Marlene Wein

Legislators should demand release of hostages before urging ceasefire

If the massacre of Oct. 7 in Israel were to have happened at our border with Canada, would the United States be willing to urge a ceasefire without the return of the hostages?

It is disappointing and surprising to me that our Vermont leaders, Bernie Sanders, Becca Balint, and Peter Welch, are calling for a ceasefire in Gaza when over 100 hostages are still being held by terrorist organizations entrenched there.

Our concerned politicians seem to forget that there was a ceasefire before the devastating horrific invasion of vicious attacks against over 1,200 innocent civilians in Israel on Oct. 7, a holy day for the Jewish people.

This tiny country in the Middle East is 96.64% the size of Vermont. Its inhabitants are Jews who always lived there, the few Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants, the over 700,000 Jews forced to leave the homes they occupied in Arab lands, some for centuries, as well as those Arabs, Christians, and Muslims who chose to become Israeli citizens, and many more individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

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Who are the people of modern Israel?

‘Instead of utilizing Israel’s infrastructure for the benefit of the people of Gaza, Hamas was determined to fulfill the clearly stated goal of destroying Israel and killing all Jews — jihad’

Since the Iranian-sponsored Hamas devastation wrought on Oct. 7 - a Jewish Sabbath Day as well as what should have been the joyous holiday of Simchat Torah - I have struggled to share the horror and sadness I feel. But I know when people don't respond to unjust and...

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