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Letter: A history lesson on Israel

A history lesson on Israel

Once again, Cathleen Krahe can’t seem to get the history of “Palestine” straight, or just makes it up (“Israel wants it all,” letters, Sept. 2, The Aspen Times). I understand she hates Israel, but she should at least get the story right.

She makes it seem like European Jews just “chose to make a Jewish state in the late 1800s, in an Arab area called Palestine.” Wrong.

Jews have been living in the area on a continuous basis for over 2,000 years — in Jerusalem, in Safed, in Tiberious, in Hebron and other places. And when the UN partitioned the area west of the Jordan River, the Jews accepted their half and named the new country Israel. The Arabs attacked, lost, and ended up with diminished land, as they did again in 1967.

Three different Israel governments offered Palestinians an independent state in 2000, 2001 and 2008, with over 95 percent of the pre-1967 borders, and with land swaps to compensate for the areas near Jerusalem to be retained by Israel. Each offer was turned down. And,what country that wins a war makes this kind of offer? How about you give back your part of Carbondale to the Utes, Cathleen?

The people who want “all the land from the Jordan Valley to the Sea” are Cathleen’s friends in Hamas and they say so clearly in their Charter. So, attack Israel all you want, but at least know what you’re talking about.

Jerry Epstein

Aspen and Philadelphia

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