This is in reply to the two students who ask Sens. McCain and Flake to defeat President Trump’s nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel (“An open letter to senators re: David Friedman,” Jewish News, Feb. 17). They are ignoring salient facts in their presentation.
Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have made clear their hatred of Jews and their desire to delete Israel from the face of the earth. They want Israel to retreat to the 1948 armistice lines, which will make its destruction much easier and will deprive Israel of its heart in Jerusalem. Only then will they “negotiate.” Palestinian leaders have consistently rejected the two-state solution that Israel has offered a number of times. What they want is a one-state solution, that state being devoid of Jews.
Arab Palestinian demands should not be the start of negotiations. The starting points should be as follows: Will there be a two-state solution and if so, what will be the nature of the Palestinian state? Will Jews be allowed to live in whatever territory the PA or Hamas control since Arabs live in Israel? (Israel allows Arab communities why shouldn’t the PA and Hamas allow Jewish communities?) Will Jews be allowed access to their holy places? How will Jews be treated and will the names of public streets and squares continue to honor murderers and terrorists? Will Palestinian children continue to be taught that their highest aim should be to kill Jews?
These are just some of the issues to be resolved.
President Trump has put all this on the table for negotiation between the parties and David Friedman will encourage this negotiation. He’s the right man for the job.
Sandor and Bunny Shuch