Not another Arab state
In “When Begin rejected Bibi’s good advice,” (January 10), Douglas Bloomfield makes the pronouncement, “Palestinian statehood… is the sine quo non for peace with the Palestinians.” History does not support that opinion.
Arab leadership has rejected every opportunity to establish a Palestinian state since the Peel Commission of 1936. Actually, what they rejected, and continue to reject, is a Palestinian state along with a Jewish state.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend to anyone that they establish another Arab state. There is no reason to believe that an Arab state established in the small area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea would be any better for most of its population than those Arab states that already exist in this region.
The Arabs who live in Judea and Samaria have a higher standard of living than those who live in the Middle East outside of the State of Israel, whereas those that live in Gaza have about the lowest of anywhere in the area. Israeli Arabs, especially the Christians, have continuously rejected being under the Palestinian Authority.
“Land for peace” is a cute slogan that has no basis in reality. When Israel exited Gaza in 2005, we were given an opportunity to observe its consequences. Enough said. HAIM SHALOM SNYDER Petah Tikva