In “Israel needs to make tough strategic choices” (1/22/24), why is Israel the only side ‘needing’ to make tough choices? For all the reports that The Washington Post has published critical of Israel, including this editorial, why are there no editorials critical of Hamas, asking them to make tough choices?
Why are the The Washington Post, other media sources, the US administration, the European Union, etc ‘urging’ only Israel on how the aftermath of this conflict should look?
Spoiler alert to all the above entities: Hamas does not want and is not asking for a two-state solution. They have an ipso facto state now, and look at the barbaric massacre that they inflicted upon Israel: 1200 slaughtered Israelis through mutilation, burning alive, and other torturous ways. This included the murder of babies. They then took 240 hostages, also including babies, and hold half that number to this day.
So with the world lambasting Israel for the casualty count and carnage, with all the protests against Israel, why is no one stating the obvious: Hamas is so fanatically committed to devastating Israel they don’t even act like they care about the resulting devastation to their own people! Isn’t it time for Hamas to make tough choices? The world should demand that they make the choice to stop fighting, surrender, and return the remaining hostages – who may or may not still be alive.
For some reason, this obvious point never enters into the discussion of the Gaza war in any Washington Post article. The US administration, the UK, the European Union are also conspicuously silent to this. The ‘best’ approach is to ‘urge’ the Israelis to reward Hamas for what they did, and give them additional opportunities to do it all over again, which they promised? Utter nonsense – and neither the US, the UK, the EU would take that end of the bargain in a million years – so why are they forcing it on Israel?