A recent article about the Arab-Israeli peace process could not be further from the truth when it talked about the "continued commitment of both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders" ("Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks 'closer than we have been in years,'" Dec.7).

In fact, the talks are a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians — today or ever. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land until there is nothing left.

Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful lobby, so nothing will change.

We should give Israel an ultimatum: Either agree to a just, two-state peace settlement, based on pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, or the U.S. will end all financial, military and diplomatic aid to Israel.

There would be peace in one month because Israel would quickly become a Third-World country without U.S. support. This would help to bring peace and stability to the Middle East.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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