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Time for peace in the Mideast

Dear Editor:

Cathleen Krahe writes that “the West Bank (designated for the Palestinians in 1949). Israel took over the West Bank in 1967 after the Six-Day War and has since held it under an oppressive military occupation.” She just happens to conveniently forget it was occupied by Jordan, who in 1948 kicked the Jews from their homes. She also didn’t mention that it was the Arabs that attacked the Israelis after they accepted the two state partition and peace. Five Arab nations tried to destroy Israel and there was no occupation.

Israel offered immediately after the 1967 War to return all the lands won in the war in exchange for peace. The Arab response was the three “No” answers – no recognition of Israel, no talks with Israel and no peace with Israel.

There was no occupation before 1967 and the Arabs still terrorized and tried to destroy Israel. Krahe still blames everything on Israel and the jews! Why does she do this I have to wonder?

Since the Six-Day War, Israel has offered “land for peace.” Tiny Israel, shall give up “land,” and in exchange it shall receive “peace” from the Arab side. Time and time again when this has been offered and land given to the Palestinians, Israel in return received rockets, suicide-homicide murderers and wars.

Krahe wrote, “the frightening occupation and attended, along with my group, peaceful weekly Palestinian protests against the occupation, the separation wall and confiscation of their land.”

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Once again she fails to mention after scores of suicide bombings and daily terror attacks against Israeli children and civilians that have killed more than 1,000 people and wounded thousands more since September 2000, Israel’s government decided to construct a security fence to prevent terrorists from infiltrating into Israeli population centers.

It’s obviously clear to the Israeli people that the Palestinian Authority used terror to achieve its goals and that something had to be done to protect the civilian population.

Before the construction of the fence, and in many places where it has not yet been completed, a terrorist need only walk across an invisible line to cross from the West Bank into Israel. Approximately 75 percent of the suicide bombers who attacked targets inside Israel came from across the border where the first phase of the fence was built. Krahe writes about historic Palestine.

Israel is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil, and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba and 2,000-year-old scrolls.

Israel became a nation about 1300 BCE, 2,000 years before the rise of Islam. The Jews have had dominion over the land for 1,000 years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

When the Palestinians stop teaching the children jihad, hate and lies in schools is when the peace process can truly begin.

Jerome Marks

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