Letters to the Editor

Column about Israel filled with rubbish

On Nov. 3, you published an illogical, inaccurate column by Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She criticized the fence on Israel's border, but why does Rubin think that the number of jihadist suicide-murderers who blow up Israeli cafes and buses have decreased?

Rubin should talk to Shin Bet or Israeli military intelligence officials about the number of foiled suicide-murderers caught because of the "de-fence." She assumes there is an Arab consensus on accepting Israel. Perhaps she has forgotten that the Palestinian Authority charter states in Articles 9, 15, and 22, respectively, "armed struggle is the only way to liberate all of Palestine"; "we call for the liberation of the Zionist presence in Palestine"; and "by liberating Palestine we will destroy the Zionist presence."

In the West Bank towns of Hebron and El-Bireh, a computer center, a town square and children's camp were named after Dalah al-Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the slaughter of 37 Israeli citizens (including 13 children) and an American. Has Rubin forgotten 2000 when Yasser Arafat left the Camp David meetings without making a counter-offer after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered 95 percent of the disputed territories, East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital and agreed to close 63 settlements?

Two decades earlier, Israel abandoned Sinai and the settlements there for peace with Egypt, and more recently dismantled the settlements in Gaza. The latter resulted in 7,600 rockets being launched into Israel. Rubin's attack on Israel is unbecoming.

Charles L. RichmanFripp Island

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