Would a unified Israeli-Palestinian state work?
Regarding Ghada Karmi's May 30 Opinion piece, "The case for a one-
state solution": Ms. Karmi's suggestion is highly untenable.
Palestinians and Israelis have deep differences of ethnicity,
religious beliefs, religious practices, and all aspects of cultural
life. Despite its so-called Jewish identity, Israel is a modern
liberal democracy that affords far more freedom and civil rights to
its citizens than do the Palestinian territories or any other
country in the whole Middle East.
Israel already has to do a tough job of assimilating Arab
Israelis into the modern state. If Palestine and Israel are united
it will cause an explosion because of conflicting interests and will
certainly lead to civil wars. The goal of an independent, free,
stable Palestine is much more feasible. Old wisdom says "good fences
make good neighbors."
Once Palestinians have their own free state, they can maintain
their distinct identity, invest their energies toward developing
their own modern nation, and expect foreign investments and trade
relations with the rest of the world, including Israel.
Rajiv Thind Christchurch, New Zealand
In response to Ghada Karmi's recent Opinion piece on a "one-
state solution": The two-state "solution" has been a cruel one to
the people of historic Palestine, and it has been a farce, for it
has not been a solution at all. It's been yet another way to
oppress, impoverish, and displace the native non-Jewish population
of the Holy Land.
Simply respecting basic human rights would go a long way toward
creating a just and lasting peace in that very troubled region. And
it has to start with the people.
Anne Selden Annab Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Regarding Ghada Karmi's recent Opinion piece: This promotion of
an unworkable "one-state solution" or a binational state is simply
an indirect attempt to bring about an end to the State of Israel as
the national homeland of the Jewish people.
The State of Israel was established to fulfill the nationalist
aspirations of the Jewish people in their historic homeland, which
Jews have inhabited for centuries. It is unrealistic and
unacceptable to expect Israel to voluntarily subvert its own
sovereign existence and nationalist identity. Ms. Karmi ignores
efforts to resolve the Palestinian refugee issue in the context of a
negotiated two-state solution, including Israel's willingness to
consider participating in an international effort to resolve the
Abraham H. Foxman New York
National director, Anti-Defamation League End attacks from West
Regarding the May 28 article, "West Bank cell service still on
hold": The article ends with, "[telecom chief executive officer
Allan] Richardson can't resist pitching his philosophy on the role
of telecoms could play in the Mideast: 'You can't shoot a
Kalashnikov if you are talking on a mobile. …