The Seattle Times’ editorial on Ariel Sharon ended with the point that Sharon had done a very laudable thing by removing Israeli settlers and army from the Gaza Strip [“Ariel Sharon’s complex legacy,” Opinion, Jan. 13].
That action should have led to a Palestinian state, initially limited to Gaza plus any land traded by Israel for occupied land areas on the West Bank or in Jerusalem.
However, the Gazans promptly “shot themselves in the foot” by electing an extremist government (Hamas). If current Israeli-Palestinian talks, being shepherded by Secretary of State John Kerry, concentrated on a “Gaza first” strategy, I believe the talks could be successful.
Historically, Gaza belonged to the Philistines rather than to the Hebrews. So most Israelis would have no objection to the eventuality of a non-Jewish state there. And all parties would applaud some movement on the Palestinian question.
Donald J. Fritz, Tacoma