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Needless fighting in Gaza? Tell Hamas

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Dec. 30, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
December 30, 2008 8:10 pm

This editorial will be published in tomorrow’s print edition.

A simple question suffices to figure out who’s to blame for the fighting that’s broken out between Israel and Hamas:

Which side would stop attacking if the other side stopped attacking it?

The question has been answered. Hamas has been firing rockets at Israel – in increasing numbers – for years. It unleashed a barrage on Israel after it unilaterally junked a cease-fire on Dec. 18.

Yes, Israel had been cutting off shipments of goods to Gaza. But that’s precisely because Hamas has been relentlessly smuggling in weaponry from Iran and turning Gaza into a vast staging area for attacks on Israel.

No government on earth can be expected to stand idly by as its citizens are bombarded by a neighboring nation.

Fatah, which has the same grievances as Hamas, doesn’t feel compelled to fire artillery at Israeli towns. Heaven knows Gaza’s civilians – whom Hamas routinely uses as human shields – have suffered enough from this conflict. But there’s no question as to who’s been perpetuating it.

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