181. ARABS AND ISRAELIS

To the Editor of the New York Times
Re “Rendezvous at Camp David” (New York Times editorial, July 6)

   Resolution of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians will not bring peace in the Middle East. That dispute is not the “central conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors.”

   The central conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors is their refusal to accept the existence of Israel and their obsessive desire to destroy the Jewish state. Even the establishment of a Palestinian state will not diminish the hatred that Arabs have toward Israel and their continuing longing to see a Middle East without a “Zionist entity.”

Lawrence H. Zisman
East Windsor, N.J., July 6, 2000 (printed on July 10)
 

REPLY

   Lawrence Zisman complains that Israel’s Arab neighbors “refuse to accept the existence of Israel.” He considers this to be the “central conflict” in the Middle East, not the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians (July 10 letter).

   Mr. Zisman puts the cart before the horse. Israel has first to accept, honestly and contritely, responsibility for the theft of the Palestinians’ homes and lands, compensate them and pay reparation. Then, he can check if they still have the “obsessive desire to destroy the Jewish state.”

Medhat Credi