3:00 PM EST, February 9, 2012
As we are faced with the imminent threat of Israel'sattacking Iran, pro-Israeli lobbying groups are putting pressure on President Barack Obama and the Congress to support such an attack.
Israel would attack in the name of protecting its security, but at the end of the day, her security lies in peace — a peace derived from a comprehensive and just settlement with the Palestinians. If that is done, including return of most of the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, then the chances of Israel living in peace with all her Islamic neighbors will be greatly improved. And further, such a peace settlement would take the wind out of the sails of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs in Iran. Their vitriolic tirades against Israel would likely diminish, but even if they continue, they would be unlikely to lead to attacks (nuclear or non-nuclear) on Israel.
It boils down to this: In spite of what our politicians and the media constantly remind us, the American people don't have a dog in this race, and we should not (and our economy should not) be held hostage by an Israel who refuses to provide substantive offers to the Palestinians that everyone knows will be necessary for a long-lasting agreement.
Andrew C. Mills, Lower Gwynedd, Pa.
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