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America Can Persuade Israel to Make a Just Peace (NY TIMES OPINION) By JIMMY CARTER ATLANTA 04/21/02)Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/opinion/21CART.html NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK TIMES Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
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America Can Persuade Israel to Make a Just Peace (NY TIMES OPINION) By JIMMY CARTER ATLANTA 04/21/02)

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[Par-5-Bias-Falsehood] Tragically, the policies of Mr. Sharon have greatly strengthened these criminal elements, enhanced their popular support, and encouraged misguided young men and women to sacrifice their own lives in attacking innocent Israeli citizens. The abhorrent suicide bombings are also counterproductive in that they discredit the Palestinian cause, help perpetuate the military occupation and destruction of villages, and obstruct efforts toward peace and justice. The situation is not hopeless. There is an ultimate avenue to peace in the implementation of United Nations resolutions, including Resolution 242, expressed most recently in the highly publicized proposal of Saudi Arabiaīs Crown Prince Abdullah. The basic premises of these resolutions are withdrawal of Israelis from Palestinian lands in exchange for full acceptance of Israel and Israelīs right to live in peace. This is a reasonable solution for many Israelis, having been accepted in 1978 by Prime Minister Menachem Begin and ratified by the Israeli Knesset. Egypt, offering the greatest threat to Israel, responded by establishing full diplomatic relations and honoring Israeli rights, including unimpeded use of the Suez canal. This set a pattern for what can and must be done by all other Arab nations. Through constructive negotiations, both sides can consider some modifications of the 1967 boundary lines.

Mr. Carter in your attempts to square a circle, you resort to misinformation and obfuscation of truth. You write that the premise of UN Resolution 242 is the “withdrawal of Israelis from Palestinian lands in exchange for full acceptance of Israel and Israelīs right to live in peace.” Nothing can be farther from the truth than this statement. The word “Palestinian” is not mentioned in the resolution. The term “Palestinian land” is not mentioned either. The resolution speaks about Israelīs rights “to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.” It speaks about future relations between the states that were part of the 1967 war. Neither a state by the name “Palestine” nor the “Palestinian people” existed at that time. So the Resolution could not possibly require Israel to withdraw from “Palestinian lands.”

[Par-9 Falsehood] I understand the extreme political sensitivity in America of using persuasion on the Israelis, but it is important to remember that none of the actions toward peace would involve an encroachment on the sovereign territory of Israel. They all involve lands of the Egyptians, Lebanese and Palestinians, as recognized by international law.

When you suggest “using persuasion on the Israelis”, you write that “none of the actions toward peace would involve an encroachment on the sovereign territory of Israel. They… involve lands of … Palestinians, as recognized by international law.” That is a blatant lie, Mr. Carter. The lands of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which you try to present as “Palestinian lands,” have never been recognized as “lands of Palestinians” by international law. They are disputed territories, the unallocated portion of the British mandate. These are the territories on which the Jews were given legal rights to settle by Article 6 of the Mandate. That right has never been revoked.

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Respectfully,
Boris Shusteff



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