In regard to the letter "For peace, Israel must obey international law" (Dec. 5): The writer, along with Jimmy Carter, omits many facts in his comments against Israel. Modern-day Israel was conceived in the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and established in the Mandate for Palestine in 1922 by the League of Nations. Then, what is today known as Jordan was separated from the mandate to accommodate the Arab population of Palestine. Since 1922, Israel's Arab neighbors have refused to acknowledge Israel's right to exist as a nation and have continued attacks against her, vowing to "wipe Israel off the face of the map." The United Nations wasn't established until 1945 and its existence and the existence of its resolutions do not negate all other forms of international law.
In 2005, Israel vacated the Gaza Strip to give the Arab people (calling themselves Palestinians) the beginning of what they claim they desire, a state. Since then, the Palestinians have destroyed the area's infrastructure, the vacation beach communities and the agricultural greenhouses. They also launch daily rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. As any sovereign nation has a right, Israel has responded with military force.
To the letter writer and Carter: Please stop hiding behind the United Nations. State your true desires. Tell us you want the complete destruction of Jewish Israel.