The casualties and loss of life in the struggle for peace between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip are in clear view, yet the several hundred lives lost in Gaza takes on even greater significance than the 150,000 lives lost in Syria [“Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce,” Nation & World, July…More
I commend U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his condemnation of Hamas’ acts of firing missiles indiscriminately into Israel [“Despite offensive, Gaza rockets still hit Israel,” Nation & World, July 14]. However, I am concerned about his objections of Israel’s right to retaliate in force. Many so-called liberals (and I consider myself one) look at…More
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…More
Trudy Rubin can’t resist blaming both the Palestinians and Israel for the failure of the Oslo Accords [“If not two states, what?” Opinion, March 22]. The blame, however, rests solely with the Palestinians. Immediately after the agreement, Yasser Arafat reassured his Palestinian brethren in Arabic (and not in English) that they were not bound…More
Oxfam supports a boycott of SodaStream and would not allow its global ambassador, actress Scarlett Johansson, to do ads for the company [“Scarlett Johansson resigns from Oxfam over Israel flap,” Movies, Jan. 30].
SodaStream is the largest private employer of Palestinians in the West Bank. Palestinians, Druze and Jews work together in SodaStream’s West Bank factory and all workers receive health insurance and good pay. Unemployment is high among Palestinians in the West Bank, so workers say they appreciate their jobs, especially jobs that pay four or five times average pay in the area.More
I was glad to see The Seattle Times cover Scarlett Johansson’s choice of personal profit over human rights [“Scarlett Johansson resigns from Oxfam over Israel flap,” Movies, Jan. 30]. Johansson parted ways with humanitarian organization Oxfam in favor of her lucrative association with Israeli settlement-based company SodaStream. Her decision came on the heels of…More
On Jan. 11, The Times published an article [“Israel says it will build new homes in West Bank,” Nation & World] on the position of Israel’s Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog: that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu understands the need for a peace deal with the Palestinian Arabs, but does not have the guts…More
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.More
Move is constructive for relationship between U.S. and Middle East I join Americans of Turkish descent, members of the Pax Turcica Institute, to welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent apology and offer of compensation to Turkey for a mishandled Israeli military raid on the Mavi Marmara cruise ship in May 2010 [“Win for Obama: Israel,…More
Freezing Israeli settlements a path to peace In attacking President Obama’s demand for a settlement freeze by Israel [“Obama’s misguided approach to Israel,” Opinion, guest column, Sept. 4], Nevet Basker is either incredibly naive or supremely Machiavellian. She presents a simplistic version of what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to achieve. It’s not about adding a…More