Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Facts for Peace

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Facts for Peace

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There were two major factual inaccuracies in the Oct. 24 article by Rich Lord from Israel ("Living His Father's Prophecy in the West Bank"),and those of us who support Israel need to be clear about the facts if peace is ever to be achieved.

The article paraphrases settler Dov Bloom that "until a real Palestinian leader emerges and accepts that Jews will live in Israel, there's not much sense in talking." Doesn'tMr. Bloom know that Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization accepted Israel's right to exist in 1988(!),that this was reiterated in an official letter in 1993 and ratified by the Palestinian National Council (504 to 68)? And that the Arab League's 2002 "Peace Initiative"promised peace with all its more than 20 members once a Palestinian state is established beside Israel with East Jerusalem as its capital, and an agreed upon resolution of the refugee problem is found? This offer has been reiterated more than twice since then. …

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