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On the front page of the Aug. 4 Missoulian, the visit of Andy David, Israeli consul general, was prominently featured. He is on a mission, among other things, to counter the negotiated nuclear accord with Iran.

I am of German/Polish Jewish descent. It was Iran that gave my family and me sanctuary during World War II.

I recently received a letter from an old friend from those years in Iran. She is now an Israeli citizen and lives in Israel. Here is a part of what she had to say: "As for what is happening here (i.e., Israel) is too terrible for words. The Jewish settlers are religious fanatics and by now there are too many of them to dislodge. What is more, many Israelis truly believe that the whole West Bank is part of the biblical land God promised the Jews. Moreover, the more extreme of them do not recognize the Israeli court of law, so that even if the Supreme Court upholds a court order to vacate certain settlements because their houses were built on privately owned Palestinian land, they will not move. Netanyah who wants to hold onto power will promise his coalition parties anything, e.g., build 200 new apartments in nearby settlements in spite of the fact there should be no building of either new settlements nor the expansion of existing ones in the West Bank."

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Israel is a recent state. Before 1948 there were not that many Jews living in that territory. If Israel wants to call itself a democracy it must honor commitments to the Palestinians in their midst and to the people of the greater Middle East. We citizens of the United States should not allow a spokesman for the Netanyahu government to try to undermine our political processes. Incidentally, it seems Israel has its own cache of clandestine nuclear warheads. 

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Susanne L. Bessac,

Missoula

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