Certainly, the situation in the Middle East is ugly (see Diana C Smith's message "When you have no hope" in the August 5 Reader Opinion area). However, any submission that omits pertinent information runs the risk of advocating one while denigrating the other. For instance, Israel has diplomatic relations with 159 nations. This number includes Egypt and Jordan but no other Arab countries. In fact, the other Arab nations do not even allow for the physical existence of Israel. When one lives in a dangerous neighborhood where most are dedicated to your elimination, you might find it necessary to be very robust in defense of your existence.
The freely elected government of Gaza, Hamas, per the BBC, Under the group's charter, Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel.
Would anybody seriously consider telling the people of Tomahawk to leave all of their doors unlocked and open 24 hours a day to eliminate conflict with any who covet their goods and possessions? If not, how can we in safe Tomahawk advise those in Israel to open their doors to Hamas?