Ha­mas stands in the way of co­op­er­a­tion

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION -

When Gaza was re­turned to the Pales­tini­ans, Is­rael left them a func­tion­ing coun­try. Amer­i­can Jews do­nated mil­lions of dol­lars to keep the econ­omy strong. As soon as the IDF left, ev­ery­thing was de­stroyed, thereby mak­ing their lives more mis­er­able. Even now the fuel sup­ply has been cut by the demon­stra­tors set­ting fires. Aid, which has been sent in from many coun­tries, has been used by Ha­mas to build tun­nels in­stead of pro­vid­ing a bet­ter life for the pop­u­la­tion. Egypt has closed the border with Gaza, be­cause Ha­mas has built tun­nels into that coun­try as well.

At the time of the cre­ation of Is­rael, Ben Gu­rion and other lead­ers begged the Arabs to stay in their homes and be­come a part of a new state. The ones who stayed have a good life to­day. Many were per­suaded to leave by the Arab states, who were about to at­tack Is­rael. They were promised that when the Jews were de­feated, they would be able to re­turn to their homes. About 700,000 Arabs were dis­placed and put into camps in­stead of be­ing ab­sorbed by other Arab na­tions. This was done to blame Is­rael for their plight. How­ever, just as many Jews, in Arab lands, were forced to leave with just the clothes on their backs. But they were taken in by Is­rael, Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

If Ha­mas were not in power, Gaza would be able to ben­e­fit from a good neigh­bor, Is­rael. Bar­bara Rosen­blum, Del­ray Beach

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