The article, "Israeli leader accuses terrorists of kidnapping 3 teens" (June 15), describes remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concerning a recent event that took place in the West Bank. According to Mr. Netanyahu, anyone or any group who opposes and resists Israel's brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians is a terrorist.

He conveniently ignores the fact that for over 45 years Israel has been stealing Palestinian land, water and natural resources, demolishing their homes, assassinating their leaders, engaging in mass arrests children and maintaining a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza.

The U.S. should give Israel an ultimatum: Either agree to a just two-state peace settlement with the Palestinians or we end all financial, military and diplomatic aid to Israel. This would benefit all sides in this conflict.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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