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September 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Middle East: Palestinians have not been interested in a two-state solution

In a recent column Jerry Large sings the praises of Seattle professor John McKay who is on assignment in the Middle East trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians [“McKay Sees Palestine as an Ireland,” Local News, Sept. 17]. McKay believes that the conflict can be solved the same way the British negotiated their withdrawal from Ireland.  He is forgetting one major point:

The Irish were demanding that the British leave Ireland. They were not demanding that the British leave Britain.

Contrary to his view, the Arab side has never agreed to a two-state solution. In their media, schools and mosques, they demand that the Jewish state be demolished entirely. If they had wanted to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank, they could have done so in the 19 years that this territory was under the control of Arab nations. This would not have served their goal, which is the destruction of a state, not the creation of one.

If McKay is not aware of this most basic reason for the conflict, he could do the world a big favor by coming home and staying out of Middle East politics.

Robert G. Kaufman, Seattle

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