Failing its people
William Scoular (“Instability is profitable,” Letters to the Editor, April 25), responding to Bill Stewart’s column (“What’s fueling Palestinian violence?,” Understanding Your World, April 15), identifies Palestinian violence as “stemming from a disparity between Israel’s relative prosperity and security and Palestine’s relative poverty and insecurity.” If the government of Hamas would invest in building schools, colleges, hospitals and homes in Gaza, its people would have the opportunity to achieve the relative prosperity and secure lifestyle that eludes them now. Instead, Hamas invests in weapons and building tunnels, leaving the people frustrated and hopeless. Surely many other factors influence the Middle East troubles. But shouldn’t the Palestinian government in Gaza share the blame for failing its people time and again?
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