Dear Sir,Your recent exchange of letters about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict miss the wood for the trees. We can go back further in time. We can speculate on what would have happened if Balfour had NOT made his declaration in 1917; if the first British governor of the mandated territory of Palestine, Lord Samuels, had not been Jewish; if Hitler had not risen to power and intensified the yearning for a Jewish state; if Great Britain had not thrown the problem back to the UN when the 25 year mandate expired and so on. These things happened and sensible people accept them. After the fighting in 1948, the UN general assembly agreed to a state of Israel on 78% of the territory bounded by a green line which was (compared with some lines being discussed in Israel now) moderately short and defensible. The UN has not agreed on ANY change, and legally, although not apparently in practice, the US agrees that these are the borders.
Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics