Lavinia Moore (SA) responds to “Middle East optimism as rivals restart talks” Adelaide Advertiser, 3Sep10 September 3, 2010

I refer to your article on page 48 “Middle east optimism as rivals restart talks”

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

I too believe that we cannot give rights to one person and then deny them to the next: and we cannot choose who is to be permitted rights under the rule of law or who conversely is to be permitted to ignore the rule of law.

Peace, like justice, either exists with equal benefits for all, or it does not exist. There is no such thing as a part-peace: and there is no such state as being partly free.

The so-called peace process of the past has ignored these truths. Israel has benefitted over time because the talks have “failed”. The current farcical peace negotiations are expected to produce the same result.

The reasons are obvious. The mediator is not neutral. A man who is not democratically elected to be the representative of the Palestinian people pretends he is and the leader of Israel who now says he wants peace has no intention of obeying international law by, for example, restoring East Jerusalem to the Palestinians and generally according the Palestinian people a just outcome.

Another quote sums up my feelings on the matter.
“Your freedom and mine cannot be separated”. (Mandela)


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