August 1, 2013 8:43 pm

Only two options at the peace talks

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From Mr Guy Wroble.

Sir, Your description of events in “Israel and Palestinians agree to start talks within two weeks” (July 31) gives every indication that the negotiators will again be bogged down by minutiae and stymied by detail. This is the optimistic outlook.

The position of Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, ought to be that the Israelis must grant either full citizenship rights to Palestinians within a unitary state whose borders match mandatory Palestine (1922), or a fully sovereign Palestinian state beyond the green line in the West Bank and Gaza. This would have clarity of purpose and morality while cutting to the core of the issue.

If Israeli negotiators, at this point, are unprepared to accept either of these positions there really is no point in talking. An ultimate resolution will come down to one of these two choices.

Guy Wroble, Denver, CO, US

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