- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 31, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article “Jewish settlers to keep building” (World, Monday) describes how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected U.S. calls to freeze settlement growth in the occupied territories and establish a separate Palestinian state. Mr. Netanyahu opposes all of the elements that are necessary for any peace settlement. Instead, he prefers the status quo.

The whole world recognizes that Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories is the root cause of the violence in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the United States continues to be a lackey for Israel, giving it billions of dollars in military aid every year and defending its policies against its critics. Until American politicians demand an end to the Israeli occupation, there will never be peace in the Middle East.

RAY GORDON

Bel Air, Md.

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