Keep priorities in order

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Why is the world so obsessed by every word and move made by Israel, yet overlooks almost every negative act of the Palestinians?

It was unfortunate that a minor Israeli official announced the construction of 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem while Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel. Last November, when President Barack Obama insisted that Israel forego building in the West Bank, the construction was canceled. Specifically excluded at that time was any restriction on construction in Jerusalem.

Then came the Palestinian uproar about rebuilding the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. They feared that this relic, which was destroyed by the Jordanians when they controlled the area prior to 1967, would undermine the Al Aqsa Mosque. The synagogue is 1,000 yards away from the mosque, too far to cause any damage, and is only one of several synagogues in that area that have been constructed or rehabilitated without a peep from the Palestinians.

Why hasn’t the press made more of the naming of a square in Palestinian territory memorializing Dalal Mughrabi, the woman terrorist who murdered 37 Israelis, one American and wounded another 71 back in 1978? Not a peep. Is it OK to honor a terrorist, teach hatred in schools, and lob rockets into Israeli towns, but wrong to build housing in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city?

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Let’s keep our priorities in order. Let’s realize that much of what we read is nothing more than pure fantasy fabricated by an expert Palestinian publicity bureau.

Joel Goodman, Auburn

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