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Letter to the Editor: UPZ ignores Israel’s need to defend its own existence

BY DAN SHUSTER

Published February 16, 2009

With regard to yesterday's viewpoint (What Israel’s election means, 02/13/2009) the Union of Progressive Zionists must not ignore history. UPZ suggests that the only way to achieve peace is through direct negotiations and the surrendering of historically Jewish land to the former Egyptians and Jordanians currently called "Palestinians".

UPZ chooses to ignore the fact that Israel already gave the "Palestinians" Gaza and left them with the resources to become a productive sovereign nation. Instead, the Palestinians squandered this opportunity and elected Hamas, a group that is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, to launch rockets at Israeli civilians. Both Hamas and Fatah state specifically in their charters that they will never recognize the Jewish state of Israel. In fact, Hamas' charter states that "Israel will continue to exist until Islam destroys it."

Clearly, it is impossible to negotiate with a group of people who brainwash their children from an early age to blow themselves up to kill Jews. For reference, please see Gaza's hit children's TV show, Pioneers of Tomorrow. UPZ's members, like good left-wing robots, automatically denounce anything the right-wing parties have to say. However, history has demonstrated that negotiating with and surrendering land to terrorists has failed. The only solution that remains is to eliminate the threat to Israel's existence with military action, like that which occurred recently. UPZ can complain about it all they want, but in the end, this method will be shown to lead to the only peaceful and long-lasting solution.

Dan Shuster
Alum


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