January 21, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Peace offers rebuffed


Kudos to Joseph Harari for the insight evidenced by his Jan. 16 letter. I submit that the left is partially blind to reality as well as anti-Semitic – a few openly, most covertly.

The Palestinians have never been interested in their own independent state, at least to the extent that it would imply the coexistence of Israel. The Arabs have rejected every opportunity to peacefully inhabit territory graciously given them, from Churchill’s 1921 grant of the bulk of that which had been given by the League of Nations/Balfour Declaration as the Jewish home, to the Arabs for what later became the Kingdom of Jordan, through the Peel Partition Plan of 1937 and the U.N. Partition Plan of 1947.

After the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israeli forces defeated the combined invasion forces of Egypt and Syria, Israel offered generous terms for formation of a Palestinian state, but the offer wasn’t accepted. Instead, the Arabs convened at Khartoum and pronounced their famous Three No’s: No peace with Israel, No negotiations with Israel, No recognition of Israel.

Fuzzy thinking by such as Jimmy Carter (“Palestine Peace Not Apartheid”), a liberal media, and political correctness perpetuate the myth.

Craig Kosonen

Osburn, Idaho

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