Ball with Palestinian leadership

LETTER

Martin Hanson’s recent article on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict highlights the hatred that exists on either side. If they have this in common, there are marked differences between the two adversaries. For example, Israel is a democracy in which the rule of law holds true.

An Israeli Defence Force medic was recently convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing a wounded Arab terrorist who had moments earlier stabbed a fellow soldier in Hebron.

An Arab-Israeli, George Kara, has recently been appointed to the Supreme Court in Israel. He is best known for having convicted then-President of Israel, Moshe Katsav, of rape and sentencing him to seven years in jail. Can you imagine a Jew holding a top government position in Gaza, the West Bank or any Muslim-majority nation?

In Arab-controlled areas a Jew wouldn’t survive without military protection. Palestinians rush into the streets and fire their weapons into the air in celebration when an Israeli child has been killed. Fatah officials (the moderates!) in Lebanon claim that “Jerusalem needs blood in order to purify itself of Jews”.

It is obvious that Palestinian statehood is an illusion so long as the Palestinian leadership resolutely refuses to renounce terror and refuses to recognise the state of Israel’s right to exist. Israel would be foolish to allow the creation of such a state on its borders.

Patrick Cooper

Martin Hanson’s recent article on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict highlights the hatred that exists on either side. If they have this in common, there are marked differences between the two adversaries. For example, Israel is a democracy in which the rule of law holds true.

An Israeli Defence Force medic was recently convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing a wounded Arab terrorist who had moments earlier stabbed a fellow soldier in Hebron.

An Arab-Israeli, George Kara, has recently been appointed to the Supreme Court in Israel. He is best known for having convicted then-President of Israel, Moshe Katsav, of rape and sentencing him to seven years in jail. Can you imagine a Jew holding a top government position in Gaza, the West Bank or any Muslim-majority nation?

In Arab-controlled areas a Jew wouldn’t survive without military protection. Palestinians rush into the streets and fire their weapons into the air in celebration when an Israeli child has been killed. Fatah officials (the moderates!) in Lebanon claim that “Jerusalem needs blood in order to purify itself of Jews”.

It is obvious that Palestinian statehood is an illusion so long as the Palestinian leadership resolutely refuses to renounce terror and refuses to recognise the state of Israel’s right to exist. Israel would be foolish to allow the creation of such a state on its borders.

Patrick Cooper

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lloyd gretton - 2 months ago
When Mark Twain journeyed through the Holy land just before Zionist settlement, it was all very quiet and peaceful. Everyone seemed to be half asleep. Now what has happened since then?

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