I think Patrick Pexton has a fundamental misunderstanding about Hamas’s goals. Palestinian rockets from Gaza are intended to kill and have the ability to do so. If not for Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system, dozens more rockets would have rained down on civilians, presumably with deadly results. I am sure Hamas would vehemently deny their intentions are “bee stings.” I am also sure that the families of the killed Israelis would not categorize the missiles that killed their loved ones as “bee stings.”

Nathan Edeson, Brooklyn, New York