Letters to the Editor

US should disengage from Palestine, Israel

The United States should disengage from all negotiations ongoing, and any contemplated for the future, between the Palestinians and Israel. Our involvement in these negotiations has only resulted in bitter Muslim resentment, throughout the Middle East, towards our government and all Americans. This Muslim bitterness is caused by their fervent conviction that we haven’t been, and are not, fair and even-handed in our treatment of the two parties in this 65-year dispute. Palestinians and the Arab world are convinced of this American bias because of the demanding and pervasive influence of the American-Jewish lobby.

It is impossible to imagine that an American Muslim would ever be considered, or appointed, as “special envoy” to attempt a resolution of the dispute. Yet, Donald Trump has chosen his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is without any prior experience, to undertake this arduous task. In the meantime the Israelis just snicker and keep building homes and villages on land that was seized in the 1967 war.

I don’t believe our continued attempts to broker a settlement are in the best interests of the U.S. Were we to declare that we would no longer be involved in the dispute, we would accrue significant advantage and prestige throughout the Arab world and would undoubtedly substantially reduce our exposure to the threat of terrorism. The Israelis are capable of defending themselves, and we would continue to be a supporter of theirs in any future conflict. The American-Jewish lobby would oppose such a move, but so be it.

Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon