To the editor:
Every major news source, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, reports daily on calls for a cease-fire in Gaza.
The United Nations and nearly every Pro-Palestinian group have repeatedly called for a cease-fire.
The Israeli counter-offensive has been raging for two months yet there have been no reports of an individual, a group, an organization, or a country calling for a surrender by Hamas. The sooner Hamas surrenders, the sooner the humanitarian crisis will end, the sooner civilian and military deaths will cease, and the sooner the war criminals can be brought to justice.
Given the immediate benefits of a Hamas surrender, why haven’t we heard a call from any sector for that surrender? As a Navy veteran, I may be risking my reputation by calling for peace, but I would like to be the first on record to call for the unconditional surrender of Hamas.
Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey R. Smith, USN-Retired
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