Baruch Shaw’s letter suggesting that 19th-century proposals that Uganda or other places, as opposed to what was then Palestine, should be a final home of the Jewish people is very disturbing (Your Say, March 21). Those proposals were brought up only as temporary solutions serving as a nachtasyl — a “night refuge” — for the persecuted Jews of Europe.
The present land of Israel remained the final objective. For every leader that Shaw has mentioned, we can bring up hundreds that disagreed with those proposals.
The proof is in the pudding. Those ideas did not work, while the existence of the magnificent State of Israel is here to stay, because in the hearts and minds of the Jewish people there are significant historical, religious and traditional ties that are undeniable.
Jews who think otherwise should go and see for themselves.