It is outrageous and offensive for cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher to picture the terrorist group Hamas as the equivalent of Israeli settlers in a recent cartoon accompanying your editorial about the upcoming peace talks ("Israeli-Palestinian talks merit guarded pessimism," July 31).

Hamas' declared goal is the complete destruction of the Jewish state of Israel, and the group has bombed Israeli civilian populations since Israel evacuated Gaza in 2005.

The settlers have built their communities on disputed lands that were captured from Jordan after a defensive war in 1967. Negotiations for peace were offered then and were rejected by all the Arab countries.

KAL shows his lack of historical knowledge and bias through this drawing.

Avi Frydman, Baltimore