It is amazing to me that you would print the one-sided, uninformed opinion piece by Jim Stoffels (In Focus, July 20).
Palestine does have a right to be recognized as a state and to live in freedom. However, the primary cause of the recent conflict was the joining of the Palestinians and Hamas -- an acknowledged terrorist organization.
Israel should not have to be subjected to an endless rocket (handmade or otherwise) attack -- from the Palestinians or Hamas. The world needs to marginalize Hamas and return control to Palestine. Perhaps then peace negotiations could resume. Stoffels' myopic view of Israel is simply wrong and not helpful.
DICK HAMNES, Richland