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Mideast history revised

Dear Editor:

Oh, how we in the Aspen valley tire of Cathleen Krahe’s misrepresentations and rewriting of history to suit her obvious and too often repeated agendas! The number of distortions in her most recent letter to the editor on July 26, “Israel bullying Arabs,” are far too numerous to counter in this forum.

But there is one glaring falsification of history that jumps off the page that is truly ludicrous, and upon which she continues to base her anti-Israel rantings. She writes, “Israel is not satisfied with 78 percent of historic Palestine, it wants all of Jerusalem and the West bank,” etc.

Ms. Krahe’s memory must be slipping. She knows all too well that in 1948 with the UN partition of Palestine, Israel was left with 27 percent of what she calls “historic Palestine” which originally included all of what is today Israel, Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank), and the kingdom of Jordan. This happened because the British sought to appease the Arab League and gradually whittled away at the land meant for the Jewish state. You might say this was the beginning of “Land for Peace,” but it didn’t work then, and it still doesn’t work.

Please, Ms. Krahe, your distortions don’t befit a person of such stature.

Alan Altman


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