Israel and war

Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Haram al-Sharif compound in the old city of Jerusalem. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Haram al-Sharif compound in the old city of Jerusalem. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

 

Sir, – Michael Jansen’s report “World ‘must invest in political solution for Palestinians’” (World News, November 30th) refer to “Israel’s war of establishment”.

This statement clearly implies that the Jewish leadership went to war to form the State of Israel.

However, on November 29th, 1947, the UN General Assembly voted to accept resolution 181 which called for the partition of what was then the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish State and an Arab State. Subsequently, on May 15th, 1948, the day after David Ben Gurion declared the formation of the State of Israel in its ancient homeland, the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan declared war and invaded the fledgling state. What followed was Israel’s defensive war of independence. – Yours, etc,

DAVID M ABRAHAMSON,

Glenageary,

Co Dublin.