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Don’t repeat history

Dear Editor:

President Obama spoke in Cairo, Egypt, on June 5. He erroneously compared the suffering of Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria to the murder of 6 million Jews during WWll done at the hands of the Nazis and their Arab allies. This is an insult to the memory of those who were tortured and murdered. We must remember that Mohammed Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (leader of the Arabs in then Jewish Palestine), aided Hitler in designing the death camps called “The Final Solution.” The Grand Mufti also created the Arab “Hanjar Division” of the Nazi Waffen SS.

Most of the suffering of Arabs who are currently living in areas that have historically been part of Israel is not caused by Israelis, but rather by their own Arab leaders. When given humanitarian aid, their own land, and a chance to improve their lot, they used those resources to build rockets and fund terrorism to kill Israelis and others.

Many times these so-called “Palestinians” have been offered their own country; each time they have rejected these opportunities. Unfortunately, their goal – and the goal of much of the Arab world – is not to co-exist peacefully with the West, but rather to destroy Western civilization. They not only deny Israel’s right to exist but they view America’s civilization as their mortal enemy.

History has shown that “giving land for peace” does not result in peace; it merely results in giving the enemy land. A historic example is the Munich agreement. Britain and other European powers attempted to appease Hitler by giving him a part of Czechoslovakia, the Sudentenland. Rather than stopping his aggression Hitler took his army and overran the rest of Czechoslovakia and then went on to invade Poland. Similarly, four years ago Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza hoping to take a step toward peace. As we see, the result was not peace, but increased rocket fire, terrorism, and attacks on Israel.

Giving up part of the ancient Jewish homeland for the sake of peace may sound like a rational solution. Unfortunately, the only thing this would accomplish would be to place Hamas and other Arab terrorists groups closer to Israel, placing them in an even better position to destroy Israel – the only democratic nation in the Middle East.

Larry Rosenfield

Aspen


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