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Response to ‘right wing antipathy to Palestinians’

September 18, 2018

Stephan Lesher’s letter on Sept. 14 (“‘Right wing antipathy to Palestinians’”) leaves me wondering where Lesher has been for the past 70 years.

Doesn’t he know that much of the Palestinian Arab population was encouraged by invading Arab armies to leave Israel in 1947 and 1948 so that those armies would have a clear path to the destruction of the Jewish state? Doesn’t he know that the neighboring Arab states refused to accept and resettle those Palestinians, leaving them in refugee camps so that they or their descendants could someday achieve their fantasy of supplanting and eliminating Israel?

Doesn’t he know that only a small number of those people are still alive 70 years later but that the fantasy resides in their descendants, who are not refugees but whom the UN retains in “refugee camps” rather than allowing them to disperse, resettle and create productive lives? Doesn’t he know that Israel has jumped through proverbial hoops to negotiate toward a peace agreement and a Palestinian state, only to encounter total stonewalling by the Palestinian Authority, which pursues the absolutist and eliminationist fantasy?

Might Lesher have been reading only the small group of history writings that support his distorted “narrative?”

Mark I. Fishman, president

PRIMER

Fairfield

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