Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Good Letters at the NYTimes

From today's NYTimes:-

To the Editor:

Re “The Palestinians’ Bid” (editorial, Sept. 23):

How many times must we go through the same charade? Israel is labeled the obstacle to peace, and pressure is put on its leaders to offer a settlement to this endless conflict. Israel’s leader of the day (Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert) offers a comprehensive proposal consistent with the parameters broadly accepted by all intermediaries as the fair solution.

The Palestinian leadership, with no constructive reason or counterproposal, walks away from the offer. And then after the briefest of moments, we again find the world sympathizing with the oppressed Palestinians and their “understandable frustration” with Israel’s “refusal” to make the concessions for peace.

When will we learn? The only true obstacle to peace, which has been demonstrated time and again, is the Palestinian unwillingness to reach any resolution that accepts Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish homeland.

White Plains

To the Editor:

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, claimed in his speech at the United Nations that the Palestine Liberation Organization is the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” and yet it could not even rule the Gaza Strip after Israel withdrew from that territory.

Rather, the terrorist organization Hamas, which is not a member of the P.L.O. and openly calls for the destruction of Israel, is the ruling entity in Gaza. If Israel were to withdraw from the West Bank without a negotiated agreement, there is nothing to prevent another Hamas takeover.

Stony Brook, N.Y.

At least they get published.


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