- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

How can there be any meaningful negotiations between representatives of the Palestinian Authority and Israeli leaders when the rank and file of the Arab side refuse to recognize the existence of the Holocaust as well as the Hebrew Bible, which cites the history and the religious practices of Jews and their presence in the Holy Land for three millennia?

Hamas’ denial of the Holocaust has reached the peak of outrage as far as civilized people are concerned (“Hamas and the Holocaust,” Editorial, Sept. 8). Unfortunately, the recent actions of Hamas in Gaza represent only the tip of the iceberg in the deep-seated hatred of the Palestinian Arabs who want to continue their efforts to destroy Israel and the Jewish state.

Unless there is a change not only in the attitude of the leaders of the Palestinian Authority but also in the hate-filled lessons taught in their school system, there can be no peace in the region. Any negotiations where Israel makes concessions in exchange for words of false encouragement will only lead to disaster for the Jewish nation.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring

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