JOSEPH Wakim's metaphor of refugees taking over a home ("Australia must find balance on Palestinians," January 10) is all very nice, but completely irrelevant to the Israeli/Palestinian situation.
It falsely assumes that the Palestinians were there first and the Jews came later and forced them out and that Israel has never offered to share the land nor been subjected to violence.
In fact, for thousands of years, what is now Israel has been the Jewish homeland and has had a substantial Jewish population. It has never been a Palestinian state.
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