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Settlement policy makes Israel a troublesome ally

Your article "Israel approves new east Jerusalem housing" (Aug.12) shows once again that Israel is more interested in stealing Palestinian land than in a peace settlement with the Palestinians.

Israel has been brutally oppressing the Palestinians for more than 40 years through an occupation that includes land and water thefts, home demolitions, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, torture and daily settler violence against unarmed Palestinians.

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For these reasons, the United States should support Palestinian statehood when it comes up at the U.N. General Assembly in September. We should also end the wasteful $3 billion in military aid that we give to Israel every year.

This would not only help to bring peace to the Middle East, but also make our country more secure from terrorist threats.

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Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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