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Contradictions On Mideast Conflict

Contradictions On Mideast Conflict

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

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


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