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Peace in the Holy Land

April 17, 2015
Edward Sullivan
San Francisco

Tony Magliano’s April 3 opinion piece “Unholy political positions in the Holy Land” was nothing more than a misinformed propaganda piece. What Mr. Magliano either doesn’t know or chooses to ignore is that the Palestinians have been given least three opportunities to establish a Palestinian state since 1948.

In 1948, the original United Nations plan for the partition of the then-British protectorate called Palestine was for two states, a Jewish state called Israel and a separate Palestinian state. The Jews accepted this proposal but the Palestinians and the other Arab states rejected it and immediately tried to destroy the new state of Israel and drive the Jews into the sea.

Between 1948 and 1967, Jordan controlled the West Bank and could have easily established a Palestinian state there. And why didn’t they do that? Because their true goal was and still is the destruction of the state of Israel and driving the Jews into the sea.

In 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton convened a peace summit between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in which Prime Minister Barak offered the Palestinian leader approximately 95 percent of the West Bank and the entire Gaza Strip. Arafat turned down the proposal. Why? Because they were never interested in a Palestinian state, only the destruction of Israel.

So, the next time Tony Magliano wants to put pen to paper on this issue he should do so based on facts and not ideological propaganda.

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