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Letter: A Mideast history lesson

To the Editor:

A little Mideast history lesson. In 1939, prior to Britain’s 1940 “Darkest Hour,” Britain called a meeting known as the London Conference. Arab leaders, including then Palestinian leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini, were invited, (as well as Zionist leaders), to finalize a British offer concerning Palestine.

The proposed agreement would limit Jewish immigration to 75,000 over five years, would allow for a truncated Jewish state of some 15 percent of the area of Palestine and prohibit or severely restrict any Jewish purchase of land. Arab dominance in the proposed governing body would be guaranteed. Every Arab leader at the conference urged al-Husseini to accept the great victory for Islam. He refused and demanded that there be no Jewish state and immediate Arab control of Palestine. The other Arab leaders left the conference.

So, the question today is can any Palestinian leader afford to accept less than what al-Husseini demanded in 1939? Donald Trump is the only president in 70 years to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Who is more right or righteous? All other United Nations members have the right to determine their own capitals, why not Israel?

Robert Gebhardt

Johnsburg

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