Readers write about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Israel must defend itself from hostile Hamas
In regard to the Dec. 29 editorial, "Beyond bombs and rockets in Gaza": This editorial states that, "By moving so forcefully in Gaza, Israel appears to be putting immediate concerns ahead of long-term peace prospects." What other country in the world would tolerate daily rocket attacks on its civilian population without responding through military decisiveness?
After eight years and more than 8,000 rockets landing in communities near Gaza, Israel finally made the only logical decision to protect its citizens, namely eliminating strategic Hamas military targets through pinpointed strikes. Since Hamas has repeatedly vowed to fight until Israel is destroyed, "peace prospects" unfortunately can't be included in the current lexicon.
The editorial on short-term warfare sacrificing long-term hopes for peace misses a very important point: Hamas has no interest in any kind of peace with Israel. The Hamas Charter, in Article 7, calls not only for the extermination of Israel, but also of all Jews living there.
As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. It would appear that only Israel is on the dance floor at the present time. That being the case, Hamas should be crushed as soon as possible, before aid from Iran strengthens them.