Magazine article The American Prospect

The Whole World Is Watching. (Correspondence)

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Whole World Is Watching. (Correspondence)

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I FOUND THE NOVEMBER 19 issue, "The Whole World Is Watching," particularly incisive and consistent with my own take on the Pandora's box that America has opened. Eric Alterman's book review "Chronicling the Last War" provides his perceptive comments, as usual, and Stanley Hoffmann's "Why Don't They Like Us?" comprehends, and explains with eloquence and writ, how we arrived at where we are.

DON ZOOK-SLAGEL
Waldoboro, ME

I AM AN AMERICAN JEW who is appalled at the expansion of the West Bank settlements and the abuses of the Israeli Defense Forces. Nevertheless, I feel it is incumbent upon Stanley Hoffmann ["Why Don't They Like Us?"] to define precisely what policy changes he intends when he suggests that we "drastically reorient U.S. policy in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," considering that Yasir Arafat had more meetings with President Clinton than any other foreign leader.

In addition, Rashid Khalidi ["American Anointed"] would add a great deal to the understanding of the present situation if he could explain why the deal offered at the Camp David summit by Ehud Barak in 2000, which included up to 97 percent of the land in the West Bank and Gaza as well as parts of Jerusalem, wasn't acceptable, and if he could suggest a peace proposal acceptable to the Palestinians that would also protect Israel's survival--assuming that Mr. …

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