Israel’s Terrorist History


“Europe’s Blindness” (Editorial, Feb. 12) gave new meaning to the September 11 phrase “intelligence deficits”.  Many Israeli Jews support the creation of a Palestinian state.  Are they guilty of anti-Semitism?  Many of Israel’s political leaders appeared in the 1940’s in British wanted posters for terrorist acts.  Many Palestinians still have keys to the homes that Israeli terrorists stole from them. 


While you noted an unacceptable increase in terrorists killing Israelis, you didn’t note the larger number of Palestinians who’ve been killed or had their homes bulldozed by Israel.  In 1994, Rabbi Yaacov Perrin said:  “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” 


By your failure to condemn the Israelis for their terrorism against innocent Palestinians, you are insensitive to the anger of the Arab world over Perrin’s outrageous remarks.  Where is your discussion of the trial in Europe of Ariel Sharon, known as the “Butcher of Beirut”?  The Zionists learned, after driving the British out of Palestine, that many in the world would no longer call you a terrorist when you have your own state.  The advantage of having your own state is that you can claim that your actions are acts of war, rather than acts of terrorism. 


You mentioned Ehud Barak’s offer, but failed to refer to Arab leaders’ 1996 support for his opponent, Shimon Peres.  U.S. foreign policy should support a new generation of anti-terrorist Palestinian and Israeli leaders, support  advocates of peace and prosperity and oppose Israeli settlements in Arab land.


Paul Sheldon Foote, California State University, Fullerton, Calif.


Letter to the Editor published in Investor’s Business Daily, February 28, 2002, page A16.