- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ziad Asali’s column “Mideast political conundrum” (Op-Ed, Tuesday) is a perfect example of why ending the war between Israel and Hamas is so difficult.

Mr. Asali refers to Israeli settlements or settlement seven times in the column but fails to mention even once rockets and mortar rounds from Hamas. The column laments that 1.5 million innocent Palestinians are caught in the middle but disregards the fact that 1 million Israelis are within range of Hamas rockets and mortars. It’s a classic and perfect example of “when the facts prove you wrong, change the subject.”

Here are the facts: 8,000 rocket and mortar rounds from Gaza into southern Israel in the past eight years. In 2008 alone there were 3,000 rockets and mortars.

How can we stop the current war between Israel and Hamas? Immediately stop the firing of all rockets and mortars into southern Israel. The fighting will end that same day. It should be made clear to Hamas that anytime it resumes firing into Israel, that same day the battle begins anew. It’s that simple.

JON SPINNANGER

Williamsburg

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As a physician, an attorney and a social worker, we are concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the lack of cries for a cease-fire coming from Washington. In the first 11 days of this war, four Israelis and 600 Palestinians have been killed — overwhelmingly civilians, and hundreds of them children. Over a million people are without electricity, a quarter million without running water, and emergency supplies are cut off. As a new year dawns in our world and a new era comes to Washington, what are we doing to stop the violence and insist on peace? If we are to resume our role as a moral leader in the world, our moment to act is now.

JAMILA LARSON, L.I.C.S.W.

ELIZABETH MULAIKAL, M.D.

ATRESHA KARRA, J.D.

Washington

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