Reader Christopher Boardman should check his facts before he writes that "Palestine has had its land stolen without compensation for years" ("No reason to deny recognition to Palestine," Sept. 20).

What land?

The United Nations awarded Israel part of its ancestral homeland in 1948, and the surrounding Arab countries instantly attacked the tiny new state.

Why should the U.N. now turn around and give recognition to people who have done nothing but try to annihilate Israel ever since?

If the Palestinians had wanted "representation," they should have accepted any one of the many peace plans offered over the past 60 years.

What they want is simply a platform from which to continue to drive Israel into the sea. They've said it, it's in their constitution and school books, and they continue to blast rockets across Israel's borders.

The world does not need another rogue state, determined to make trouble rather than peace.

Judy Chernak, Pikesville