Please consider the following letter for publication in The Boston Globe.
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 www.primerct.org
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