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Batson’s column on Mideast peace is wrong

By From page A11 | July 23, 2014

Serious conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are best served by facts, not inflammatory rhetoric.

Sadly, Jack Batson’s column (“Time to divest to spur Mideast peace,” July 14) misrepresents recent history and demonizes the Jewish state, thereby coming to biased conclusions. He correctly points out that the Palestinians do not have a state. This is not only due to the recent breakdown of the Kerry negotiations, but also because the Palestinian leadership rejected a United Nations proposed state in 1947, because Yasser Arafat did the same in 2000 and because Mahmoud Abbas similarly rejected a proposed state in 2009.

The sticking point in recent negotiations is not territory, as demonstrated in the past by Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai and Gaza regions, but by the ongoing refusal of the Palestinian leadership to accept making peace with, and recognizing, a Jewish state.

Batson claims Hamas’ supposed willingness to agree to a truce indicates an interest in peace. He should read the Hamas charter, which states: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it,” and, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

Hamas leaders have repeatedly indicated verbally, as well as by kidnappings and rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, that the elimination of the Jewish state is their goal.

Israelis want peace. The past four prime ministers of Israel, including Netanyahu, have all endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state. Israelis also want to know that any territory they evacuate will not be turned into another haven for rockets aimed at their cities.

Solano County residents would not tolerate an extremist enclave in Sacramento launching rockets every 10 minutes at Vacaville and Fairfield. Local families would not tolerate having to run with their children into bomb shelters at any hour of the day or night, with only 15 seconds of warning. Israelis will not tolerate that life, either.

Edward Levin

Fairfield

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  • Time For TruthJuly 22, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Mr Levin, us goy aren't as blind as we were and have less tolerance for your revision of history. The Palestinians do very much have a homeland... it is the Zionists who even today have no legitimate homeland. The Zionists invaded the Palestinian homeland in much the same way our country is being invaded today. At first the Zionists were non-radical settlers who got along well with their Arab hosts... but as the invasion intensified, the tipping point was met and the Arab hosts became the helpless victim to the invading Zionist masses and their designs to take over the region--politically and numerically... to include genocide of their Arab hosts. For you to say that all Israel (meaning, the Zionists) want is peace is a laugh. The Zionists will never want peace until they are beat into total submission... and then it's not a sure thing.

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  • Larry WJuly 22, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Time for truth. Oh please. Israel has an historic homeland and they have a right and an obligation to protect their citizens from terrorists that attack them. Might be a good idea for the Palestinian leaders to work for peace rather than encourage violence.

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  • Time For TruthJuly 22, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Oh please, Larry... the "Israel" you refer to is occupied by eastern European non-religious "Jews" who concocted a deadly form of nationalism called Zionism. They have no historic nor genetic tie to the land the Palestinians owned. The Zionists took the land by force and have been murdering the innocent ever since. I am no fan of Islam, but the wholesale murder of Arabs to take their land is just wrong.

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  • Time For TruthJuly 22, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Oh please, Larry... the "Israel" you refer to is occupied by eastern European non-religious "Joows" who concocted a deadly form of nationalism called Zionism. They have no historic nor genetic tie to the land the Palestinians owned. The Zionists took the land by force and have been murdering the innocent ever since. I am no fan of Islam, but the wholesale murder of Arabs to take their land is just wrong.

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  • Just wondering....July 22, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    One question I have: Why is it none of the arab countries want anything to do with Gaza?

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