Mr. Jamie Hyams of AIJAC wins the award this week for yesterday's response in the Australian to a letter from the Palestine Lobby.
Who’s the intransigent one?
MOAMMAR Mashni (Letters, 3/6) claims all was peaceful in the pre-Israel Palestinian Mandate until mass Jewish migration in the 1920s and 30s. Funny that while the Arab reaction was pogroms and riots that led to Jewish populations, in places such as Hebron going back thousands of years, being forced to flee their homes, the concurrent mass immigration of Arabs into the Mandate didn’t cause a similar backlash from the indigenous Jewish population.
Mashni blames the lack of peace on supposed Israeli intransigence. In 1948, the Jews accepted the UN partition plan but the Arabs rejected it, and invaded. After the 1967 war, Israel offered to return land for peace, and was told by the Arab League there would be no recognition, no negotiation and no peace. In 2000 and again in 2001, Israel offered a full Palestinian state and the Palestinians responded with the terrorist intifada. In 2005 Israel completely withdrew from Gaza and received rockets as thanks.
Leading Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has recently confirmed on al-Jazeera that in November last year, Israel again offered a Palestinian state in land equivalent to 100 per cent of the West Bank and Gaza, but the Palestinians again refused, because Israel wanted to share the Old City of Jerusalem.
Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council