A ceasefire requires both parties to participate

BRATTLEBORO — A ceasefire requires the participation of at least two parties. The demand for an immediate permanent ceasefire in the current Hamas war is a demand that Israel unilaterally surrender to Hamas.

Hamas broke the ceasefire in existence on Oct. 7, 2023. Hamas's stated mission is to destroy Israel and Jewish people.

Israel must stop indiscriminate bombing, allow safe passage of innocents from the war zone, oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cronies, elect a democratic government that will respect human rights, engage in negotiations for two states and permanent peace, and defend itself against Hamas and other genocidal movements.

Jean Anne Kiewel

This letter to the editor was submitted to The Commons.

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