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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…


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

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.


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.


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…


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…


Comments | Topics: Israel, Palestine, Stephen Hawking