Israelis tell Bush why they oppose a Palestinian state

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

A grassroots Israeli movement on Wednesday published an open letter to visiting US President George W. Bush explaining why the creation of a Palestinian Arab state on Israel's ancient biblical heartland will represent the single greatest threat to the region.

The Mattot Arim organization welcomed Bush in its letter, but urged him to rethink his agenda of pushing the Israelis and Arabs toward the rapid creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.

The group pointed out that today Israel's northern and southern borders are threatened by terrorist states because of Israel's withdrawals from southern Lebanon and Gaza, but noted that those regions are sparsely populated.

If, however, Israel hands over Judea and Samaria and that region becomes as volatile as southern Lebanon or Gaza, several million Israelis will be under direct threat.

Bush and the international community are wagering Israel's safety on the notion that once given a state, the Palestinians will halt all efforts to kill Israelis. But the Mattot Arim letter pointed to a number of public opinion polls, including one recently conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, that show an overwhelming percentage of Palestinian Arabs see no problem with continuing anti-Israel terrorism.

As such, the assumption must be that a Palestinian state will be a terrorist entity that will put Israel under increasing threat and encourage other regional enemies to escalate their own conflicts with the Jewish state.

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