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MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s strong response isn’t the problem

Letter by Belinda F. Timpke, Tacoma on Dec. 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm with No Comments »
December 13, 2012 1:02 pm

Re: “Israel’s leaders need to make smarter decisions” (TNT, 12-12).

Frida Ghitis criticizes Israel’s strong response to the Palestinian Authority’s move at the United Nations. She calls Israel’s leaders foolish and irresponsible for moving forward with the controversial E1 housing project east of Jerusalem on land under Israeli jurisdiction per the 1995 Interim Agreement.

Ghitis describes Israel’s dangerous neighborhood in this “new era of Middle Eastern turbulence” and “the ascendance of Islamist parties.” She then expects Israel to pursue cordial relationships with her neighbors while the Palestinian Authority unilaterally attempts to bypass direct negotiations with Israel, which she admits “violated a fundamental tenet of the Oslo Accords.”

Israel and the West want a two-state solution, something that will only happen when Palestinian leadership seriously engages in direct negotiations instead of pursuing symbolic unilateral actions. All nations wanting a solution to this conflict need to pressure Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel’s right to exist, forsake terrorism and get back to the negotiating table. That is the only hope for both peoples.

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