If the Palestinians really wanted a state of their own, they would be willing to recognize the existence of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. However, their actions show that they are still not ready to do this.
They have had many opportunities to accept a two-state solution, but rejected them all. Claims that the building of Jewish home in disputed territory has killed the two-state solution simply ignores the fact that most of the building has been done in areas which would remain with Israel in any negotiated settlement and that much was actually the rebuilding of communities that were destroyed by Jordan. The building of the settlements is just a poor excuse for not wanting to negotiate.
In his Dec. 19 letter to the editor, Ron Fox alleges that the Palestinians do not have a peace partner with which to negotiate. As evidenced by the failure to accept a state in 1948, the failed Oslo Accords which brought on the second Intifada, the supposedly moderate Abbas who walked out of the 2008 negotiations when he was offered the equivalent of all disputed territory, and when four years ago the PA foreign minister stated they would never again negotiate directly with Israel, it would appear it is the Israelis that do not have a true peace partner. Fox ignores the fact that Abbas has rejected core component of the “two-state solution.”
Blaming Israel for assassinating a terrorist who was responsible for several recent attacks against Israel is absurd. Israel has every right to defend itself against those who wish to eliminate it. Those behind the BDS movement including the founder Omar Barghouti have clearly stated there is no place for a Jewish State in Palestine so it would appear that the two-state solution is not an option accepted by the Palestinians.
Jonathan Tobin was correct in his assessment of the “Squad” wanting to eliminate the one Jewish State. Three of the four voted against the anti-BDS resolution in the House, thereby aligning themselves with the goal of Omar Barghouti: the destruction of the State of Israel.
Lastly insinuating that Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East, is an apartheid state is simply outrageous.
Carol Denbo, Swampscott