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Letter: PLO refuses to accept Israel as its neighbor

PLO refuses to accept Israel as its neighbor

Recent op-eds and letters to The News supporting the U.N. resolution against Israel are rewarding terrorism. It’s an oxymoron to think that the Palestine Liberation Organization can be a peace partner when it provides financial incentives to its citizens to kill Jews. The PLO can’t be a partner until it accepts the reality of Israel as its neighbor.

It’s also incorrect to blame Israel’s settlements for the conflict. Jews were assaulted in the Mideast before Israel existed. When Israel was created, its neighbors tried to destroy it. Saying that Israel is illegally occupying land doesn’t make it true. The legal case for Jews living in the disputed territories is documented by international lawyers in “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law,” and Jacques Paul Gunther’s “Sovereignty Over the Old City: A Study of the Historical, Religious, Political and Legal Aspects of the Question of the Old City.”

Removing thousands of years of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem is nothing short of historical revisionism at best and racism at its worst. How can Israel be considered occupying its own capital?

In 1938, to appease Hitler, the Czechs were accused of disturbing the peace, leaving them with indefensible borders. Similarly, the Paris “peace” conference on Sunday may try to impose indefensible borders on Israel that will also rob it of its historic claim to the land.

Because of misconceptions, the world can make mistakes. It’s happened before and we are witnessing it, tragically, again.

Elinor Weiss

East Amherst

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