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Israeli settlements thwart prospects for peace with Palestinians

THE GLOBE’S Dec. 21 editorial, “Israeli settlement plan is a blow to Mideast peace process,” was spot-on. Many of us in the Jewish community feel it important to be free to criticize the policies of Israel’s government, while supporting a democratic Jewish state.

In fact, most American Jews support the two-state solution and oppose West Bank settlement construction. Numerous polls have validated that.

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Those of us who care about Israel’s future and see where it is heading, who want to be proud of a Jewish state that is also a democracy, and who want to see it live in security and peace, strongly reject this settlement construction, which our State Department recently called a “pattern of provocative action.” I thank the Globe for drawing attention to these damaging actions by Israel’s government.

Sidney Topol

Board of Directors,
Americans for Peace Now

Boston

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