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Abbas right to seek redress through UN

Your editorial on the Mideast cease-fire rightly puts the blame for the failure of previous peace talks where it belongs: on Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli government. The push toward annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, continued settlement building, and other extreme demands are proof of Israel’s real intentions, which don’t appear to include a two-state solution. The horrific destruction that Israel wrought in Gaza puts a two-state solution even farther out of reach.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has no option but to seek redress through the United Nations and other international forums, because the United States has shown that it is incapable of being a fair, honest broker. That is another reason that previous negotiations have failed.

John Lampert