Sir, – Moshe Amirav (“Peace: The errors of the past,” Comment & Features, February 3) writes that UN Resolution 181 of 1947 “is still considered binding.”
Likewise Resolution 194, another General Assembly recommendation of no legal standing.
Worse, Amirav writes of the issues of the Temple Mount and “the refugee problem” as “such hot potatoes, it was thought advisable [at Camp David, July 2000] not to bring them up until all other problems were solved.”
He says “these issues jumped to the head of the queue” and, by implication, foiled the peace talks.
On the contrary, one of the key causes for the chronic failure of peace talks is the absence of dealing with Jerusalem and the Temple Mount first. These are the crux of the conflict, which has always been religious in nature. Unfortunately, negotiators for Israel are almost always non- and even anti-religious, and thus misperceive the conflict as “nationalist” when the Palestinian “nationality” has never been anything more than a hoax, a ruse and a smokescreen.
Peace will come when Islam undergoes a Reformation, an Enlightenment, and produces the equivalent of Nostra Aetate, the papal bull that came out of Vatican II and removed the deicide charge from the Jewish people.
It is Islam that denies Jews the right to freedom and independence, not a putatively Paleolithic “Palestinian” people.