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Netanyahu has shown his desire for peace — when will Palestinians?

REGARDING THE Globe’s contention that “Palestinians have long resisted the notion put forth by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that ‘economic peace’ should take priority over a political one” (“Mideast investment plan helps, but can’t substitute for peace,” Editorial, June 16):

The Palestinian Arabs, besides immediately rejecting Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal to give them another $4 billion, have repeatedly rejected both economic and political peace. Indeed, it has only been the failure, due to Arab intransigence, of all efforts at political peace that led Netanyahu to conclude the best hope for eventually reaching a real peace was by first doing whatever Israel could to improve the lives, including the economic conditions, of the Palestinian Arabs in the disputed territories.

From both his words and his deeds, it is clear the Israeli leader dreams of peace. Until the Palestinian Arabs dramatically change course — recall, they never even responded to Israel’s offer nearly five years ago to give them the equivalent of 100 percent of the disputed territory — a bit of realism is in order, on the part of Israel and on the part of the editorial writers at the Globe.

Alan Stein