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Middle East peace talks a waste of time

Shimon Peres died this week in Jerusalem at 93. The former Israeli president suffered a stroke two weeks ago.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, 70 countries met in Paris to chew again the Israeli-Palestinians conflict and the "two state solution" ("Paris draft: 2 state solution best for Israel, Palestinians," Jan. 13). Why is there such an obsession to discuss this conflict when, in fact, there are numerous other urgent crises in the world and the right conditions to promote such peace are lacking? Israelis view this attempt as another anti-Israel gathering. Meanwhile, the U.S. is in a political transition and the Palestinians refuse to accept the Jewish state.

Consider the fact that Israel is surrounded by many enemies. A creation of another hostile Muslim state can pose another threat to the Jewish state's security and its existence. Keep in mind the Palestinians terrorized the Jewish state years before the 1967 war in which Israel occupied the West Bank from Jordan. The reason for their terrorism was not and is not "occupation" nor "settlement."

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Because of their belief that it is possible to eliminate the Jewish state and thus get the entire state of Israel, the Palestinians turned down several peace offers that Israel proposed. This belief is embraced by UNRWA and other Arab courtiers who have kept refugee camps within their borders for several decades instead of helping the refuges to integrate into their country.

The growth of radical Islam and ISIS' ideology and activities are rapidly developing in the region. Iran is deeply involved and not for a good cause. Palestinians have not changed their agenda from a desire to destroy Israel and kill all Jews to instead work toward building a secure and thriving future for Palestinians. The Palestinians have been glorifying suicide bombers, car ramming, individual terror knife attacks against Jews and building terror tunnels. The Palestinians and their supporters have marched on college campuses around the world, chanting: "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." They have aggressively campaigned to boycott Israel and purposely delegitimize the Jewish state. Their leaders did not invest the generous funds they receive from the international community to boost their economy and reform an education system that promotes hate and violence.

If anything, the summit can provide an opportunity and demand that Palestinians ban violence and embrace Israel and learn how to build strong economy, develop sophisticated technology, improve and enjoy health and education systems and build the kind of sustainable independence that can build a good foundation for their own state.

Ziva Giliya, Timonium

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