Letter re: Dec. 3 opinion, “A dollop of good will”

Monday, December 10 2012

The writer of “A dollop of good will” calls Canada’s defence of Israel in voting against a mock Palestinian state at the United Nations “appalling.” Her argument fails in law, history and rhetoric.
On July 24, 1922 the League of Nations unanimously declared, and on April 18, 1946 the United Nations reaffirmed, “recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.” The League defined Israel as all the land from the Jordan River west to the Mediterranean Sea, an area that includes the West Bank and Gaza.
Despite international law the modern history of Israel is one of virtually continuous terrorist attack. Treaties in which Israel ceded territory for peace have not resulted in peace. Terrorists have murdered 3,721 Israelis, including victims of the 1,697 rocket attacks this year alone. Even after they signed the 1993 Oslo Accords terrorists murdered another 300 Israelis. The current Palestinian maneuver at the United Nations is simply terrorism disguised as diplomacy. Based on our traditional values of peace, order and good government, Canadians can take pride in our opposition to terrorism at the United Nations.
“A dollop of good will” offers no evidence to support its opinion, only rhetorical appeals, particularly against the Prime Minister: “disgraceful,” “fossilized country,” “as blind as, well, Harper,” “ignorance,” “what planet is this country living on,” “can’t count on Harper & Co. to dole out” good will.
What higher good will is there than defence of the innocent?
~ Barton Jessup