164. Setting the record straight

In his letter of May 21[162], Medhat Credi presented his version of events, in the Arab-Israeli relationship during the past 50 years. I wish to comment on some of his assertions:
"The Israelis were not defending themselves." The fact is that on May 15, 1948, one day after the State of Israel was proclaimed, and the British Mandate expired, the regular armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq invaded the new state. Israel successfully defended itself.

"The 1947 decision (partition of Palestine) was not about the creation of Israel." The fact: The United nations' decision of partition was precisely about the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state in Palestine. The Jews supported the decision. The Arabs rejected the decision and prevented the Arab state. The Jewish state exists.

"The Israelis were foreign-born intruders." The fact is that Palestine was never a state nor self- governed. It was a colony or possession of outside forces. It was made the British Mandate by the Allies at the close of World War I. It was host to Jews, Arabs, Christian pilgrims, Bedouins and agents of the conquerors. The Arabs were foreign-born intruders as were all the groups who immigrated into Palestine. Immigrating were Jews from Yemen and Iraq, two old Jewish communities which were existed long before the Arab nations were born or the Arab language was uttered. Statistics record that approximately 94,000 Jews and 60,000 Arabs immigrated into Palestine between 1922-1931.

Edith Parker
Irvington, June 3, 1998