To the Editor:
Henry Siegman goes through his usual gyrations, turning reality inside out in order to come to his perennial conclusion: Israel is to blame.
So, in his world, when Hamas launches rockets at Israeli civilians it's because they have no choice. And when Israel counterattacks, they are engaging in an unnecessary activity, not acting to protect their people.
A few basic facts Siegman ignores: Hamas has a charter which they live up to every day calling for Israel's destruction. Hamas has used the last two years of relative quiet to build up an arsenal of rockets whose sole purpose is to attack Israel. Hamas has built a huge network of tunnels leading into Israel with the purpose of murdering large numbers of Israelis and seizing hostages.
None of this has anything to do with the state of the peace process which Siegman sees as the problem. Hamas has been clear and why Siegman doesn't hear it is puzzle: it wants no peace with Israel. It seeks murder, brutality and hate and is more than willing to put the Palestinian residents of Gaza at risk if it will blacken Israel's good name.
It is no accident that even the Arab world itself understands that Hamas is to blame for this conflict. The facts are so evident. But for Siegman, the old line of "don't confuse me with the facts" always comes into play when Israel is the subject.
The Anti-Defamation League