Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Hezbollah


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: No side has a moral right to violence

Both letters on Israel and Palestine oversimplify their arguments (TNT, 8-4).

One writer, who holds Israel to “higher standards,” violates a fundamental principle of human society: reciprocity. When Hamas or Hezbollah chooses to rocket Israeli civilians, reciprocity justifies violence against their citizens. When Israel applies violence to Palestinian citizens, it has justified violence against its own.

No side has a moral right to violence without entailing an equal right to respond with violence. “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

Each side writes compelling narratives to justify their violence. Before 1967, Jordan and Egypt occupied the West Bank and

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