Letter: Middle East conflict

Published: 6/10/2021 8:00:13 AM

It seems everyone but Israel agrees that creating separate Israeli and Palestinian states is a solution to the current impasse between the two sides. The current situation is that the Israelis systematically deprive the Palestinians of equal right so that they can maintain a Jewish state. Former President Jimmy Carter rightly called this apartheid and a moral outrage.

The Israelis justified there latest war on the Palestinians by saying that it is protecting itself against Hamas rockets and that Hamas should recognize the right of Israel to exist. This is of course true, but is misses the bigger picture for Israel and the world. What if the war between Israel and Palestine gets out of control? By that I mean, what if Palestinians devise some new way to attack Israel or a third party enters the conflict? This could very easily turn into a major war where everyone loses, especially Israel. I think Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has a good path forward for the United States. To make it clear that we support a two state solution, we should treat the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank as a Palestinian state in the making. We should open a diplomatic mission in the Ramallah and invite the PA to send a diplomatic representative to Washington. Plus, I think we should encourage all nearby Arab states to do the same.

Craig Fournier


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