Israel must be willing to negotiate

November 27, 2012

The tragedies in Gaza and Israel pained me. The reckless attack of civilians is morally reprehensible regardless if it's done by Israel or Hamas. Of course, Israel's assault on civilians was so out of line and disproportionate, one has to wonder how human beings can behave this way. Our government should stop funding the occupation and use the $3.5 billion tax dollars given to Israel each year to instead rebuild U.S. infrastructure.

G. Jefferson Price III made an excellent point in his commentary ("For Israel, it's different this time," Nov. 20) that the Arab Spring has changed the dynamics in the Middle East. Is it possible that Israeli politicians will finally wake up and recognize that the occupation will no longer be tolerated?

Mr. Price succinctly recognizes the problem: "... life's more dangerous for Israel, not because of the existential threat from Palestinian rockets but because Israeli leaders have consistently obstructed and resisted arrangements that would have brought a dignified peace to the region." It is baffling why Israeli politicians consistently refuse to negotiate. Imagine a scenario where Palestinians and Israelis live in harmony, making the region a place of sustained economic development. Instead, Israeli leaders refuse to seek a solution beneficial to both sides.

It seems a tenuous cease fire has been reached. But unless the occupation ends, and the settlers leave the West Bank, the cease fire, like the others, will be temporary. Peace with justice is the only solution.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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