The Jan. 4 editorial, “A bloody new year in Gaza,” refers twice to the “Tel Aviv” government. The Israeli Parliament and government are in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

And contrary to what the editorial states, Hamas won the elections in Gaza not because it’s a terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel, but because the Fatah-controlled Palestinian authority was rotten to the core. At that time, Hamas was considered “clean” and ran a variety of welfare organizations that jumped into the vacuum created by the corrupt Palestinian authorities. The voters thought they were “throwing the rascals out.” They got other rascals instead. They know it but are afraid to say so openly.

ehud harari

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