THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
DEBATING UN ROLE IN PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

America’s one-sided Mideast policy breeds turmoil

August 25, 2011

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HOW CAN the Israeli consul general to New England, Shai Bazak, write that it is the Palestinian people who have been refusing to embrace “the two-state vision’’ while Israel has been urging them to grasp the opportunity for statehood (“A Pyrrhic victory for the Palestinians,’’ Op-ed, Aug. 18)?

And how can more than 80 members of the US House choose this moment to go on a junket to Israel, rather than attending to their constituents at home? Are they checking out how Israel uses the $3 billion in taxpayers’ money that we give them every year? Contemplating cutting it?

Unfortunately, that is not likely. Yousef Munayyer (“After failed negotiations, it’s the only option left,’’ Op-ed, Aug. 18) is right - the United States has been anything but an “even-handed mediator.’’ There will be endless turmoil and destruction in the region if Israel is permitted to continue its colonization of Palestinian territory and if our one-sided Middle East policy does not change.

Nancy Murray
Cambridge