In his Nov. 23 op-ed column, “Why was there war in Gaza,” Charles Krauthammer wondered “why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore,” would there be any reason for war there. Would that he were correct that there is no longer any occupation of Gaza.

Unfortunately, Israel occupies Gaza now as surely as when it had its settlements there. Gaza has been turned into an open-air prison, with all its borders — land, sea and air — controlled by Israel. If, for example, Egypt had the power to contain Israel in a similar prison, would Mr. Krauthammer say that there was no occupation of Israel? I think not.

Doris Rausch, Columbia