April 4, 2008

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Story wrong to blame U.S. and Israel for failure in Middle East peace process

I strongly disagree with the Catholic News Service article in the March 7 issue of The Criterion citing Israeli Catholic analyst Wadie Abunasser, who blames the U.S. and Israel for the failure of the Middle East peace process.

I especially took issue with Abunasser’s statement, “There is a lack of good American understanding of the reality and mentality of the region.”

Abunasser fails to place the blame where it belongs. The blame solely belongs on the radical Arabs who will not even concede that Israel should exist.

Hamas deliberately sends mortars and rockets into Israel from a civilian area then Israel retaliates and innocent women and children are killed or injured.

What do you think would happen if one of our neighbor countries sent mortars or rockets into our cities? We would destroy the area that the mortars came from! Israel has the right to defend itself!

It’s impossible to make peace if the Arabs don’t want peace. All that is necessary is for the Arabs to stop shelling Israeli cities.

A one-sided article like the above that places the blame solely on Israel is unfair and false. It’s just propaganda for the radical Arabs.

- Martin Lyles, Indianapolis

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