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Polarizing remarks not helpful

Columnist Kathleen Parker (Sept. 5) is cautiously optimistic about recently resumed Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. These negotiations focus on “solutions” and “final status agreements.” What a refreshing change from statements about Israel, appearing frequently in letters on these pages, that blame, or even demonize, one side. Rather than contributing to peace, letters and statements that blame one side give aid and comfort to those who reject peace, whether out of fundamentalist mindsets or because they benefit from perpetuation of the conflict.

Arguably the origins of the conflict go back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, or even to Abraham and which son was the rightful heir. Peace will come not from rehashing history, but from looking forward and agreeing on an outcome acceptable to both parties. That outcome has already been determined in broad terms; namely, two states, one Arab, one Jewish. Details about borders, Jerusalem, peace and security, and fair treatment of those displaced are challenging, but can be worked out once there is a commitment to peace.

Let us not through words and deeds lend support to rejectionists who use the continuing conflict for personal advantage. Rather, let us contribute to achieving the peace of the two-state solution.

Howard Glass



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