I read “Former Israeli and US officials unveil two security-based proposals for two-state solution” (June 5) and was very impressed by the knowledge and wisdom of those involved.
The key insight some of the former officials provide was summed up in the following: “[IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amnon] Reshef stressed that military action and security measures are not enough to defeat terrorism. ‘It should be combined with helping the relevant Palestinians, whether they are in the West Bank, Jerusalem or Gaza, to improve their standards of living, provide them with a kind of hope,’ he said.”
I am sure that Reshef and the others left out some information that might explain why Palestinian hopes for killing all Jews will be ameliorated by the proposed Israeli benevolence. Maybe they can explain why, with all the aid the world has provided to the Gaza Strip, its residents think the best thing to do is build tunnels into Israel in anticipation of the next attack, and why thousands are killed worldwide by those seeking to satisfy Allah and Mohammad.
I hope the current members of the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Mossad and police force have other ideas on how to achieve peace.
PHILIP BRIEFF Jerusalem