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It's the Palestinians who have blocked peace

June 28, 2008

To the editor:

To:. G.F Miller,

If your commentary were not so sad, I would be laughing at reading your "Expulsion is a matter of record" which is misleading, biased and totally inaccurate.

As a citizen of Israel currently living in the United States, I would like to provide you with a short history lesson and then move to the facts:

1. Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people. Whether you are Muslim, Christian or Jewish, there is no dispute. Every scripture states that clearly.

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2. The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, or United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, was a plan approved by the United Nations on Nov. 29, 1947, to terminate the British Mandate of Palestine by Aug. 1, 1948, and create two states, one Jewish and one Arab, in Palestine.

Our "Palestinian Brothers" decided, as they often do, not to listen to the voice of reason and attacked the young state of Israel on the day the British Mandate was over. Fortunately, Israel won, and the era of the new strong, Israel started. I am happy to say, that we are celebrating 60 years of independence, something that every true American knows how to appreciate.

3. Since then, Israel has been attacked regularly by the Arab nations: 1956, 1967, 1973, 1991 (First Iraqi war), and in 2007 when Israeli soldiers were kidnapped, and Israeli cities were bombed, as they are bombed today daily. I wonder how Miller would feel if Hagerstown were bombarded daily by four to 10 missiles. Would you, oh-so-valiant Mr. Miller, lose sleep if the U.S. decided to retaliate?

4. Now, let's go over some highlights. Unfortunately I cannot record them all. The list of the "Righteous Palestinians" atrocities is too long over the last 60 years, so I will briefly mention some, on top of the daily bombings on Israeli cities that have happened in the last two years:

a. The Lod Airport massacre was a terrorist attack that occurred on May 30, 1972, in which three members of the Japanese Red Army, on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, killed 26 people and injured 80 others at Tel Aviv's Lod airport (now Ben Gurion International Airport).

b. The Ma'alot massacre was an attack, carried out in Ma'alot, Israel, by members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and occurred on May 15, 1974, the 26th anniversary of Israeli independence. In this massacre members of the DFLP murdered 22 religious high school students from the city of Safed.

c. October 21, 2002 - In one of the most barbaric and heinous terror attacks targeting innocent Israeli civilians, 16 people were murdered and 65 wounded when an Islamic suicide bomber drove a car packed with more than 100 kilograms of explosives into the back of Egged bus No. 841.

Palestinians have only themselves to blame: During the administrations of Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes, Israel and the U.S., as true partners in the war on terror, have offered their hands to the Palestinians. Again and again, they were refused by the Palestinians every time.

The Palestinians have never missed the opportunity to miss an opportunity. At this point, before they get a state, they need to get into a state of mind to become people, not murderers.

Jonathan Chashper
Rockville, Md.

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