Intellectually, we recognize that Israel has no choice but to defend its citizens. It can’t sit idly by while missiles traumatize and kill people. No nation could.
Hamas was the only one with a choice. It could stop firing missiles and thereby stop the bloodshed … or it could continue to bring misery to its people for little purpose except terror.
“Peace will come,” said Golda Meir in 1957, “when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
Sadly, for Hamas, that time has yet to arrive.
Sam Pollak is the editor The Daily Star. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.