Submitted by Batya Casper, Israelathebook.com, Jan 16, 2013 10:40
Dear Mr. MacEoin,
I read your honest, erudite, and generous hearted article through the tears that were running down my face. In a climate that is growing more anti-Israel by the day, in which anti-Israel agents have managed, by means of their constant flow of misinformation to totally obfuscate historical facts, you have cleared a path. I, and so many like myself, have been losing heart of late, watching the dirt pile over the truth, suffocating it, and allowing it neither voice nor physical form. Worse, misinformation has reached Jewish children - even Israeli children who were born too late to witness history. They are confused. They feel guilty of a sin they have not committed. Their history is what they hear around them, and - as you point out - what they hear, is not what was. Israel has made many mistakes in its short history. Its heart goes out to the Palestinians, as to people everywhere under war. It aches for peace, though it has learned through its mistakes that it cannot give back more land until it is guaranteed peace in exchange. Israel withdrew from the Sinai, from Lebanon, and from Gaza - for peace - yet each withdrawal was celebrated by our neighbors as a sign of Israeli weakness, and an invitation for further hostilities. My heart goes out to you. Your voice might well be the one hope we have left for honest negotiations. Honesty can be the only way out of the mass of dishonesty and misinformation that has become the hallmark of the Israel-Arab conflict.