The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 239
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 239

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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I -Pi i 'bp, 'i L - ; r 7 , i ! ' i . ' The young Israelis determined to stay in their historic homeland come what may y'lr WaaBaal 4nanf jfeuaat in iHH;iillii snimn M- QU' LW- mmmm & Qte mtw '& y;r :iifl'- ,flnraai mm fl-wr t there are plenty who think as I do there would be no Arabs in Israel. Those Arabs, the Palestinian Arabs I mean, who are now in Arab countries or territories should never be allowed back not one of them. After all, there are thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. The real problem is what to do with the Arabs who have been living in Israel since 1948. If they want to stay, then we have to let them. But, the best thing would be for them to leave and resettle on Arab land. I'm talking, of course, about land in Arab countries. The land we got in the last war, we should keep. Even if they would be willing to sit down and make peace with us, we should not give back what we took in Sinai, the Syrian Heights, and in Jordan. The Arab governments that made peace with us could be overthrown and the peace treaties torn up. With the new lands our borders are far more secure. And we need the most secure borders we can get. It's only a matter of time until they will fight us again. The four who have just spoken are average young men. It is their voices that will be heard in the future. Throughout the Middle East similar young men with similar stories are talking. Sometimes their talk is cool and clear, and sometimes it is hot and hazy. Always they are saying the same thing: the Holy Land belongs to us, Israel is ours. There can be only one future when the young men talk like this. give it back to. They won't even sit down and talk with us. I'm an optimist though. I think that someday the Arabs will accept our being here. Right now, few Arabs want peace. They only want revenge. But, I think that nobody can live permanently in a state of war. And there can only be war if they do not accept Israel. After all, we have no place else to go. CASSIS CLAUDE 24, civil engineer in Haifa, Israel. I came to Israel from an Arab country, Morocco, when I was 12. It was only a few months before Morocco got its independence and we were all worried what might happen to us. You were never sure living as a Jew in Morocco. From the time of my grandfather, there had been sporadic outbursts against the Jews. I myself can remember seeing mobs running through the streets yelling 'Death to the jews!' and throwing Molotov cocktails and burning our stores. We lived in our own part of town, so they knew just where to come. I used to fight the Arab boys all the time. When we went to school they would throw rocks at us and try to steal our books, so I was always fighting. I'm still fighting them. But now I've got a modern army with me and now it's we who have them on the run. I'll tell you frankly: I hate the Arabs. The Jews from Europe don't hate them like we do. They hate the Germans. But we Jews who came from the Arab countries know what they're like. If I had my way and believe me, 25

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