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June 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Israeli, Palestinian conflict

Times editorial makes Israeli voice heard

Congratulations on your editorial [“Netanyahu offers half an olive branch,” Opinion, June 19] on the Israeli settlements and having the courage to print it.

As a former foreign-service officer with nine years experience in the Middle East, I have long been convinced that a lack of public understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict essentially explains our failure to resolve it, despite our several attempts over the past decades.

Rarely, if ever, does one read even mild public criticism of Israeli policies from politicians or newspapers, the prime sources shaping public opinion on the issue. Without public awareness and support of the president’s public statements stressing the necessity of removing the settlements — making him the first president to do so — U.S. efforts will fail again.

Your editorial is the strongest and clearest statement I have read in any newspaper thus far on the matter. While not optimistic, your editorial offers at least a ray of hope.

— Gordon K. Pierson, Bellingham

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