Palestinian peace movement a myth |

Palestinian peace movement a myth

Mr. Schwalm’s junk column on the Middle East (The Union, April 20), predicated on a number of distortions, the biggest lie being that Israel started the 1967 war, serves only to muddle and obscure the central reality, that is, that the Palestinians do not now want, and never have wanted, a peace treaty with Israel, giving precedence in deed and word (especially in Arabic) to their dream of destroying Israel over achieving their own state.

Sharon has proved right in opposing the Oslo Accords, since “Land for Peace” has become land for launching murderous attacks on Israel, about 400 deaths before the current violence. When Arafat told Rabin he could not control Hamas, Rabin said that Arafat could not then be a negotiating partner. When Arafat walked out on Barak’s proposal for a Palestinian state and launched the current violence, even the diehard Israeli peace movement recognized there could be no hope of negotiations. There has never been a Palestinian peace movement.

When the Palestinians were truly occupied, before Oslo, the terrorists had to come from Jordan, Lebanon or the sea. The term “occupied” continues to be loosely used.

Suicide bombings are a threat to civilization. Currently, the United States and Israel are victims, but no nation is immune.

Leo Subotnik

Nevada City

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