Right­ing the wrongs on Is­rael

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ In your ed­i­to­rial ‘World in­dif­fer­ent to the mas­sacre of pro­test­ers’ (May 16), you make some bla­tantly un­true as­ser­tions about Is­rael.

You claim that Gaza is in a state of “con­stant siege” from Is­rael, while con­ve­niently ig­nor­ing the fact that since

2007 Gaza has been con­trolled by Ha­mas, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which is in a per­ma­nent state of war with Is­rael.

In­stead of us­ing in­ter­na­tional aid to de­velop in­fra­struc­ture, schools and hos­pi­tals for the or­di­nary peo­ple in Gaza, Ha­mas con­sis­tently di­verts re­sources to build weapons and tun­nels to launch terror at­tacks against Is­rael. Just this morn­ing, Ha­mas has re­jected med­i­cal aid of­fered by Is­rael.

Ha­mas for­sakes the or­di­nary peo­ple of Gaza, in its quest to de­stroy Is­rael. In­deed, the peo­ple in Gaza are ef­fec­tively hostages to the Ha­mas ter­ror­ist lead­er­ship.

You say that Pales­tini­ans were “ex­pelled” in 1948 when Is­rael was founded. In fact, a fair com­pro­mise was proposed for the land to be split into a Jewish state called Is­rael and a Pales­tinian Arab state.

Is­rael ac­cepted this com­pro­mise; the Arabs re­jected it, and seven Arab armies at­tacked Is­rael to de­stroy it at its birth.

The so-called ‘right of re­turn’ for Pales­tini­ans is in fact just a mech­a­nism to de­stroy the state of Is­rael by swamp­ing its tiny borders with mil­lions of peo­ple. Is­rael is only the size of Le­in­ster.

Ex­treme naivety is ev­i­dent in your ref­er­ence to a “mas­sacre of pro­test­ers”. The IDF was forced to de­fend Is­raeli cit­i­zens in the face of a vi­o­lent riot, where tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were at­tempt­ing to breach the border with Is­rael.

Re­gret­tably, it is hardly ever men­tioned in the Ir­ish me­dia that, fol­low­ing Is­rael’s es­tab­lish­ment and its sur­vival against a geno­ci­dal at­tack by seven Arab armies, some 900,000 Jewish peo­ple were ex­pelled from Arab coun­tries and had to flee to Is­rael as refugees.

Is it too much to hope that one day there will be an emo­tional re­ac­tion in the Ir­ish me­dia and from Ir­ish politi­cians about that?

Zeev Boker

Am­bas­sador of Is­rael

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