Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Other People's Mail

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Other People's Mail

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No Worries for Netanyahu

To The International Herald Tribune, March 30, 2010

Many observers say that the U.S. Congress has never been as divided as it is today, but almost all Democrats and Republicans agree on limitless support for Israel.

So long as that remains a fact, Israel will keep building its settlements-worry-free.

This is bad news for peace in the Middle East and the ''war on terrorism.''

Panos Kakaviatos, Strasbourg, France

Palestinian Nonviolence

To The New York Times, April 9, 2010

"Palestinians Try a Less Violent Path to Resistance" seems to propagate the notion that the Palestinian struggle has been only violent. Just because the media choose to ignore the long history of Palestinian nonviolent resistance does not mean it hasn't always existed.

Saying that "nonviolence has never caught on here" does a great disservice to the many Palestinians who have been killed since the early 1900s while nonviolently resisting injustices and ignores the Palestinians, Israelis and others who have acted nonviolently for years.

Israel has increased harassment of nonviolent protesters in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem with nighttime raids and arrests of both leaders and participants, including children. These people, and those who came before them, deserve to be acknowledged and supported, not erased from history.

Edith Garwood, Concord, NC

Wishes on Israel's Birthday

To The New York Times, April 20, 2010

Your article about what Israelis felt during their Independence Day does not seem to quote any Israeli Arabs. Or do they not count, even though they make up roughly 20 percent of the population?

Maybe the mood will brighten when everyone over there can celebrate Palestinian Independence Day.

Robert Haufrecht, New York, NY

Israel and the Peace Process

To the Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2010

The government of Israel is just that-a government. It is not the nation itself or the Jewish people, any more than the federal government in Washington is the same as the American people. And like any government, Israel's can be corrupt, incompetent and blind to the best interests of its own people.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is right to criticize the Israeli government, and Israel ignores her criticism at its own risk. Many American Jews are tired of the endless wars in the region and want a two-state solution and peace. Large numbers of Israelis feel the same way, and many of them have voted with their feet, as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who have emigrated to the U.S. and other countries.

If Israel doesn't take some positive steps on its own toward a two-state solution, it will continue to exist in a state of siege that will damage its economy even more than it has been damaged already.

Stanton J. Price, Glendale, CA

Israel, U.S. and the World

To The International Herald Tribune, April 7, 2010

Roger Cohen is correct that we are witnessing a shift to the good in U.S.-Israel relations. For many years the realist wing of the foreign policy elite in the United States (Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski and others) has argued that there is a link between the recruitment of terrorists and a festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now, with the recent statement by Gen. David Petraeus to the Senate Armed Services Committee, we see that American military leaders also see that link.

Between these two groups it is clear that the United States can no longer accept the status quo in Israel-Palestine. It is time for the United States to stop rewarding Israeli actions that undercut negotiations. A good place to start is in the U.N. Security Council, where the United States should stop using its veto to shield Israel from the consequences of its actions.

Jeff Warner, La Habra Heights, CA

Israel's Security Problem

To the Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2010

I'll make a suggestion: While bombing Iran might halt its nuclear program, a simpler way to ensure that Iran does not attack Israel is to tear down the checkpoints and security wall, allow Palestinians the right of return and integrate them fully as citizens of Israel. …

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