As evidence of the Palestinians' reluctance to make peace with Israel, letter writer Michael Langbaum says that they "cannot even agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state" ("Sharon's strategy didn't work," Jan. 20).

But why should Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state when less than 80 percent of Israel's population is of Jewish heritage? A far greater proportion of Americans have Christian antecedents. Is Mr. Langbaum willing, for that reason, to recognize that the U.S. is a "Christian" nation?

Paul Romney, Idlewylde

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