READING your article about Gaza (News Letter, November 19), the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, is wrong to blame Hamas for the recent escalation in violence.
Initially, seven Palestinians – including children – were killed by Israel without any media attention which provoked a response from other smaller Palestinian groups, injuring four Israeli soldiers.
This was followed by Israel’s extrajudicial execution of Hamas’s military commander which forced Hamas to react.
We should remember that Israel is imposing an illegal blockade on the Gaza Strip – largely inhabited by Palestinian refugees who were ethnically cleansed when Israel was created on parts of Palestine in 1948 by the West – denying them necessary food and medicine which is an act of aggression on its own.
Let’s also not forget that Tel Aviv was never attacked by the home-made Palestinian rockets until the Israeli army – the fourth strongest army in the world – started its current offence.