In his letter on the new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority ("U.S. can’t broker peace", July 29), one John S. Hancock assaults as "immoral and illegal" Israel's residential communities constructed in Judea and Samaria, what is commonly called the "West Bank". With additional polemical zeal, he includes such terms as "tyrannical colonialist regime", "illegitimate", "barbaric" and "criminality". His main point is that the US "is incapable of brokering a just resolution of this conflict". The question, however, is are the Arabs-cum-Palestinians willing or desirous of any resolution and will that bring "justness" or peace. I think not.
Prior to the 1948 war, launched by Arabs despite a UN recommended plan, thousands of Jews lived in the area. The Arabs engaged in ethnic cleansing of Jews living there for many centuries beginning in 1920 and have never let up in their terror campaign. Their nationalist leader ensconced himself in Berlin during World War II. The PLO and later, Hamas, almost exclusively attack civilians, not soldiers. Indeed, the PLO was founded in 1964, before any so-called "occupation". I suggest that Hancock has signed on to an evil movement that seeks to eradicate any expression of Jewish national ethos in the Jewish National Home. That homeland was internationally recognized, with full legality, as well as Article 5 of the League of Nations Mandate which “encourage[s]...close settlement by Jews on the land”. These basics are refuted by Arabs and their supporters like Hancock and that is why there is no peace.
I wage on all fronts.