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TERRORISM: Israel has long fought radical Islam

The civilized world is at war, and the enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. What happened in France last week is what Israel has experienced for decades from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

It’s not a coincidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was followed by a deadly shooting in a Jewish grocery store. As much as radical Islamic terrorist groups hate non-Muslims (and Muslims who don’t agree with them), they particularly hate Jews and Israel.

Hamas rejects a two-state solution and ultimately wants to destroy Israel. If it were possible, it would deal as brutally with Israelis as Islamic State does

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ISRAEL: Hamas has no interest in dialogue

Re: “Peace may never be at hand in the Middle East” (Eugene Robinson column, 7-22).

Robinson must be ignorant of the goals and aims of Hamas. They have stated repeatedly that Israel will be wiped off the map, and they are not interested in dialogue with the Israelis or the United States regarding a peace agreement.

They have demanded concessions in the past, and what did Israel do to promote a peace agreement? Israel evacuated all Israelis who lived there and turned it over to the Palestinians. And what have the Palestinians done? They used Gaza as a rocket

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MIDEAST: Seek balance in TNT headlines

Similar tactics were used in articles from July 9 through 14 about the Hamas-Israel conflict. Of course, these reports originate from other sources, but surely your paper has control over the headlines.

I take issue with the fact that, without exception, only Israel is named in the bold headlines that catch people’s attention and is all many people read.

The articles mostly emphasize and detail the damages and casualties in Gaza. But there are two reasons for limited casualties in Israel. One is its superior Iron Dome defense system deployed throughout the country to shoot down rockets headed for residential

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ISRAEL: Divestiture vote doesn’t promote peace

Kudos to Martin Schram for his op-ed, “Presbyterians’ effort against Israel is misguided” (TNT, 6-26).

The recent vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest in three American companies doing business with Israel is hypocritical as these companies also do business with Palestinians in the West Bank. Unfortunately, it may also influence other church denominations to follow its lead.

This decision was influenced by the distortions of groups aligned with the global BDS (boycott/divestment/sanctions) movement that regularly demonizes Israel and gives the Palestinian Authority and Hamas a pass. This same movement is now calling the Presbyterian vote a victory.

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

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

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MIDDLE EAST: What Netanyahu could do

The Israeli Cabinet announces it will not negotiate with a Palestinian government which includes Hamas (TNT, 4-25), which it calls a “terrorist organization.”

What was the Israelis thinking, not many years ago, when they supported and funded Hamas as a rival to the Palestinian Liberation Organization? Israelis know that their own Jewish terrorist groups were essential in the establishment of Israel and that their leaders became hallowed heroes. Two of them, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, became prime ministers.

Hurling epithets will accomplish nothing. Israel now has what it has long desired: “someone to talk to” in a unified Palestinian

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EXTREMISM: Author shows his liberal bias

Re: “Nothing extremists love more than hijacking revolutions” (TNT, 1-1).

It’s interesting that Ben Barber includes Republicans, Catholics and the tea party among the extremists, putting them in the same category as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Hamas and other terrorist groups. Really?

I happen to be a conservative and tend to vote Republican because the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the liberal/progressive faction. I am also a Catholic, and none of the Catholics I know could be described as extremists.

While I am not a tea party member, I support a lot of their values. They believe

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ISRAEL: Robinson takes distorted view of conflict

Re: “Same sad story – but with frightening stakes” (Eugene Robinson column, 11-20).

Robinson writes: “A disputed border incident provides a spark. Israel reacts with sudden force. Palestinians fire rockets at civilian targets. Israel launches reprisal attacks – first justified, then disproportionate.”

There was no spark. The reason was years-long bombardment of civilians throughout the south of Israel. No rockets, no response. The concept of “disproportionate response” is ludicrous.

The tragedy he describes – “anguished women wail at the funerals of children” – is tempered by the fact that these children live in the schools and homes that the

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