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Hard-line “Christian” Zionist Mike Pence does not follow Jesus, who loves everyone.

He supports Israel’s ultra right, which forbids a Palestinian state. It’s not that Abbas “lost his senses,” but that Nafthali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman never possessed the necessary human sense of justice.

Oslo promised Palestinians control of a West Bank/Gaza state by 1998. That never happened. Twenty years later, Israel has taken East Jerusalem and two-thirds of the West Bank, which they’ve filled with colonies.

Israel’s ultimate plan, supported by Saudi Arabia/Egypt, is to create a powerless Palestinian “state” in Gaza, plus two or three West Bank cities (Aronson, American Conservative).

It’s called "Gaza Plus"; it would confine half the area's population in less than 10 percent of the land.

Today, South Africa's representative to the UN Human Rights Council said, "Israel is the only state in the world that …[is] an apartheid state." Gaza Plus will make matters worse.

Gaza is starving, overcrowded, without sewage treatment or adequate electricity, poverty-stricken. Gaza citizens, like Fadi al-Qatshan, 26, who needed a heart transplant, wait over a year, only to be recruited as Israeli spies in exchange for a travel permit. Fadi refused and died, remaining imprisoned in Gaza.

Recently, Israel worries that pestilence will break out in Gaza and spread to Israel. I pray this threat drives Israel to end the isolation of Gaza.

However, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs notes that, since Trump's Jerusalem decision, from Dec. 6-31, Israel killed 14 Palestinians and injured 3,600 others.

June Forsyth Kenagy

Albany (Jan. 23)

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