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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
New York Metro
January 28, 2004
Reaction to article on Israel and Palestine which failed to mention the Geneva Accord
I read Craig Horowitz's article on the prospects for peace in Israel/Palestine with increasing sadness and frustration. First, he writes as if nothing new has happened since Camp David. He repeats the standard litany of lies and half-truths about the inability to negotiate with the Palestinians, and completely ignores the Geneva Accord or the Ayalon-Nusseibeh Principles, which show that there is something to talk about and someone with whom to talk. Instead, he gives his attention almost exclusively to the self-labeled arrogant (and rightly so) right-wing security analyst, Dan Schuetan, many of whose claims go completely unquestioned and unchallenged, including the racist remark, "The Arabs do hate us, and they do want to kill each and every one of our children." "The Arabs"? You mean, all of them? You mean the likes of Sari Nusseibeh, Yasser Abed Rabbo, and the other brave Palestinian moderates who have and continue to negotiate in good faith with Israelis who recognize that Sharon has been a disaster for Israel, for the future of the Jewish state, and, yes, for its security? Yes, Hamas and the other militant groups are a reality, but they in no way can stand proxy for "the Arabs."
Second, Horowitz tries to give his article an air of balance, by quoting Yossi Alpher a couple of times, but Alpher isn't given any space to respond to the dogmatic "certainties" of Schueftan. If he truly wants to write a balanced piece about the possibilities of peace in Israel/Palestine, then Horowitz should also take time to interview Ami Ayalon, Yossi Beilin, Amram Mitzna, or Avraham Burg, all sensitive caring Israelis committed to both security and peace, and who see the so-called security fence as a land-grab that will make Israel, less, not more, secure.
Philip W. Bennett
[Appeared in the March 1, 2004 issue]
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