Muddled Mideast history

Your editorial "Muddled Middle East" (April 22) gave your newspaper's general muddled opinion that every problem in the Middle East is Israel's fault and could be resolved by Israel giving away land and resources to the Palestinians — who have never kept an agreement and now refuse to even negotiate with Israel.

Meanwhile, the Palestinians continue to promote violence and hatred in their communities, even to the point of honoring those who brutally murdered an Israeli family with young children in a West Bank settlement.

Also, you need to do some fact-checking when you present history. The meeting at Camp David that concluded in 1979 was between U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat — not the Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat.

Maybe when you get your history correct, you will better understand that Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, is constantly seeking peace — if only it had a partner on the Palestinian side that also valued peace.

In the entire region, it is only Israel that holds the American and Western values of peace dear.

Sheldon Berman, Owings Mills

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