Robert Ritter is not naïve (“Is there hope for the Middle East?,” The Telegram July 30).
His call for Canadians to export their country’s co-operation and goodwill to the Middle East is spot on.
Less so, it might be argued, is Ritter’s perception of the current Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, which he attributes to “apparent irreconcilable demands” by the adversaries: Israel’s goal of security guarantees and Hamas’ demand for an end to Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
An alternate conflictual dynamic might be suggested, in which Israel is compelled to operate militarily to defend its civilian population against Hamas, a group committed through the words of its charter (as Ritter notes) as well as its terrorist actions to Israel’s violent destruction.
Such actions include the thousands of Hamas missiles launched at Israeli civilian population centres from Gaza since the unilateral end to Israel’s occupation of Gaza in 2005, and the scores of tunnels permitting the infiltration of Hamas terrorists from Gaza to Israel that have been discovered and destroyed by the Israeli army in the current conflict.
David H. Goldberg