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Returning land would upset 50 years of stability

This week, we heard pro-Arab shills calling for Israel to withdraw from the rest of the lands she captured in the Six Day War; but that would be foolish and unjust.

Beginning June 5, 1967, Israel freed the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, Gaza, the Golan and the Sinai from their various despots. In 1982, Israel gave up the entire Sinai to Egypt in return for fragile promises of peace. In a series of accords from 1993 onward, Israel agreed to the creation of a Palestinian Authority, and gave it control of most of the West Bank and Gaza. In 2005, Israel withdrew her troops from Gaza, suffering almost daily rocket fire into her border towns until a military operation suppressed most of it in 2014.

Nowadays, Egypt is a de facto ally of Israel and the U.S. in the war on terrorism. Syria has descended into a brutal civil war, and there is no legitimate authority to control the Golan were Israel to withdraw. The P.A. controls the West Bank and by words and money foments terrorism against Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel is a prosperous democracy, with Jerusalem as a particularly vibrant city now that the barbed wire is gone from the old ceasefire line. Golan is a safe area. Israel is also a solid ally in the war against terrorism, and arguably the island of the greatest stability in an otherwise tumultuous region.

Should we upset that status quo just because it has been 50 years? I don’t think so.

DAVID A. SHERMAN
NEEDHAM



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