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Israel should walk out of peace talks

For Israel the peace talks offer little hope ("Israeli-Palestinian talks merit guarded pessimism," July 31). The U.S. is putting pressure on Israel for concessions even prior to serious negotiations, without demanding anything in return from the Palestinians.

The absurdity and the one-sidedness of the so-called peace negotiations can be shown by Israel having to release first, without any reciprocity from the Palestinian negotiators, 104 Palestinian murderers of women, children and babies.

At the same time, while negotiations are in progress, Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority, issued an inflammatory statement from Egypt that concluded that no peace is achievable until Israel removes 650,000 Israelis from areas outside of pre-1967 temporary armistice lines — ignoring that the 1967 war was defensive for Israel as its Arab neighbors threatened to destroy it.

To exacerbate the situation, Mr. Abbas demanded that not one Jew be allowed to live in this new Palestinian territory and that any international peace force should be restricted to Syria, Lebanon and the Sinai. This is obviously intended to allow continuing terrorist attacks against Israel from the new Palestinian state.

Any delegation in its right mind would have walked out of the negotiations. Israel should have done so.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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