Hamas are the biggest threat to a two-state solution in Middle East

I must admit that I initially thought Charlie Murphy’s riposte to an objective statistical analysis of Gaza’s Palestinian community was a belated April fool’s joke (Letters, April 2).

Hamas are the biggest threat to a two-state solution in Middle East

Sadly, I quickly realised that it was yet another polemical exercise that made sweeping generalisations without any reference to the data.

To infer as Mr Murphy did from the stark and depressing statistics that they represented “the indomitable spiritof the people of Gaza”, is unfortunately indicative of a complete misinterpretation of quantitative analysis.

Moreover, to then blithely argue “that the Hamas rockets... are mere pin-pricks compared to the massive munitions used by Israel”, is effectively nothing more than an apology for the aggressive military act of a terrorist organization.

This is the core tenet of an anti-Israel agenda, which attempts to rewrite the historical record by minimising the fact that Hamas launched 3,360 rockets in Operation Protective Edge, of which 2,003 landed on Israeli soil.

In fact, Hamas’ indiscriminate mass firing of rockets led Amnesty International to conclude that “Hamas repeatedly launched unlawful attacks [that] displayed a flagrant disregard for International humanitarian law and for the consequences of their violations on civilians in both Israel and the Gaza Strip”.

This is what truly threatens any potential two-state solution, and that is surely a reason for despair.

Dr. Kevin McCarthy


Co Cork

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