To the editor:
There will be no peace for Israel until Israel allows Palestinians to have their own sovereign, independent state. Israel was founded after World War II out of part of Britain's Palestine League of Nations mandate.
In 1967, Israel defeated the surrounding Arab Muslim nations, greatly expanding its territory. Since 1967, the remaining Palestinian territory has been occupied and controlled by the Israeli army and police. Many Israeli settlements have been made along the West Bank of the Jordan River on Palestinian territory.
In Jimmy Carter's recent book "Palestine Peace, Not Apartheid," the cruel treatment of the Muslim Palestinians by Israel is highlighted. Carter's use of the word "apartheid" likens Israel's occupying treatment of Palestinians to the post-Civil War treatment of blacks in the southern United States.
In September 1978, at Camp David, President Carter achieved the only peace between Israel and its Muslim neighbors when he brought together Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat to agree to a peace treaty. The Muslim world will threaten Israel until Israel allows Palestinians to have their own sovereign state. Our government should urge Israel to do so.
John A. Bond,