Humanitarian aid was clearly misused

Humanitarian aid sent by the West could have been used to build homes, schools, hotels on the seashore to attract tourists and create jobs, and to upgrade hospitals in Gaza.

Instead, Hamas has used humanitarian aid to buy missiles, other armaments and tons of cement and lumber to create tunnels under homes, schools, mosques and other public buildings that terminate under Israeli cities.

Missiles and other ammunition have been stored in homes and public buildings. Missiles fired from residential areas into Israel invited a response from Israel.

I wonder if this is a macabre plan to maximize civilian casualties who are regarded as martyrs to their cause. The plan, of course, is that pictures of all of these innocent civilian casualties create an outpouring of sympathy of the civilized world and condemnation of Israel due to the disproportionate number of casualties.

War is hell and innocent people are wounded, killed and displaced. This war was provoked by the continuous firing of missiles by Hamas aimed at civilians in Israel at the direction of the politburo chief of Hamas, Khaled Mashal, from his luxury suite in Qatar.

Elaine Kofman

Alameda

Obama should just wait on Congress


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Recent news reports were replete with stories about efforts on the part of many Republicans to sue the president for failing to faithfully execute the duties of his office as spelled out in the Constitution. They've spared no effort to come up with impeachable offenses, along with anything else they can conjure up in their never-ending quest to make good on their promise to make sure that President Barack Obama is a one-term president.

When he has acted on his own by executive order, they went into orbit.

But then the date for the beginning of their next vacation was suddenly upon them and they had not, as is usual for them, acted on the president's request for funds to deal with our border crisis, they've now implored the president to act on his own.

You can bet, however, that no matter what he does, it will be totally wrong in the eyes of his detractors.

This might be a good time for the president to do nothing but wait until Congress returns, then ask again for a bill to fund the needs of the border states. Turnabout is fair play or so they say.

Clyde E. Albert

Hayward

Hatred, not peace, is the central issue

The author of an Aug. 1 letter says creating a Palestinian nation will solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think the letter writer is naive. Hamas repeatedly proclaims it will fight until all Israeli Jews are killed or expelled. A Palestinian nation will not satisfy it.

Indeed, there was never a Palestinian Arab nation -- only a Palestinian Jewish nation. The Allies created Palestine in 1922 from defeated Ottoman Turkey as a home for Jews who were a plurality of the population of that desolate area.

Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman and Muscat were created for the Arabs.

But that was not enough for the Arabs. So, in 1946, Great Britain detached 80 percent of Jewish Palestine, gave it to a Saudi sheik, and called it the Kingdom of Palestine and Jordan. But that wasn't enough. So in 1947, the United Nations proposed dividing Jewish Palestine again. Still unsatisfied, the Arabs launched a war to kill all the Jews.

Beneath the fiction of an Arab Palestine lies pure hatred, not peace.

Seth Watkins

Menlo Park