YOUR correspondent Avi Lehrer takes Robert Fisk to task for implying that Israel was built on Arab land (Write Back, July 7).
Zionist hero Moshe Dayan said in 1969: "We came to this country which was already populated by Arabs and we are establishing a Hebrew, that is a Jewish S tate here. There is not a place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."
It's well-documented that Zionist leaders believed the biblical lands belonged to the future Jewish State and the only way to achieve this was the "transfer solution" – a euphemism for the organised removal of Palestinians to neighbouring lands. In 1917, at the time of Balfour's promise of a Jewish homeland, the Jewish population of Palestine was only 10%.