Israel needs unconditional surrender from Hamas

Israel needs unconditional surrender from Hamas

Israel must declare the precise objectives of its campaign in Gaza – for its own citizens and soldiers, and establish the credibility of its efforts in the eyes of the world. The “destruction” of Hamas has no meaning in international law and is too vague to ask Israelis to sacrifice everything.

History provides an example of what Israel should do. At the end of World War II, the Allies’ goal was clear: the German Third Reich must accept “unconditional surrender.” The Allies’ demands on Germany should now serve as a model for Israel. Hamas’s war crimes are as depraved as those of the Nazis; their scale is much smaller only because the Jews now have a fortified homeland and an Israeli army. Hamas and the Nazis also shared the goal of Jewish genocide. Like the Allies, Israel should announce that it will obtain the unconditional surrender of Hamas.

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With a penchant for words, Eleon Smith began writing at an early age. As editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he honed his skills telling impactful stories. Smith went on to study journalism at Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class. After interning at the New York Times, Smith landed a role as a news writer. Over the past decade, he has covered major events like presidential elections and natural disasters. His ability to craft compelling narratives that capture the human experience has earned him acclaim. Though writing is his passion, Eleon also enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction in his free time. With an eye for detail and knack for storytelling, he continues making his mark at the forefront of journalism.
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