H.E. Dr Zvi Shtauber
Embassy of Israel
Peace with the
Palestinians must be global not only Syria and Lebanon
should be included, as Secretary Colin Powell indicated, but
As a member of
the Babylonian Jewish community that was glorious and substantial,
I wish to stress Jewish connections with Iraq and to emphasise
the lessons of history of 2,500 years that there can be no
peace for Israel unless Iraq is brought under control.
limelight will soon move onto that country and if Saddam is
removed, as surely he will be, any conference to establish
a new regime in Iraq must include Jewish representatives.
The Arabs must
not be allowed to claim the countries of the fertile crescent
as their own, since that region has been and continues to
be the home of many nationalities; Jews and Kurds, Assyrians,
Turcomen, Druse, Maronites and others, all of whom should
be encouraged to strengthen their presence there. In particular,
some of us should be allowed to return to Iraq and rebuild
our community there.
With kind regards.
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