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Israel has a right to defend itself and its citizens

In a recent editorial The Sun argued that the only way to break the cycle of violence in Israel is a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in mutual respect ("Jerusalem's nightmare," Oct. 17).

Dream on. If Israel were guaranteed peace and security in what were largely its pre-1967 borders, it would jump at the opportunity.

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Unfortunately, Israel knows better. The violence is no longer about a Palestinian state — it's about driving Jews from all of Israel and killing them wherever they are.

Palestinians are killing Jews anywhere they can, not only in East Jerusalem but in West Jerusalem and throughout Israel proper. Must we be reminded that Arabs were killing Jews in Palestine long before it became a Jewish state? What was their gripe then?

Israel did a dry run of the two-state solution when it withdrew from Gaza. The Western world poured millions of dollars into Gaza with the hope that its economy would grow and bring a better quality of life to its citizens.

But the money went largely to building tunnel fortresses to facilitate the killing of Jews across the border, and to enable Gaza to serve as a launching ground for missiles aimed at Israeli civilians.

If Israel withdraws from the West Bank to create a Palestinian state, what rational person would expect a different result?

The Sun criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for turning his country into what is beginning to look like an apartheid state. When the Palestinians started blowing up Israeli civilians on buses some years ago, Israel's leaders erected a wall that created enough separation from the Palestinians that the bus bombings ceased.

More separation is likely in the offing in hopes that the knife attacks on Israel's civilians can be stopped. Does the prime minister really have a choice?

L. Iskowitz, Baltimore

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