Your editorial "Making Things Worse" (Dec. 30) perpetrates inaccuracies and misconceptions. "The people of Gaza have been stateless since the Egyptian administration of the territory was ended 20 years ago," it says.
They have been stateless under Egyptian administration too. For 19 years Egypt has kept the Gaza area under repressive military rule that has done nothing to better the lot of the inhabitants. Israel has poured a lot of money and effort into improving the quality of life there. "Israel . . . denies the legitimacy of Jordanian sovereignty of that land." Does the U.S.? Only two countries have ever recognized the Jordanian annexation of the West Bank in 1950--Britain and Pakistan. Interestingly enough no Arab country did.
And how did Israel come to possess the West Bank? Through a Sunday afternoon stroll? We are there as a result of a war of aggression waged against us, in spite of pleas to the Jordanians to keep out of the fray. If you kill your parents, do not ask to be pitied as an orphan.
And yet, who did more than Israel to restore the flagging fortunes of Jordan in the West Bank? Allowing civil servants to receive salaries from Jordan, the opening of a Jordanian bank, the appointment of pro-Jordanian mayors and civic leaders, the open bridges (literally) to Jordan--all these do not count?