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THE MIDDLE EAST: DEMANDS AND REALITIES

One path to peace: recognition of Israel as Jewish state

September 24, 2011

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IN HIS Sept. 21 op-ed column “No to statehood,’’ Jeff Jacoby states clearly and succinctly why statehood for the Palestinians has not happened, even though there have been myriad opportunities. My frustration is that many who continually find fault with Israel, including American Jews, base their knowledge of the situation on what they hear on 24-hour news cycles and what they garner from sound bites, often from people with not only little knowledge of the region’s history but with a misguided view of the missed opportunities for peace.

As Jacoby points out, there is no shortage of stateless peoples who continue to be baffled by, as he says, the Palestinians’ “refusal to take yes for an answer.’’

The Palestinians’ leaders do them a great disservice by not telling the truth as to what the reality of a two-state solution will look like. There will be no right of return. There will be no return to 1967 borders.

The Palestinians deserve to live in peace, and Israel deserves to be recognized for what it is and will continue to be - a Jewish state.

Continuing to build in the settlements might seem to be the impediment to peace. However, neither the settlements, nor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s taciturn personality, nor even the impossible right-wing religious hard-liners are the reasons why there is no peace. When the Palestinian government abolishes violence and states openly that Israel is a Jewish state and will remain so, there will be peace.
Ann Marchette

Brookline