Sunday, April 27, 2014

Letter to the Editor:Abbas Had Already Made Successful Talks Impossible‏

Please consider the following letter for publication in The Boston  Globe. 
Thank you.

     To the editor:   If David Greenfield ("With Hamas in Palestinian coalition, Mideast talks  impossible," April 26) is correct in his assertion that Mahmoud Abbas'
  latest reconciliation agreement with Hamas should dash any hope for  progress towards a Palestinian Arab-Israeli peace agreement, one has to  wonder why anyone had any hope in the first place. After all, just as  Greenfield pointed out the Hamas charter states, "there is no solution  for the Palestinian question except through Jihad," the still unchanged  PLO charter asserts "armed struggle is the only way to liberate
 Palestine" and the Fatah charter similarly states "armed struggle is a  strategy and not a tactic" while setting forth the goal of the  "eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural  existence."

   Besides his role as the "moderate" president of the Palestinian  Authority, Abbas also leads those two terrorist organizations. He also,  just a few short weeks ago, told President Obama he would not sign an  agreement ending the conflict with Israel. He has also acknowledged a  peace agreement would have been signed long ago had he been willing to  exhibit some flexibility, rather than clinging to the same outrageous  demands Yasser Arafat was making back in 1993.
  If President Obama is going to take Geoffrey Lewis' advice in the same  issue of the Boston Globe, "Time for an Obama peace plan," our  leadership should end the counterproductive tradition of trying to see  how far it could get Israel to compromise its rights and its security to  appease the uncompromising Arabs. This path has only rewarded and fed  Palestinian Arab intransigence. Instead, we should put forth a fair  proposal, including a reasonable distribution of the disputed territory  avoiding the creation of additional refugees.

Alan Stein, Ph.D. President Emeritus PRIMER-Connecticut Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting

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