To The Editor:
I am commenting on a subject that has recently appeared in the Catskill Mountain News. As a pacifist, and a clinical social worker trained to consider people and situations in their entirety, I have always reserved judgment on aggression taken by Israel toward some Arab entities as reported by the media and others, because it has a history of working toward peace and any aggression has been solely in self-defense.
The story began thousands of years ago when Jews and Arabs populated the land of Canaan, later known as part of the Ottoman Empire. The history of Jews and Arabs through the 20th Century and into the 21st, and the age-old concept of the establishment of a Jewish homeland, is complex.
Now surrounded by both peaceful and terror-driven Arab countries, the modern state of Israel has bravely stood its ground, though consistently cooperating with the international community to the point of repeatedly agreeing to the forfeiture of land! (Can you imagine if our country was pressured into giving even an inch to Mexico or Canada?) Even that did not change the reality of hate and violence experienced on a daily basis from outside to inside its borders over a long period of time.
It is obvious that Israel can peacefully co-exist with Arabs for the following reasons:
Israel, with a population of over seven million Jews and over one million Arabs, has proven that it can live peacefully with Arabs.