George Will's disservice to the Mideast peace process

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Regarding George F. Will's Aug. 26 op-ed column, "The Mideast mirage":

Mr. Will displayed a defiantly one-sided opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It seems that that he views only Israeli attempts at peace to be legitimate. He pointed out the examples of "West Bank Palestinian television incessantly inculcating anti-Semitism and the denial of Israel's right to exist," "cigarette lighters sold on the West Bank [that] show, when lit, the World Trade Center burning" and "a square [that] was recently named in the honor of Dalal Mughrabi," a terrorist.

These are clearly displays of hatred that must cease. But in vilifying one side of the conflict -- the Palestinians -- and victimizing the other -- the Israelis -- Mr. Will did a disservice to both. He refused to see the shades of gray in the situation. Hatred, anger and violence can, and have, come from both sides of the conflict. But so can peace, understanding and cooperation.

Mr. Will, and others like him who wish to see an easy game of bad guy-good guy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, do a disservice to what should be everyone's goal of peace in the Middle East.

Katherine Protil, Silver Spring

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