I’m taking issue with the Aug. 4 letter from Tom Ellis. Several of his claims are simply not true. Israel has been a recognized state since 1948. Saying they have been a military ruler for 51 years is a reference to the Six-Day War of 1967 in which Arab states launched a war of aggression in an attempt to destroy the state of Israel. Prior to that, Egypt ruled Gaza and Jordan annexed the West Bank. It was not a Palestinian state.
Israel has a right to defend its borders and its people against attacks from Hamas, which uses mortars, rockets and assault rifles. Hamas commits a war crime by using civilians, including children, as human shields. Hamas members are terrorists, not protesters.
As far as claiming that Israel participates in ethnic cleansing, this also isn’t true. Israel’s Arab citizens play a vital role in all phases of society, including judges, lawyers, doctors and members of Israel’s parliament.
It’s also not true to say that many Jewish leaders demonize the Palestinians; the majority seek a two-state solution. Their attempts to come to a compromise have been thwarted many times over.
From Israel’s early years, it has tried to forge a peace agreement with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors. In the year 2000, a peace agreement led by President Clinton almost succeeded but was rejected by Yasser Arafat.
The Palestinians then went on a terror campaign, blowing up buses full of civilians, Again, no country would tolerate this lethal aggression.