To the Editor:
What your editorial ignores are the different efforts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convince the Palestinians to return to negotiations ("Palestinians and the U.N.," August 8).
First, against the wishes of many in his own party, he implemented a nine-month freeze on settlement expansion. To no avail. Palestinians refused to come to the table until the moratorium was just about over.
Then Netanyahu said: let's come to the table with no preconditions on either side while making clear in a Knesset speech that a Palestinian state, including most of the West Bank, was one major goal of negotiations. Again, nothing from the Palestinian side.
More recently, the Israeli Government reportedly has been suggesting that it could accept negotiations on the basis of the pre-1967 lines if the Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinians said no again.
Any step to avoid direct negotiations by the parties, whether a UN resolution or your idea of an imposed US-EU solution, will make things worse by taking away responsibility from Palestinian and Israeli leaders. The issue, as always, is to get the sides to negotiate in good faith an end to the conflict that will result in two states living side-by-side in peace and security.