Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Palestinians squandering their chances

The Palestinians have, since 1948, continuously squandered the opportunity for nationhood.

First, they rejected the UN partition plan of 1947, then 20 years later, after the Six-Day War, they, along with the united Arab command, pronounced the infamous three 'noes' in response to Israel's offer to negotiate 'everything' - no recognition of Israel, no negotiations and no peace.

Today, Israel has shown willingness to negotiate with even the most nefarious terrorist organisation - Hamas - in return for Gilad Shalit.

More than 1,000 Palestinians have been released; many are multiple-murderers who have been justly tried and sentenced.

Yet Israel has made this very painful concession. Deeds, not rhetoric, speak volumes.

ANDREW J SHAW

Belfast

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