Sunday, August 27, 2006

NY Times letter 2002 December 18: A Mideast Wall

A Mideast Wall

To the Editor:

Re ''No Peace in Sight, Israelis Trust in a Wall'' (front page, Dec. 17):

To say Israel's construction of a security wall reflects, from the Palestinian viewpoint, ''clear and pure'' hate on Israel's part is to ignore history.

Israel offered more than 90 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians at Camp David. There was no hatred, only hope for peaceful coexistence. The Palestinians chose instead to start the present war.

The current situation, in which Israel needs a wall for its own safety, was not Israel's choice, but the Palestinians'.

Jerusalem, Dec. 17, 2002

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