The rockets from Gaza that precipitated recent hostilities between Hamas and Israel have stopped raining terror over millions of Israeli citizens ("Palestinians celebrate as truce holds," Nov. 25).
Since Israel relinquished control of Gaza in 2005, 13,000 rockets have been fired over the border, 1,900 this year alone. No nation can tolerate this.
After 9/11, Americans have a full appreciation of Israel’s position. Our government can be praised for helping Israel with the resources and technology to fend off many of these forays.
However, Israelis can’t and won’t be expected to live their lives in bomb shelters. We all hope and pray for peace, but there have been cease-fires before.
The free movement of goods and people that Hamas is demanding in its negotiations will only lead to more terror if the constant smuggling of weapons, which has gone on for years, is allowed to continue.
Israel has made difficult sacrifices and territorial compromises. They have led nowhere. As long as Hamas puts its dedication to Israel’s destruction above the welfare of its own people, this will only be one more lull in the fighting.
Israelis again will be forced to do what they must: protect themselves.
Interim CEO Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Sylvania
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