This opinion letter is in response to Christopher Benedict’s letter “Israel overreacts” published in Sunday’s paper.
Mr. Benedict says that because Hamas’ recent missile strikes have not killed anyone, Israel is not justified in attacking Hamas. I wonder what Mr. Benedict’s opinion would be if his neighbor across the street fired random bullets into his house. Would he be outraged if the police arrived and told him that since no one was hurt or killed that nothing would be done?
Recently, 230 Palestinians were killed by Israeli counterstrikes, and Hamas reported that 15 of the dead were civilians. If you believe anything Hamas says, this is a tacit admission that at least 215 of those killed were Hamas terrorists.
Hamas’ doctrine calls for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Hamas is the elected party of the Palestinian people, and everyone agrees that Hamas is attacking Israel. How is that not an act of war that justifies a response?