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Monday, July 26, 2004

Kol hakavod to Jessica Sandler

Letter in today's Daily Camera
ISRAEL:  Border question far from settled

So John Kaluza thinks Israel should build its security fence along "established borders" ("Wall violates what should be the border," Open Forum, July 22).

Which borders would those be? The ones that five Arab armies attacked shortly after the United Nations established the Jewish state in 1948? The ones from which the Arabs pledged to drive the Jews into the sea in 1967? The ones that 11 Arab countries attacked in 1973? Or the borders that Israel offered to create in 2000, when Yasser Arafat walked away from the negotiating table and launched yet another war of terror?

The reason Israel has no internationally recognized border is the refusal of the Arab world (whose countries compose some 10 percent of the world's land surface) to accept a Jewish entity the size of New Jersey in its midst. And of course there's the perpetual Arab refusal to accept responsibility for its actions: "Ooops, never mind that we attacked you — now give us back every inch we lost each time we tried to annihilate you and you fought back."