Israel has power to make peace with Palestinians
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