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letters | debating israel’s settlement plan

History shows that Palestinian leaders don’t support two-state Mideast plan

THE GLOBE condemns Israel’s plans for new settlements in the E-1 area as a “blow” to the Mideast peace process, lamenting how “peace talks can be held hostage to politics” (“Israeli settlement plan is a blow to Mideast peace process,” Editorial, Dec. 21).

However, the Globe does not explain why peace talks did not resume in 2008, when Israel instituted a 10-month freeze on settlements, or why settlements are a “blow” to peace at all; why can’t a future Palestinian state include some Jewish residents as part of a peace agreement? The answer to the latter is that the Palestinian Authority has always sought to exclude Jews from its territory. How a peace agreement can be made between an entity that cannot abide Jewish residents and a Jewish state is not addressed.

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The unfortunate fact is that settlements are not a blow to the 19-year-old “peace process,” because the peace process is dead. The Palestinian Authority does not seek a state, but rather the destruction of Israel; this is plainly evident from the authority’s rejection of becoming a state at the 2000 Camp David and Taba conferences.

History is replete with disastrous movements to restrict or terminate Jewish residency. It’s disappointing the Globe has lent its support to one.

Jack J. Schuss

Newton

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