The Rev. James W. Dale suggests that "The harder way, I believe, is the way of continuing to demand that both sides must come to the table if there is ever to be a lasting peace with justice" ("Choosing to stay engaged," May 4). This in contrast to pressuring Israel through divestment from Israeli companies profiting from the occupation.
Unfortunately, the Palestinians have endured many, many years of "coming to the table," with the only result being more and more confiscation of their land and water resources. It is during these many "peace processes" that Israel has been the most aggressive in increasing settlements in Palestinian territory. When power is so extremely asymmetrical, there can be no justice coming from such talks.
It should be obvious by now that Israel never has, and never will (without some provocation) agree to a viable contiguous Palestinian state. From the very beginning, Zionist leaders have had in mind taking all of Palestine. "We must expel the Arabs and take their places," to quote Ben Gurion, the "founder of Israel," according to "Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs," Oxford University Press, 1985. Each succeeding prime minister (with the possible exception of Yitzhak Rabin), including Benjamin Netanyahu, has adhered faithfully to this precept.
"What renders Israel's abuses unique throughout the world is the relentless effort to justify that which cannot be justified," wrote Norman G. Finkelstein in "Beyond Chutzpah." Israel continues to cling to the role of "victim" even though it is so obviously the brutal oppressor. It is time to think in terms of a bi-national state with the same rights and privileges for all.
Doris Rausch, ColumbiaCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun