Is­rael sovereignt­y and Pales­tine

The News-Times - - OPINION -

Your pre­vi­ously pub­lished let­ter on Is­raeli sovereignt­y is wrong on all ac­counts.

First, re­spected In­ter­na­tional le­gal au­thor­i­ties have stated that the Is­raeli an­nex­a­tion of the Golan Heights is le­gal.

Sec­ond, in­ter­na­tional law states that land con­quered in a de­fen­sive war (which the Is­raeli’s have un­der­gone six pre­vi­ous times with neigh­bor­ing Arab armies) can be added to their ter­ri­tory, if the present

pop­u­la­tion is not evicted. That is cer­tainly cor­rect in the “dis­puted” ter­ri­to­ries.

Can any ed­u­cated per­son say that Jeri­cho is not con­sid­ered par­tially Jewish af­ter Joshua “fought the bat­tle of Jeri­cho and the walls came tum­bling down?”

Arabs start­ing ar­riv­ing in Is­rael over 100 years ago when the Jewish set­tlers be­gan buy­ing land, drain­ing swamps, de­vel­op­ing an in­fra­struc­ture and pro­duc­ing em­ploy­ment, which the early Arab pop­u­la­tion was happy to ac­cept.

Dur­ing World War II the Pales­tinian brigade, at­tached to the Bri­tish army, was com­posed of only Jews. The Pales­tinian Sym­phony Orches­tra of

100 years ago was com­posed of only Jews.

Pales­tine was the name given to Is­rael, Judea and Sa­maria by the Ro­mans,

150 years af­ter the death of Christ, to “get rid of those pesky Jews and their King Je­sus Christ.”

In the 1930s there were signs all over Europe stat­ing, “Jews, go back to Pales­tine!”

It is sad that the two groups can­not agree on a mu­tu­ally agreeable so­lu­tion to what ap­pears to be an in­tractable prob­lem.

Joseph Be­har


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