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True liberals have never stopped supporting Israel

I find the op-ed by Shifra Freewoman [“To regain liberals’ support, Israel must make peace” June 2, p. 7] to demonstrate hostility to Israel, even as she claims she is “not misinformed.”

Just one example of many: Freewoman insists Israel must stop “building new settlements.” The Israeli government hasn’t built a new settlement in approximately a quarter century!

As an Israeli citizen, I can assure Freewoman we want peace. We’re the ones who have to send our children into the army. We’re the ones getting shot at, stabbed, bombed.

We’ve tried virtually everything short of national suicide. We’ve frozen building in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. We’ve released terrorists, including mass murderers. We’ve given away land and repeatedly offered the Palestinian Arabs virtually all the disputed territory, the heartland of Eretz Yisrael. We’ve been met not only with rejection, but with terrorism, bus bombings and rockets and thousands of us have died.

We’re all critical of the Israeli government, but the most extreme peaceniks, when asked point blank, will acknowledge that nothing Israel could have done would have made a significant difference, that Yasser Arafat was never going to make peace and that Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t want to make peace and/or is incapable of making peace. Yet we continue to dream and to try.

Israel has developed a free, democratic, liberal society despite being under constant attack since its re-establishment. I’ve served liberal causes all my life. I know Israel doesn’t have to do anything to “regain liberals’ support” because no true liberal has abandoned Israel.



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