targets. Furthermore the soldiers of Hamas have routinely imbedded themselves within civilian havens, used Mosques and U.N. sites to store weaponry.
The tragedy of civilian casualty is real but I believe the vast burden of responsibility lies with the Hamas military philosophy. Hamas needs to renounce what I believe to be its flagrantly racist and genocidal charter as a first step to peace. Next it must recognize the right of Israel to exist in peace within secure borders (a peace treaty with Egypt decades ago led to the return of Egypt's lands and oil wells in Sinai).
To paraphrase what has been said before by Golda Meir: "Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us (the Jews)."
Dr. Barry Levenson