America should be supporting Israel, not Hamas

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I was dismayed to learn that the Obama administration is sending $47 million aid to Gaza during this war Hamas has started against our ally, Israel.

Hamas is a terrorist organization. It is illegal for the U.S. to send money to terrorist organizations. In past wars, the U.S. has sent money and assistance to Israel. Congress should block this and send it to Israel instead.

Hamas initiated this war by killing three Israeli teenagers, one was an American citizen as well as Israeli, and targeting Israeli civilians with missiles. Israel has no choice but to eliminate this threat to its people. Hamas hides its weapons in schools, hospitals, mosques and apartment buildings.

Israel warns the Palestinians to get out before striking these targets. Yet Hamas diabolically encourages people to stay as human shields, deliberately incurring civilian casualties. It is a level of depravity to human life that we in America do not fully comprehend.

President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, the Europeans and the media are wrong. There is no moral equivalence in this struggle. Since 1948 the Arabs have been at war with Israel, trying by any means to destroy it, save two countries, Egypt and Jordan, who have made peace and accepted Israel.

The 20 other Arab countries have used the Palestinians as pawns in this effort. The current war would end tomorrow if Hamas would stop shooting missiles at Israel, stop kidnapping and murdering Israelis, close the tunnels through which they smuggle weapons and attack Israel and accept a demilitarized condition.

Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, handing the Palestinians a de facto state complete with 3,000 state of the art greenhouses to generate millions of dollars in business. Hamas destroyed the greenhouses and have not done anything to improve the conditions for their people. They spend their millions of dollars of American, European and United Nations aid to destroy Israel instead of building a country and ameliorating the lives of their people.

America sending aid the Hamas in this war, not to its ally, Israel, is terrible and wrong. Congress must stop this.

 

Leora Levy
Greenwich

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