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    • stephanie
    • 02.12.09 | 00:14 (IST)

    Dear mr. Lincoln: 1) Ben Gurion was forced to keep some Arabs out of areas gained in the 1948 war because the original partition plan had two waistlines which were indefensible from a military point of view. Since these were armistice arrangements, they were supposed to be temporary. However, since the Arabs refused to officially talk to the Jews of Israel for the purposes of peace negotiations (kind of like north Korea refuses to talk) , the armistice arrangements became permanent facts. 2) Irgun and Etzel did not want to "exterminate" Arabs . Now, now... how do you explain your inflammatory language ? 3) are you aware that Birzeit University conducted an in-depth study of Deir Yassin and revised the number of deaths in the massacre to about 107, with negation of all the so-called atrocities of rape and disembowelment that coursed in some of the original accounts ? 4)you do not help the Palestinians by writing that they became a nation only after 1948.

    from the article: Peace Plan: Trading settler Israelis for refugee Palestinians
    First published 15:21 30.11.09 | Last updated 15:23 30.11.09
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