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Hamas' terror is dwarfed by Israel's [Letter]

IsraelHamasRichard J. GoldstoneRonald Reagan

We read of Israel describing another "terror attack" against its citizens, but why do Americans conclude that Israel itself doesn't practice terror? Because Israeli military spokesmen say it doesn't? ("Digger rams Jerusalem Bus," August 4).

Contrary evidence again piles up in Gaza's dead, leaving aside the 2009 majority conclusions of jurist Richard Goldstone's report that charged Israel with deliberate attacks on civilians during the Jewish state's last foray into Gaza. It is timely as well for Americans to recall President Ronald Reagan denouncing Israel's bombing and shelling of West Beirut in 1982 as "a holocaust."

In these latest ghastly weeks of tit-for-tat terror, the Palestinian practice of "terror," whether via Hamas' rockets or a Jerusalem bus, is dwarfed by Israel's record.

Derek Leebaert, Washington, D.C.

The writer's most recent book is "Magic and Mayhem: The Delusions of American Foreign Policy."

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