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ISRAEL: Don’t equate Hamas, Jewish terrorists of ’40s

Letter by Belinda F. Timpke, Tacoma on May 2, 2014 at 11:39 am with No Comments »
May 2, 2014 11:44 am

Re: “What Netanyahu could do” (letter, 4-29).

I believe it’s misleading to compare the terrorist group Hamas to the Jewish terrorist groups of the 1940s. The writer claims the Jewish groups were essential in establishing Israel in spite of lacking the support of the mainstream Jewish leadership who widely condemned their violent tactics. These groups were hardly essential in Israel’s founding.

Is it accurate to assert that Israel resorted to terrorism “when we needed it”? The Jewish state went on to establish a healthy democracy in spite of a minority who advocated violent terrorism to achieve their goals of statehood.

In contrast, Hamas is a violent, radical Islamist group whose goal is to rid all of Palestine of any Jewish presence.

If the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are serious about working together to negotiate peace with Israel, they need to remove the anti-Semitic language in their charters, forsake their claim to all of Palestine and recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. That would be a good place to start.

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