It takes two sides for peace |

It takes two sides for peace

On Aug. 22, there was a letter to the editor, “Gaza conflict could be stopped,” by Dean Olson to which I’d like to respond.

The Gaza Strip is not a country and never has been. The land was given to the people that lived their by Israel with the hopes that gesture would bring about peace. Once Hamas defeated Fatah a bloody battle for control of Gaza, Hamas immediately began firing on Israel. Don’t take my word for it, look it up.

The West Bank is controlled by Fatah and they are doing quite well because they have decided to live peacefully with Israel. Many people who live in the West Bank work and shop in Israel and have a much better life than those in the Hamas territory of Gaza

You obviously have a very slanted view of the problems in the Middle East. If Hamas were to lay down their arms there would be peace as there is in the West Bank. If Israel were to lay down their arms, there would be no Israel.

It takes two sides to make peace. Now there is only one.

Stan Meckler, a member of The Union Editorial Board, lives in Grass Valley.

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