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Sanders On Israel

Two front-page stories in your April 22 issue quote Sen. Sanders’ calumny
that Israel’s use of force in the 2014 Gaza war was “disproportionate.” Your
editorial in the same issue (“Sanders Crosses A Line”) says that some believe
Sanders’ criticism was “deeply unfair,” without, however, explaining why.

Here’s why: On July 15, 2014, one week after fighting broke out, Israel
accepted a cease-fire proposed by Egypt. Only because Hamas rejected the
proposal did the fighting continue. Time and again after July 15 Israel
sought to end the fighting. Time and again Hamas’ response was “bring it
on!”

When Hamas eventually accepted a cease-fire, Gaza deaths had multiplied more
than tenfold from under 200 as of July 15 to over 2,000. Hamas’ serial
rejections of numerous cease-fire proposals thus places responsibility for
the awful carnage — which Mr. Sanders has cited as evidence for his charge
of disproportionality — overwhelmingly at Hamas’ door.

This history removes Mr. Sanders’ criticism of Israel from the realm of being
unfair, a matter of judgment that can be debated; it places his criticism
in opposition to the facts, which cannot.

Manhattan

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