The analysis of the Israel-Palestinian conflict in Sunday's paper was very interesting, but I feel it's important to stress one point the writers made ["Israeli offensive was foreseen," News, Nov. 18].
When a minority group wants to claim its rights and the world sympathizes with its desire to proclaim independence and freedom, that is often admirable. But, Hamas has stated time and again that its goal is nothing less than the total destruction of Israel.
This point makes this conflict unlike any of the comparisons that are often made to apartheid, Northern Ireland or even the birth of Israel. Until the overall Palestinian goal of annihilation of Israel is deleted from their agenda and culture, then peace, unfortunately, will be a distant dream.
Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, Commack
Editor's note: The writer is the director of Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island, a religious organization.