Letter: American Mayors Insist on a Cease-Fire

Dear Letter to the Editor:

The many people calling for a ceasefire in the current war between Israel and Hamas don’t realize that the atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7 changed the rules of engagement. (“Column: American Mayors Insist on a Cease-Fire, 6,000 Miles Away” boulderjewishnews.org February 8, 2024) Prior to that fateful day, Hamas and other terror groups attacked Israelis by firing missiles at Israeli population centers. Israel had developed effective anti-missile defenses and Israelis had gotten used to getting to private or public shelters as soon as alerts were received. But, on October 7, families were burned alive while sitting in their safe rooms, and having one or two guns could not stop gangs of rapists and murderers from torturing people before killing them. There is no way individual families can have IDF protection at all times. With Hamas proudly announcing its success in killing Jews and promising to repeat October 7 over and over again, Israel’s only option for protecting her people requires the elimination of Hamas. A ceasefire might save lives of some of Hamas’ human shields, but it would definitely cause the deaths of many more Israeli civilians.

Palestinian leaders who complain about “occupation” and “apartheid,” are counting on media acceptance and publication of their ahistorical balderdash. Instead of helping the Arabs of Palestine prepare for the autonomy offered them by the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine, Arab leaders began threatening violence against the Jews in Palestine and in the Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Many of the Arabs in Palestine at that time descended from families which had entered the area only after Zionist activity had raised the area’s living standards. As civil life deteriorated in the build-up for the war, between 400,000 and 700,000 of these recent arrivals simply left Palestine. Others departed as the fighting got underway, told by Arab leaders to clear the path for the Arab armies to kill the Jews and promising that the Arabs would be allowed to return to share the spoils of the Jews’ decimation. But the Jews survived the onslaught and the State of Israel declared independence in May, 1948. Arab leaders, shamed at their failure to prevent the establishment of a modern Jewish state, got their revenge by driving the Mizrachi Jews from their homes. Renascent Israel, while rehabilitating Holocaust survivors, recovering from war damages inflicted by Arab armies, and dealing with terrorist incursions from areas occupied by Egypt and Jordan until 1967, absorbed and uplifted 800,000 Mizrachi Jews, whose descendants now comprise the majority of Israel’s Jewish population. Arab leaders, with vast landholdings and some with oil riches, condemned the Arabs who’d fled Palestine and their descendants to perpetual refugee limbo, with the UN abetting them in a scheme designed to turn the Jewish state into a Muslim-majority state populated by people who’ve been taught that killing Jews is a Muslim’s ticket to Heaven.

Israel is the nation-state of the Jews in which non-Jews have full civil rights. Shortly after the Six Day War, Israel offered to withdraw from Gaza, Judea, and Samaria in exchange for recognition and peace, an offer flatly rejected by the Arab League (Khartoum, September 1967). There is no record of Palestinian leaders urging the League to accept the offer so they could build a Palestinian state on the land they now claim is being “occupied” by Israel. Palestinian leaders have also rejected numerous Israeli and American proposals that could have led to the establishment of a Palestinian state, provided that that state would agree to coexist, peacefully, with the nation-state of the Jews. Israel’s 2005 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was reciprocated by an increase in the number and types of attacks launched from Gaza at Israeli population centers. Hamas’ claim that an Israeli blockade prevented the development of the Gazan economy is belied by the fact that Hamas managed to build an extensive network of terror tunnels under Gaza.

Today’s truth is what it has always been. The Palestinians, following in the footsteps of the Arab leaders of the 1940’s, have chosen violence over negotiation. Instead of calling for Israel to agree to a ceasefire, people of good will should be calling for Hamas to release all hostages and  surrender.

Toby F. Block
Atlanta, GA

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