A Mid­dle East on fire

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Was French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius se­ri­ous when he warned that the Mid­dle East could be set “ablaze” if the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict is not re­solved soon [“France seeks big­ger role in Mideast,” news, June 22]? The Mid­dle East is al­ready ablaze. Over the past few years, more peo­ple have died in war­fare and ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the Mid­dle East than the to­tal num­ber of Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans who died in all war­fare and ter­ror­ist at­tacks dur­ing the past half-cen­tury.

Rel­a­tively speak­ing, one can con­sider Is­rael and Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries an oa­sis of peace within a blaz­ing re­gional con­flict that is out of con­trol and has noth­ing to do with Is­rael or the Pales­tini­ans. World lead­ers’ fo­cus on the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian dis­pute has led to the ne­glect of the more se­ri­ous con­flicts now rag­ing in the Mid­dle East.

Al­bert Ark­ing, Po­tomac

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