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Unreasonable to blame Israel

The Globe overreaches in analyzing how the Israeli election will affect the current Israeli-Palestinian impasse (“A new political generation emerges in Israeli vote,” Editorial, Jan. 25). Though centrist voters overwhelmingly support a two-state solution, their vote was not based upon ideological or peace issues, but on kitchen-table issues such as housing costs.

Increasingly, Israelis are resigned to the fact the impasse is beyond Israeli control. Yet a two-state solution is easily attainable whenever the Palestinians are willing to engage in a reasonable negotiation. But it is not reasonable for Palestinians to insist on closing off parts of Jerusalem to Jews (as was the case before the 1967 war); it is not reasonable to insist that any Jews living within a new Palestinian state be forced to abandon their homes; it is not reasonable to establish a Palestinian state without a credible commitment to peace with Israel. And it is not reasonable to blame Israel for the current impasse when the Palestinians insist on Israel’s acquiescence to all of the above before they will even begin negotiations.

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So, while the Globe may be looking for glimmers of hope in this conflict, its continuing obsession with calling on Israel to resolve an impasse that is neither of its making nor its choosing is not helpful.

Michael Halperin


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