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History begins in 1948- Response to Henri

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Submitted by Walter Manchur (Canada), Aug 14, 2005 at 18:17

Having considered Henri's argument, I now have to concede that he is right.

Following Henri's reasoning we will ignore the fact that Jewish people settled the area around 1100 B.C. and have occupied the area since that time, except for a 70 year period mentioned below.

We will also ignore that the Babylonian empire displaced them in 576 B.C. although they were allowed to return to their homeland 70 years later. And we will ignore that the Roman Empire invaded and ruled the area from 70 A.D.

Lets see, we also need to ignore that Muslims invaded the area and ruled over the Jewish people from 637 A.D. to 1917 A.D. We also need to consider as irrelevant that the Jews, even while occupied by other nations, continued to inhabit the region.

Henri has already made it clear that the Mandate by the League of Nations in 1917 to establish a homeland for the Jews including the area of Palestine and Tran Jordan is immaterial, so we need to ignore this historical event.

So really all that is important, is 1948, when the Arab nations attacked Israel and suffered defeat, the boundaries at that point in time were set for all time except if the Arabs ever defeated the Jews. We also need to consider as irrelevant, that the Arabs went to war against Israel in 1948, 1956,1967 and 1973 suffering defeat on each occasion. Who can believe that had the Arabs won the war they would have immediately entered into a peace agreement with the Jews and reset the boundaries as they were in 1948? Although, if all that the Arabs wanted was the boundaries as they were in 1948, why the wars in 1956 and 1967?

The death of 6 million Jews at the hands of the Nazis has convinced me that the Jews need a homeland and what the heck, let Henri set the boundaries at least until the Arabs are successful in their war against the Jews and are able to conquer and rule the entire area.

Until then, the boundaries are acceptable to Sharon and Henri, so why not me?

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