Dec 28, 2008

Letter to the NYTimes

To the Editor,

It is all too easy to have Israel's actions be the focus of a headline this past week ("Israeli Attacks in Gaza Strip Continue for Second Day", Dec. 28).  Yes, the violence and deaths are truly terrifying in magnitude.  But what of the Gazan weapons-smuggling tunnels, forty of which were destroyed by the IDF early Sunday morning?  What of the thousands of cell phone calls the IDF made to Palestinian civilians, warning them to stay away from militants in advance of the attacks?  Cell phone warnings and avoidance of civilian deaths have not been the strategies of Hamas, the duly elected leadership in Gaza.  Hamas is ultimately responsible for the horrible violence and death of these past days, having barraged Israel's southern region with smuggled weapons instead of recognizing Israel's existence as a first step towards the peace we all seek.  Hamas deserves the headline, and thereby the global accountability.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Berkeley, CA

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