Joel Littauer’s Oct 12 letter, “Peace requires honest partnership,” claims that the Arabs started the 1967 Six-Day War. The war started when Israel, in a surprise attack, bombed Egypt.
U.N. Resolution 181 tried to do what the West had failed to do in three crusades, which was to remove the Arabs from their land and to put Jerusalem under western control. The Arabs fought against the new Jewish state because the land belonged to the Arabs and they did not believe the U.N. had the right to take it from them.
Zionism is just as guilty of violating the spirit of U.N. Resolution 181, which was the idea of two states in Israel. It has always been a Zionist goal to remove all Arabs from Israel and to make it a totally Jewish state, as was made clear by David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, in 1937 — “We must expel Arabs and take their places” — or former Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s feelings that the Arabs were, at best, tolerated guests.
Peace would have a better chance if the Jews would stop removing Arabs from their homes and businesses to build new Jewish settlements.