December 11, 2012 • Dear Editor

Some history regarding Israel

Dear Editor:

In recent weeks, we have been hearing about the Israeli incursion into Gaza. We have been hearing about the Palestinian casualties but little about the rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel causing civilian deaths. We can only call massive, indiscriminate rocket attacks terrorist activity. This is much like the V1 and V2 rockets fired into England from Germany in World War II.

Let us take a look at the historical facts. There have been Jews in the land of Israel continuously for more than 3,000 years. Arabic speaking Muslims overran the land in the 7th century AD. In later centuries, other conquerors including Seljuk Turks, Crusaders and Ottoman Turks controlled the land. In the late 19th century and the 20th century, more Jews began moving to Israel in the modern Zionist movement. With the end of World War I, the Ottoman Empire was dissolved and the territory was mandated to the United Kingdom. In 1947, the United Nations agreed to divide the land (then called Palestine) into an Arab state and a Jewish state. It was the Arabs who rejected the proposal.

The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria attacked the new country with the intention of driving the Jews into the sea. At first it seemed they would succeed, but against all odds, the Israelis prevailed. The nation of Israel captured most of the land. Jordan occupied the West Bank area, and Egypt took over the Gaza Strip. Jordan and Egypt were occupying parts of the former Palestine.

The borders would be there today if Egypt had not tried to strangle Israel by Login to read more

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