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Letter: Article on West Bank paints an unclear picture

The New York Times article printed in the July 9 Buffalo News on greater calm in the West Bank (actually Judea and Samaria) veered off the rails in a couple of respects. The article accused Israel of being “intransigent” yet history does not back up the claim.

In fact, Israel has offered the Palestinians their own state multiple times, most recently in 2000, 2001, 2008. Palestinians rejected these offers summarily and without counter proposals, responding instead with waves of violence. In recent years Palestinians have announced that they will never again negotiate with Israel. The intransigence here is obvious, and it is obviously not Israel’s.

The article also inaccurately described the events on the Gaza-Israeli border as “protests.” Yet these weekly Palestinian attacks on the Israeli border have included the throwing of explosives, hand grenades, and Molotov cocktails; attempts to break through the border to enter Israel and kill Israeli civilians by (in the words of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar) “plucking out the hearts and livers” of any Israeli civilians unlucky enough to encounter these invaders; and sending incendiary kites and balloons into Israel which have burned 8,000 acres of land including wildlife preserves, burning to death various native animals and wildlife. “Protests?” Hardly!

Contrary to the article, an increased Palestinian focus on earning a living and getting ahead would actually be a good thing. If this trend exists and continues, “West Bank” Palestinians (like everyone else) can work towards attaining decent life goals. And they can prove to the world that despite their sorry track record, they can govern themselves appropriately.

Daniel H. Trigoboff, Ph.D.


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