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Jun 2004 Journal

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Letter from Israel

How far do you want to go back?

Targeted killings? But each targeted killing was preceded by terrorist attacks that murdered and maimed dozens of Israelis.

The security fence? But before that we had the second intifada, with the indiscriminate murder of many Israelis.

The failure of the Oslo Accords? But they had enabled the Palestinians to blow up buses throughout Israel.

Israeli incursions into the Gaza Strip? But before that, in 1994, Israel had allowed Yasser Arafat to return from exile and establish a Palestinian police force, with joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols. After Israel opened the tunnel leading to the Western Wall the Palestinian policemen turned on their Israeli counterparts in an orgy of killing.

The occupation of the western bank of the Suez Canal? But that was preceded by the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when Syria and Egypt attacked Israel in an attempt to wrest the 'occupied territories' away from it.

The occupation of the West Bank and the Sinai Strip? But that was preceded by the Six-Day War of 1967, when the combined forces of Syria, Egypt and Jordan attacked Israel in an attempt to obliterate it.

Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948? But that was preceded by the UN resolution proposing that the problem be resolved by partitioning the disputed territory. The rejection of this by the Arabs led to the War of Independence, when Jewish forces overcame armies that greatly outnumbered it.

The White Paper issued by the British Foreign Office in 1939, which sought to appease Arab anti-Jewish feeling by restricting Jewish immigration to Palestine? But that condemned millions of European Jews to death at the hands of the Nazis.

Jewish immigration to Palestine in general? But that was preceded by centuries of exile, persecution, pogroms and poverty.

Or do you agree with those who say there should be no Jewish state?
Dorothea Shefer-Vanson

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