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Hamas vs. peace

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist — the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas — then the only certain future for the area is that there will be another war in the not too distant future.

While many world leaders recognize the necessity of eliminating Hamas — both for the benefit of Israel and for the Palestinian civilians who suffer negatively both directly and indirectly from the decisions made by Hamas — few have the foresight or vision as to how to accomplish this task.

The Palestinian Authority does not have the will or the capability to eradicate Hamas. The Arabs cannot be trusted to do it — with the possible exception of Egypt, which has been destroying terror tunnels in Gaza, enforces the necessary blockade to stop terror supplies reaching Hamas and has thwarted an Islamic suicide bomber terror attack and rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians in the past month. Israel has the capability to get rid of Hamas, but the world accuses Israel of being too brutal in doing it. Western countries also have no appetite to fight any Islamic terrorist group.

While it is, sadly, abundantly clear that the world is not prepared to do what is needed to stop the conflict from reoccurring, the Western world does have some control. Funds given to the Palestinians should be strictly controlled — it is irresponsible (if not downright murderous) to continue to look the other way while the Palestinian terrorists invest in terror. Without funds the terror trade of Hamas will die, even though the ideology of course will not. Perhaps this is the best solution that the Western world is prepared to fathom for now.

Michelle Moshelian
Givatayim, Israel

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