To President Bush

Certain statements you made are misguided.

Eli E. Hertz,

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I read with interest your remarks on the Middle East given on July 16, 2007 at the White House. I appreciate your sincere commitment and devotion in promoting and advancing the creation of functional democracies and peace around the world - particularly your effort in the Middle East.
Mr. President, it takes little effort to learn what Fatah is all about.

As one who devotes his time studying the Arab-Israeli conflict, and as a member of the Jewish people, it became incumbent upon me to direct your attention to statements you made that are, in my humble opinion, misguided.

I would start with the notion that your administration will not 'do business' with terror organizations and those who call for the destruction of Israel. This brings me to Fatah, the main faction of the PLO, for whom Mahmoud Abbas is the driving force and one of its founding members. This is the organization and leadership that the administration relies upon to bring functional democracy, freedom and peace to the region.

Mr. President, it takes little effort to learn what Fatah is all about. Its constitution calls, under Article 12, for the "complete liberation of Palestine, and obliteration of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence."

As for how it will achieve its goal to wipe Israel off the map, Fatah's constitution, Article 19, minces no words: "Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated."

If this does not suffice, please review Abbas' words on January 11, 2007, to a crowd estimated at nearly 250,000 supporters. Abbas called on Palestinians to refrain from internal fighting and to direct their guns only against Israeli "occupation." He promises to "not give up one inch of land in Jerusalem" and he "considers the settlements illegal." In his book, "the issue of the refugees is non-negotiable"

So as much for the partner.

And Now, the "Occupation"
I notice with relief that you did not spell out who is the occupier and who is the occupied.

In 1897, it was Benjamin Herzl, founder of modern Zionism who said: "Palestine is our ever-memorable historic home. The very name of Palestine would attract our people with a force of marvelous potency."

In 1917, it was Arthur James Balfour of Great Britain who declared: "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this
You did not spell out who is the occupier and who is the occupied.

In 1922, it was Winston Churchill (your hero), British Secretary of State for the Colonies that declared: Jews are in Palestine "as of right and not on sufferance.... When it is asked what is meant by the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, it may be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride."

On July 24, 1922, it was fifty-one member countries - the entire League of Nations - that published the legally binding document "Mandate for Palestine" and unanimously declared: "Recognition Has Been Given to the Historical Connection of the Jewish People with Palestine and to the Grounds for Reconstituting their National Home in that Country." The Mandate for Palestine laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, a 10,000-square-mile area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law and valid to this day.

On June 30, 1922 it was a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States that unanimously endorsed the Mandate for Palestine, confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine - anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea (the resolution was incorporated in the 1937 Palestine Royal Commission Report, Chapter II, page 31):

Favoring the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.

...resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United State of America in congress assembled, That the United States of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of Christian and all other non-Jewish communities in Palestine, and that the holy places and religious buildings and sites in Palestine shall be adequately protected.

On September 21, 1922 it was Warren G. Harding, President of the United Sates of America, who signed the joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Mr. President, Palestine is a geographical area, not a nationality. As a matter of fact there has never been a sovereign Arab state in Palestine. The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations, which never established a Palestinian state themselves. Nor did the Arabs recognize or establish a Palestinian state during the two decades prior to the Six-Day War when the West Bank was under Jordanian control and the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian control; nor did the Palestinian Arabs clamor for autonomy or independence during those years.

Mr. President, the Jewish "continuing occupation" that you speak about is legal and endorsed by international law.

The Mandate for Palestine defined where Jews are and are not permitted to settle. Article 6 of the Mandate clearly states: "The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes."
Mr. President, Palestine is a geographical area, not a nationality.

The Mandate for Palestine is the last legally binding document regarding the status of what is commonly called "the West Bank and Gaza." The September 16, 1922 memorandum (to the Mandate) is also the last modification of the official terms of the Mandate on record, in accordance with Article 27, which states unequivocally: "The consent of the Council of the League of Nations is required for any modification of the terms of this mandate."

Mr. President, political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed in three other mandates - in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. A fourth Arab state east of the Jordan River, Trans-Jordan, came into existence via the Mandate for Palestine.

Mr. President, 300,000,000 Arabs in 21 'exclusive' Arab countries now occupy an area of 5,207,000 square miles, including all the principal Arab and Muslim centers. 6,000,000 Jews in one country now occupy an area of nearly 10,000 square miles (which fits into Lake Michigan with plenty of room left) in Palestine, and you, Mr. President, propose to reduce it even further.

This is an injustice and a grievous handicap to the continuous development and security of the Jewish State.

Thank you.


Commentary: "This Land is My Land" (Includes the Mandate for Palestine text) at:
A short presentation at:

Mandate for Palestine, the legal aspects of Jewish Rights at:

The Mandate Document from the British national archive.