Turki al-Faisal [“Why Palestinians need the U.N., op-ed, June 12] brought new meaning to the term “chutzpah” when he criticized President Obama for not demanding “the same rights to self-determination for Palestinians” that he suggested for the rest of the Arab world. I suggest Mr. al-Faisal focus on his native Saudi Arabia before demanding rights for others. I am unaware of the existence of any form of self-determination in the Saudi kingdom. Could it be that Mr. al-Faisal had a hand in limiting the rights of Saudi citizens when he ran that nation’s infamous, brutal intelligence service?
Warren H. Milberg, Annandale
We can now see the wisdom of the Nobel Committee in awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, because the committee knew the day would come when he would have the opportunity to “earn” it. That day is now. Turki al-Faisal’s June 12 op-ed outlined Mr. Obama’s opportunity.
Now is the time for Mr. Obama, on behalf of the America people, to do the right thing for Israel, the Palestinians, the Middle East and the rest of the world by voting for the Palestinians’ anticipated U.N. resolution. The current U.S.-Israeli approach is no longer workable.
Alfred L. Black Sr., Washington
Turki al-Faisal promised Israel full diplomatic recognition from the Arab world and all the Muslim states, an end to hostilities, and normal relations with all these states if Israel would withdraw from all occupied lands including East Jerusalem and reach a mutually agreed solution to the Palestinian refugees. Has Mr. Faisal consulted Hamas and Hezbollah on this promise? Clearly, Israel cannot go back to pre-1967 indefensible borders on empty promises.
Mr. Faisal indicates that Israel will face its “comeuppance” if it does not agree to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002. Perhaps, however, Israel is not ready to commit suicide by agreeing to such an “initiative.”
Jack Cooper, Silver Spring
Turki al-Faisal raised issues too long ignored in our media and Congress, namely, the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan based on U.N. Security Counsel Resolution 242. The problem has been and continues to be Israel’s illegal quest for land and settlement building at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian population.
Israel’s 1967 borders were certainly defensible when it launched its allegedly preemptive 1967 war. With Israel’s military superiority, those borders are more defensible today. But they need not be defensible if Israel seeks peace with justice for the Palestinians.
Edward Houry, Fairfax