'To Achieve Mideast Peace, Suspend Disbelief' - A response letter

 

Dennis B. Ross accurately describes the obstacles preventing an Israeli-Palestinian agreement (“To Achieve Mideast Peace, Suspend Disbelief”, Sunday Review, March 3). We agree that these “cannot be an argument for doing nothing.” Because of the mutual mistrust between the Israelis and the Palestinians, “coordinated unilateral moves” are an approach we have long advocated.

But Mr. Ross does not mention the United States. An American role is indispensable. Articulating a vision for the end of the conflict, the United States needs to work with each side separately to help each develop and carry out unilateral steps to create a tangible reality of two states for two peoples. This will reinstate trust and pave the way to an eventual agreement.

For Israel, a two-state solution is the only way to secure its future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people. For America, active leadership toward attaining this solution will restore its standing in the Middle East.

PETER A. JOSEPH
GILEAD SHER
New York, March 4, 2013


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