|MAP Member Opinion "Peace"|
Stand by Israel With "Tough Love"
In Short Cuts, Sunday, July 11, p. AA3, Bill Clington quotes his pastor
and mentor, Dr. W. O. Vaught telling him, "God will never
Rather than unconditional support for all its policies, I strongly suggest that Israel needs tough love from the USA. We ought to insist that Israel work with the various peace initiatives that have been offered, including the Saudi proposal accepted by the Arab League of April 2002, in which all 22 nations of the Arab League would normalize relations with Israel in return for its compliance with UN resolutions 242, 338 and others related to ending the occupation of Palestinian land. AND/or the Geneva Accord, negotiated by Israelis and Palestinians in 2003. I strongly suggest that the US no longer stand with Israel against the international community by vetoing UN resolutions that call on Israel to act in accordance with international law and conventions, such as the Geneva Conventions to which Israel is signatory. This also applies to the decision of the World Court that the separation barrier built on Palestinian land is illegal.
The best thing we can do is convince Israel that it will be more secure,
not less, when it acts justly toward the Palestinians There
Furthermore, another bit of reality: if the government of Israel continues
its current policies of land confiscation, a viable
This is how I think the US should stand by Israel.
Florence Steichen, retired educator,