The cold-blooded and planned murder of four rabbis, three American and one British, in West Jerusalem by Palestinian Arabs was celebrated both in Gaza and the West Bank ("Tragedy in Jerusalem," Nov. 19). This demonstrates that there can be no permanent nor true peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, under pressure from the U.S., condemned the murders, he chose to lay the blame equally on Israel for so-called provocative actions. As usual, all other Palestinian Arab leaders in the West Bank and Gaza congratulated the murderers for their "heroic" actions. Even in Jordan, the legislature observed one moment of silence out of respect and in memory for the murderers, condoning their actions.

President Barack Obama, while condemning the murders, was no less useful when he essentially told Israel that the crimes committed by Palestinian Arabs required a return to negotiations to establish a Palestinian state. What type of state will that be when it sponsors terror, lauds murder of innocent Israelis and continues to call for the destruction of the Jewish nation? By their recent actions and encouragement of terror, the Palestinian leaders and their followers have shown that they do not deserve statehood.

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Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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