letters | a path to peace?

Israel is being forced to gamble lives of its children

Secretary of State John Kerry, who has no skin in this game, and at worst will end up with egg on his face, is not the one gambling (“Kerry’s enormous effort stirs new hope for Mideast talks,” Editorial, July 30). Israel is being forced to gamble the lives of its children that the 104 murderers and terrorists that the Palestinians demand be released from Israeli prison don’t resort to their old ways. Israel is also forced to gamble their lives that a Palestinian state will not mimic the terror state of Gaza.

As the countries surrounding Israel continue drowning in blood, Kerry, as past administrations have done, expects that by leaning on Israel he will be lionized for solving all of the problems in the Middle East.

That’s not gambling. That’s delusion.

Harry Onickel

Ferndale, Mich.