Re "Hamas raid kills 2 Israeli soldiers" (Page A10, July 20): Here's where things really stand in Gaza: Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza has targeted Israeli population centers. The goal is to terrorize and kill innocent civilians. Of course, Israel must take action to protect its citizens.
Note that prior to defensive responses on Israel's part, Gaza residents are warned so they can move away from rocket-launching sites. By means of this unprecedented humanitarian gesture, even while under attack, Israel tries to spare the lives of Palestinians.
Hamas and Islamic jihad demonstrate no such concern for the lives of Gaza's women and children and uses them as human shields. Civilian deaths in Gaza are a desired outcome as far as Hamas is concerned. The press is mostly uncritical of Hamas' pathological disregard for human life. Hamas is not concerned about Gazan casualties unless they can be used for propaganda purposes.
This is searing hypocrisy.
-- Julia Lutch, Davis