His Excellency Salvador Sánchez Cerén
President of El Salvador
Alameda Doctor Manuel Enrique Arauji No 5500
San Salvador, El Salvador, C.A.
Dear Mr. President:
We are deeply troubled by your government’s harsh and one-sided statements toward Israel and the decision to recall El Salvador’s Ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultation.
El Salvador’s public statements and actions have put the onus for this conflict solely on Israel, despite the indisputable evidence that Hamas indiscriminately targets Israeli civilians with a relentless barrage of rockets and missiles, has built scores of tunnels with the intention of conducting terrorist attacks and kidnapping Israeli civilians and soldiers, and the well-documented cruel indifference of Hamas to the lives and safety of its own people in Gaza by drawing fire to densely populated areas in Gaza.
Missing from El Salvador’s statements is the recognition of Israel’s responsibility to protect its citizens - the majority of which live under the threat of Hamas rocket and tunnel attack.
Respectfully, we urge you to return your Ambassador to Israel, condemn Hamas and help to ensure it will cease firing on Israel, give up its weapons and abandon its goal of seeking the elimination of Israel. By doing so, El Salvador can play a constructive role in bringing an end to the suffering of the people of Gaza and the Israeli people.
Abraham H. Foxman