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March 25, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Middle East peace: Palestinians did not uphold commitments

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…


0 Comments | More in Israel, Palestinians | Topics: Israel, John May, Oslo Accord

February 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

SodaStream does some real good in the West Bank

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.


0 Comments | More in Israel | Topics: Israel, Oxfam, Palestinians

February 4, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Retailers should remove SodaStream from inventories

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…


0 Comments | More in Israel | Topics: Eva Dale, Israel, Oxfam

January 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Israel-Palestinian peace deal: Israelis need more assurances

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…


0 Comments | More in Israel | Topics: Benjamin Netanyahu, Isaac Herzog, Israel

January 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Ariel Sharon: Focus on Gaza for peace

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.


0 Comments | More in Israel | Topics: Gaza, Israel, Palestine

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.


0 Comments | More in Foreign policy | Topics: Israel, Palestine

July 25, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Political ads on Metro buses

Ads are misleading The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) bus ads are misleading and untrue. [“Dueling bus ads reveal under-radar change in Metro’s policies,” page one, July 19.] The ads falsely assert that the Palestinian Authority is calling for “a Jew-free state.” Back in 2011, the Israeli prime minister declared that there will be a permanent presence…


0 Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: ad, afdi, american freedom defense initiative

May 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Stephen Hawking cancels conference in Israel

It wasn’t anti-Semitism Stephen Hawking canceled a conference hosted by the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, held for this June in order to show his support for the Palestinian cause [“Stephen Hawking won’t attend Israeli conference,, May 8]. His decision is not due to health concerns, as stated by Israeli supporters, but as a way to…


0 Comments | Topics: Israel, Palestine, Stephen Hawking