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Letter: Israel isn't Mideast aggressor

A general view of the

A general view of the "E1" settlement area, situated between Jerusalem and the Israeli West Bank in Maale Adumim, West Bank. (Dec. 9, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

In the letter "Israel's actions block two-state pact" [Jan. 10], the writer states that Israel's construction in east Jerusalem is a "land campaign" of aggression. Therefore, he cannot see how there can be a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

He seems to ignore the fact that in 2002, Israel proposed a generous offer to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for a Palestinian state and half of Jerusalem. Arafat refused, making no counteroffer and started his terror war.

The fact is that the Palestinians do not accept the State of Israel at all. Instead of attempting to improve their lives, they are obsessed with destroying the Jews.

When Israel gave up lands that were won, they were met with attacks in Sinai and Katyusha rockets launched from Gaza, which hit innocent Israeli civilians.

According to research of Jacques Gauthier, a Canadian lawyer, the Jewish people were given legal rights to Jerusalem through the Balfour Declaration of the San Remo conference. These rights became irreversible and could not be changed by the League of Nations or its successor, the United Nations.

Given all of this, who is the aggressor?

Rosalie Malkiel, Syosset