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Reader's view: Krauthammer’s column was right on Israel and Hamas

I don’t always agree with Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, whose works are published most Sundays on the News Tribune Opinion pages. But his July 20 column on Israel and Hamas was spot on (“Moral clarity in Gaza”).

The Palestinians almost unbelievably elected the Hamas organization, which publicly states its goal as the destruction of Israel, and which is named a terrorist organization by many nations and governing bodies, including the U.S. We now recall the Camp David meetings of President Bill Clinton with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat in 2000, at which the Palestinians were offered a two-state solution and given almost everything they asked for except the return of all the refugees. (An aside here is remembering that President Clinton and Sen. George Mitchell at that same time seriously aided the calming of the troubles in Ireland between Catholics and Protestants.)

Unfortunately, Arafat stormed out of the Clinton meetings and restarted the Intifadeh, a resumption of the Palestinians’ war upon Israel, once more snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Jim Waldo