John Kerry, like every Secretary of State before him, is trying to get a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. He is going to fail. The obituary of Ariel Sharon, with its accompanying biography, was an affirmation of Netanyahu’s recent pronouncement that an accord that would result in the West Bank area becoming a Palestinian State would require the Palestinians to publicly and formally acknowledge Israel as a Jewish State, and cease from both inculcating hate for Israel and training their youth to fight Israel.
These items are only a few roadblocks the Palestinians have erected to prevent a permanent peace. Not only do they refuse, but their charter refuses, their leadership preaches to their population that all of Israel belongs to them, and they inculcate their youth with hatred towards Israel.
How foolish Israel would be to give a large piece of land out of its middle to a group that won’t promise the basic element of a permanent peace. The Palestinians say they want peace, but what they really mean is they want a hudna, an Islamic term meaning a temporary suspension of fighting. Gaza is the perfect example of a hudna; after Israel withdrew from Gaza (taking with them Jewish settlements), the antagonism began again.
Harvey Rosenwasser, Key Biscayne