Like most such dialogues, the recent discussions about Israel and Palestine at the U.N. ignore international treaty law ("Bid for statehood may end," Sept. 21).

Jews were given legal and political rights to what is now called Palestine in 1920, when the four principal allied powers of World War I — Great Britain, France,Italy and Japan — formalized the Balfour Declaration at San Remo, Italy.

Arab representatives agreed to this in exchange for recognition of their territorial claims in Mesopotamia and elsewhere.

The WW I allies, the Supreme Council of Nations, became the forerunner of the League of Nations and the U.N. As researcher Jacques Gauthier has shown in his exhaustive, 20-year study of the issue, the San Remo treaty still stands regardless of later international resolutions.

Charles Clough, Bel Air