Ken Loehlein’s letter (“Demand solutions in Israel,” Our Readers’ Views, May 20) demanding solutions in Israel demands everything from Israelis and nothing from Palestinians.
After several weeks of incitement from the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, internecine fighting broke out in Jerusalem. Using the situation there as an excuse, and wanting to embarrass the PA, Hamas began a rocket attack on civilians in Jerusalem (of all places!), Tel Aviv and, most terribly, on the small cities and villages in Israel’s south. Israel responded.
War is never pretty, but the blame for starting this one belongs to Hamas. Attempting to smear Israel, the sole democracy in the Middle East, with unjust accusations does not change that. No country is perfect, but I think most readers can distinguish between a democracy that cherishes life and a terrorist organization that glorifies death.