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November 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Arab countries must take responsibility

Palestinian people need to accept the permanency of a Jewish state

Columnist Thomas Friedman aptly articulates the complexity and the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his review of Ari Shavit’s new book, “My Promised Land ” [“Changing the discussion on Israel,” Opinion, Nov. 19].

Indeed, Israel is a miracle of political science: the re-establishment of an ancient nation-state on its ancestral homeland after centuries of exile. Yet, Israel is also in a perilous situation vis-à-vis its neighbors, and the broader tumultuous region at large.

As Friedman writes, “For too long, the Arab world kept the Palestinians frozen in victimhood.” For peace to be possible, the Palestinian people must discard the shackles of perpetual victimhood, accept the legitimacy and permanency of a Jewish state — Israel, for its part, has accepted the legitimacy of the Palestinian claim to statehood for more than two decades, through a succession of left, right, and center-led governments.

And the Arab countries that created and preserved the problem of Palestinian refugees for more than six decades must take responsibility for solving it.

Nevet Basker, Bellevue

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