Saturday, March 31, 2007

Applying the golden rule

Herbert C. Kelman

The Boston Globe
Friday, March 30, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts:

An early return to the Middle East negotiating table is not a favor to the Palestinians, but an urgent requirement for protecting the vital interests of both Palestinians and Israelis.

That is because the long-term survival of Israel as a Jewish-majority state, giving political expression to the national identity of the Jewish people, depends on negotiating a fair two-state solution that establishes an independent, viable Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Herbert C. Kelman is professor emeritus of social ethics and co-chairman of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard University.

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