Israel and Palestine

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Richard B. Sobol wrote to correct the record concerning Israel and the Palestinian situation.

He states “[p]rogress in resolving the stalemate between the Israelis and the Palestinians would be easier if the historical facts were distinguished from the positions of the parties.”

He points out that the record asserted by a reviewer of the work of Gershom Gorenberg, author of “The Unmaking of Israel,” must be corrected: First, the Israeli action at the start of the Six Day War was “pre-emptive.” Second, the “oft-made claim that the Palestinians unreasonably rejected an ‘equitable arrangement’ at Camp David has been described . . . as a ‘myth’ in “The Truth About Camp David,” a book based on firsthand accounts of participants.’

These are important facts.

If acknowledged, they will help in an understanding, and possible resolution, of the Palestine — Israel conflict.

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