Is­rael has power to make peace with Pales­tini­ans

The Mercury News - - Opinion -

Imag­ine the Oak­land Raiders com­plain­ing that the ref­er­ees of the Na­tional Foot­ball League are pick­ing on them be­cause of all the penal­ties levied against them for pass in­ter­fer­ence, etc., even though they had com­mit­ted the fouls. That’s like Is­rael blam­ing the United Na­tions for pick­ing on them be­cause of the nu­mer­ous res­o­lu­tions against them through the years — even though the res­o­lu­tions are for the vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights, con­fis­ca­tion of Pales­tinian land, and il­le­gal set­tle­ments in the West Bank and Arab Jerusalem.

It’s about time the United States ob­jected to those set­tle­ments. Mem­bers of the United Na­tions cheered the vote not from prej­u­dice but from a sense of justice long-de­nied. Sec­re­tary John Kerry’s de­fense of the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion was rea­son­able. Is­rael has the power to make a se­cure peace with the Pales­tini­ans. If that hap­pens a lot of anger to­ward Is­rael will end, and both Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans can stop liv­ing in fear. That would be a gift to the en­tire world.

Rev. Ernest W. Cock­rell Epis­co­pal Priest, San Jose

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