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Netanyahu wins, peace process loses

The fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech before Congress was deeply offensive but it was not a deal-breaker. The fact that Mr. Netanyahu was reelected by the Israeli people with his last minute promise not to support the two state solution is a very clear deal breaker ("A costly victory," March 19).

He has broken faith and become a false prophet. Israel receives more foreign aid from the U.S. than any other country. This must surely change. Our country must recognize the Palestinian state. This recognition is long overdue. The Palestinian people have been robbed of their dignity for far too long. We have always heard of the very strong pro-Israel lobby in Washington. We need to listen to the strong American lobby which can no longer support Israel as that country has chosen to ignore the principles on which it was founded.

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As a taxpayer and a citizen, I hope that the Maryland Congressional delegation will lead the way in the rethinking our relationship with Israel as well as the countries in the region with repressive regimes. When Israel chooses new leaders with a new way of dealing with the recognition of Palestine as an independent state, we can renew our relationship. As of now, I see the relationship as seriously fractured requiring a completely new treatment plan.

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore

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