In response to the Feb. 23 article “Presbyterian Stances Roil Relations With Jews,” it is those ignorant of Jewish history who would root Zionism in beliefs of theological and religious exceptionalism. Two thousand years of life in exile under the harshest conditions of deprivation, forced conversions and death gave rise to political Zionism. The Jews as all other people were and are entitled to have a country of their own, to be masters of their own fate. The Jews returned to the country of their ancestors from where they were exiled. This country is the land of Israel, or as the Romans called it Palestine.
The Jews fought for their rights throughout the 20th century and will continue to do so in the future regardless of those who see their own condition as exceptionalism.