Contrary to Elaine W. Shiber’s account of Israeli history, Israel has continuously pursued peace and has encountered Arab rejection and war. Like Americans, Israelis seek peace. Israelis, however, face a terrorist regime at their very doorstep. Tiny Israel, no larger than the state of New Jersey, is surrounded by 22 Arab nations that have launched four wars against it, in ‘48, ‘67, ‘73 and 2000.
A commonly heard refrain among pro-Palestinian propagandists is that Israel repeatedly violates international declarations with U.S. financial and moral support and that the attacks of 9/11 and indeed, Muslim terrorism worldwide are a direct result of U.S. support for Israel.
Ruth Lapidot, Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs , has written an informative article on the legal aspects of the question of Palestinian refugees.