With no end to Palestinians’ culture of hate, there is no hope for peace

RE “THE handshake delusion” by Jeff Jacoby (Op-ed, Sept. 11): The handshake in Washington in 1993 between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, a gesture that was supposed to be the begining of a peace process, has been one of the biggest scams in world history, much like the “peace in our time” comments by Neville Chamberlain in 1938.

There are still folks who honestly believe that the Palestinians have changed. They haven’t. One of the greatest travesties was giving a Nobel Peace Prize to Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Arafat for going through a charade. As the mother of man killed by Arab terrorists said: They don’t give a Nobel Prize for literature for writing half a book.

One of the agreements in the Oslo Accord was that the Palestinians would put an end to incitement to violence. Anyone who has heard President Mahmoud Abbas or listened to Palestinian Authority media knows that, even after 20 years, the hate and bigotry continue to pour out of the mosques and television. Until this changes and new generations emerge untainted by this culture of hate, there is no hope for a real peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Gilbert Stein

Aptos, Calif.