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Letter: Gaza is proxy for views on U.S.

By Douglas Green, Vancouver
Published: May 15, 2024, 6:00am

I want to thank John Kowalski for his candor: he doesn’t think Israel is legitimate and says so (“Commentary, cartoon are off base,” Our Readers’ Views, May 9). The only problem is, why would anyone negotiate their own destruction?

His letter illuminates a larger truth about those who are arguing for Israel’s abolition: from the river to the sea really means, from coast to coast. The truth is that some of our fellow citizens really don’t think the United States is legitimate. Gaza is a proxy for those views. According to this view, the Middle East’s only western liberal democracy, where police don’t terrorize women to cover up, must be destroyed. America, thereafter.

Today, much of the Arab world and much of the Muslim world recognize Israel. The Palestinians are ruled by corrupt government on the West Bank and a narco-terror government, Hamas, in Gaza. Palestinian independence has been offered over a dozen times. A deal that includes Palestinian home rule, economic development and more remain possible.

Postponed. Why? Iran and Hamas are betting that they can count on what Lenin called “useful idiots” to pursue Israel’s destruction.

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