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March 27, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Israel and Palestine: Despair never got us anywhere

Trudy Rubin masterfully lays out the thorny realities that constitute the Israeli and Palestinian deadlock [“If not two states, what?” Opinion, March 22]. My response: Despair never got us anywhere.

In Secretary of State John Kerry we have a tenacious visionary. The two-state solution must be nurtured to fruition by supporting the ongoing negotiations. Rubin neatly sums up why: The one-state solution is a nonstarter. Either Israel would remain an eternal occupier or it would no longer be a Jewish state.

In numerous conversations about the conflict, I have observed that those with opposing views visualize one unified Israel, but have vastly different notions of its character. “Hawks” believe that the Jewish people would only be safe when the biblical promise is fulfilled. In this scenario, Jews would be the overwhelming majority, and the others simply need to go somewhere else. “Dovish” individuals, typically idealistic youth, cannot understand why we all can’t just get along, an equally naive perspective that dismisses the continued imperative for a secure Jewish homeland.

Prior years of hard diplomatic work have already laid the groundwork for two states. Surely compromise will be necessary.

Paula L. Chester, Mercer Island

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