Martin Raffel’s column (“After The Gaza War: Back To The Two-State Solution,” Sept. 5) supports a laudable objective but otherwise seems mired in contradictions.
He knows that Hamas is the implacable enemy of a two-state settlement, but as he speaks Hamas has announced again that it will accept a two-state agreement negotiated by the Palestinian Authority. He insists that such an agreement must be negotiated with Israel, but [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has again announced that he will not accept such an agreement; lest there be any confusion, he further confiscates Palestinian land for Israeli settlements.
To be pro-Palestinian, Raffel intones, is to be anti-Hamas. That may be. But it seems equally arguable that to be pro-Israel is to be anti-Likud.