In his March 20 op-ed column, “No peace in our time,” Charles Krauthammer claimed that Palestinians have rejected “three astonishingly concessionary peace offers” from Israel in 15 years. There were no written offers.
The Palestine Liberation Organization explicitly accepted a Palestinian state in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. This is 22 percent of historical Palestine. To this day, Israel refuses to accept this position and seeks to dissect and swallow up parts of those areas.
Contrary to Mr. Krauthammer’s claims, Palestinians have shown a great deal of responsibility and capacity in fostering the rule of law in the areas they control. The testimony of U.S. security officials to Congress confirms such.
Moreover, the allegation that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is deliberately avoiding elections is baseless; Mr. Abbas renewed the call for elections weeks before Mr. Krauthammer’s column.
Mr. Krauthammer’s contention that treaties and agreements would not promote stability and security is absurd. The alternative would be chaos in the international order. Prolonging the status quo of occupation is no recipe for peace. Permanent peace will be achieved only when Israeli occupation ends and Israel and its supporters exchange warmongering with respect for international law, treaties and human rights.
Maen Rashid Areikat, Washington
The writer is chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization delegation to the United States.