Cathryn Sells of Grover Beach (“Silence is the voice of complicity,” Jan. 8) and Ray Bracken of Los Osos (“Bullies court reprisals,” Jan. 8) are totally uninformed about Israel, Gaza, and Israeli defense. According to Israeli news sources and our friends living in Israel, Hamas has been launching rockets into Israel for over 10 years, at least. When the Gaza was given over to Hamas and innocent Israelis’ homes were confiscated, peace was promised. Here we are five years later and still there’s no peace. Hamas lied and is continually launching more sophisticated rockets with mortars among other tactics, resulting in the death and injury of Israelis in very large numbers. Hamas’ cowardly act of using women and children to shield themselves against attack while they continue to launch from homes and schools is outrageous!
Israel does not have a right to defend itself? Israel does not have the right to preserve her people against genocide? Stop believing the outright lies of the anti-Semitic/anti-Israel American press and those of radical Islam. The Palestinian Authority has never honored its promises and is not likely to change its stand. This is the real truth. Israel is not the bully.