Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

What peace with the Palestinians requires

Palestinians have been firing dozens of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel recently, hitting cities and civilians ("Palestinians to seek elevated status in U.N.," Nov. 13).

Yet not much attention has been given to the fact that Israeli families who have been living in constant fear of terror attacks and rockets from Gaza are now hunkering down in their bomb shelters.

The media and the international community seemed to ignore the constant rocket attacks on civilians by Hamas, a terrorist organization that receives money and weapons from Iran.

Israel pulled out of Gaza and evacuated its settlements in 2002, with the hope that Palestinians would start a new life, build schools, hospitals and communities and create jobs.

Unfortunately, as they have in the past, the Palestinians missed another opportunity to improve the quality of their lives. Hamas has failed to build sustainable communities; instead it has imposed only misery, hardship and human rights abuses on its people while continuing to invest in terrorism, propaganda and hatred toward Israel and the Jews.

Peace will not be achievable if the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel. They must accept a two-state solution, agree to end the conflict, denounce violence and remove the anti-Semitic messages from their school text books. Nor is peace achievable if the international community fails to hold terror organizations like Hamas and their radical jihadist ideology accountable.

Ziva Giliya, Timonium

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Israel has acted responsibly against Hamas [Letter]

    Israel has acted responsibly against Hamas [Letter]

    The recent letter writer critical of Israeli actions in Gaza ("Israel committed war crimes during its invasion of Gaza," Oct. 1) conveniently forgets the origins of the Gaza conflict and the effort that Israel made to reduce civilian casualties. Hamas for the last eight years has been firing rockets...

  • Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom

    Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom

    On Sept. 26, an interdisciplinary cohort of students, faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University answered President Ronald Daniel's call to join the conversation on academic freedom, which he wrote, "deserves dialogue and debate" ("Hopkins welcomes debate on academic freedom," Feb. 26). After...

  • Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?

    Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?

    President Barack Obama's ISIS war plan includes seeking support from Arab nations and others in the battle in Iraq and Syria, but why is Israel sitting the war out when both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and our government have proclaimed Israel to be our staunchest ally? Is it too much for...

  • Why African-Americans don't support Israel

    Why African-Americans don't support Israel

    Unfortunately, many African Americans as well as the general population do not support Israel because of a lack of knowledge about the origins and the history of the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors ("Why aren't more African Americans supporting Israel?" Oct. 20).

  • Why Israel isn't rushing to fight ISIS

    Why Israel isn't rushing to fight ISIS

    Letter writer Fred Lebert asks why Israel hasn't joined the fight against ISIS ("Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?" Oct. 21).

  • Act of terrorism ignored

    Act of terrorism ignored

    It is deplorable that The Sun, which was so out front depicting the casualties and damage this summer in Gaza during the war started by Hamas, decided to bury news of the murder of a Jewish baby (and American citizen) by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem at the bottom of Page 8 ("Baby killed...

  • GOP Senate would support Israel

    GOP Senate would support Israel

    The hostile comments from the Obama administration toward Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu show a terrible glimpse of what two more years of a Democratic-run U.S. Senate would be like ("Netanyahu fumes at U.S. official's reported profane insult," Oct. 30). The stakes could not be any...

  • Tragedy in Jerusalem

    Tragedy in Jerusalem

    There can be no excuse, no explanation, no reasoned or even plausible justification for the horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that left four rabbis and an Israeli police officer dead. The assailants, two Palestinian militants armed with axes, meat cleavers and a gun who entered the...

Comments
Loading

75°