Letters: Deadly cycle continues 

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Deadly cycle continues

In response to an eight-year Israeli blockade of Gaza and the closing of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, Hamas shoots rockets into Israel, causing a disproportionate response from Israel, which in turn causes worldwide condemnation, further isolating Israel from most of the world.

A cease-fire will probably be negotiated, Israel will withdraw from Gaza, calm will again result for a short while and then the cycle of violence will be repeated over and over again.

And Israel will have another excuse for not engaging in meaningful peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu has in the past likened the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians to the racist apartheid system.

What is the response of our politicians?

Rally behind Israel.

And our lockstep support of Israel continues.

Ralph E. Stone

San Francisco

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