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Letter: Israel must respect Palestinian rights

If Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s support for a Palestinian state (Monitor letters, July 30) means she supports an independent, sovereign State of Palestine, including Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, along the 1967 (Green Line) borders (with whatever mutually agreed-upon modifications the two parties negotiate) with East Jerusalem as its capital and ruled by a unification government of its choosing then I agree.

I don’t support any agreements, however, where Palestinian rights and sovereignty are endorsable only so long as they are subordinated to Israeli interests.

I also support a Palestinian right of return. A few years ago, I had a conversation with Israeli strategic consultant Yossi Alpher and asked why Israel was so opposed to even a modest Palestinian right of return – perhaps just a handful, a few hundred – any token acknowledgement of “The Nakba” (catastrophe) that befell indigenous Palestinians by the creation of the State of Israel? Alpher said that to permit even a handful to return would acknowledge that Israel was “born in sin” and that that was unacceptable.

A colleague responded, “What nation hasn’t been born in sin?” Further, I’ve no problem with Israel building a wall separating it from the occupied Palestinian territories if that makes it feel safe.

My problem arises when the wall is built in part on someone else’s land. If Israel wants a wall then build it exclusively on Israeli land – along the 1967 Green Line – and you will not hear another peep about it from me.
Also, I’d like to offer a correction to Rabbi Nafshi’s letter – more than 605 Israelis were killed in the Second Intifada. I believe the truth is sadder – it was approximately 1,010 Israelis, 3,350 Palestinians and 55 foreigners.



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TO WHOM DOES THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONG? Israeli Sense of Humor at United Nations sets record straight. A representative from Israel began: "Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses. When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, 'What a good opportunity to have a bath.' Moses removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Palestinian had stolen them!" The Palestinian representative at the UN jumped up furiously and shouted, "What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren't there then." The Israeli representative smiled and said, "And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech."

Bob, Hamas wanted all that concrete to come in for "schools and hospitals" only to see virtually all of it used for invasion tunnels. This is what you defend? Why do the the Palestinian people allow themselves to be used as shields and pawns? Hamas has broken every cease fire. These letters smack of paid advocacy.

Much has been made of the tunnels. Little evidence has been produced that they actually penetrated Israeli territory. I make no claims either way, waiting to see some real proof that the tunnels were other than a subterranean maze beneath Gaza. Until then they are in the same realm as Saddam Hussein's mobile chemical labs. Let's not forget that one reason given for the attack on Gaza was the murder of the 3 teens by - no doubt about it - Hamas. Until the fact was revealed that Hamas had nothing to do with it.

Even worse, the peace loving Palestinians killed them. Hamas is a terrorist group, threatening a state that wants to exist and be left alone. Those Palestinians are from Jordan and should go back there but besides that, anyone who is not Israeli in the Middle East is viewed as an angel to progressives. Wait, wait, I see their halos.

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