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 into Israel, traumatizing the inhabitants who seek shelter almost hourly. The situation was exacerbated by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, admitted to by the spokesman for Hamas and claimed as a great victory. The subsequent search for the killers apprehended a number of Hamas operators in the area where the crime was committed.
Israel responded finally to the incessant rocket attacks after that incident, with Hamas rockets falling every 10 minutes into all areas of the Jewish state, by invading Gaza to both eliminate the rocket launching sites and the tunnels designed by Hamas to invade Israel and murder its civilians.
When Hamas chose to fire its rockets from schools, hospitals and mosques, Israel first warned the civilian population in the vicinity of its intention to respond (contrast this to the U.S. air strikes in Syria and Iraq where no warning has been given and civilian deaths have occurred).
The writer's endorsement of a terrorist Hamas bent on destroying Israel is indefensible.
Nelson Marans, Silver Spring
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