In your January 16 editorial, after hailing the Israeli-Palestinian agreement on Hebron, you aligned yourself with the Israeli position. Talking about security you said that it "is critical for 450 Israeli settlers" ignoring that the Palestinians living in Hebron are also concerned about security. How quickly one forgets Goldstein who killed Palestinians in prayer and Freedman who fired indiscriminately on civilians. Those Jewish settlers can very well be a source of all kinds of terrorist actions.
Then you said that "Netanyahu's distrust (of Arafat) is not misplaced" ignoring once again Israel's failure to live up to its commitments under Oslo Agreements, such as: releasing women prisoners; undertaking new settlements in violation of its pledge in Oslo II not to "initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip pending the outcome of permanent status negotiations"; unilaterally destroying buildings and confiscating land in East Jerusalem; failing to provide for a corridor to connect the West Bank with Gaza, etc. And how about Rabin's statement that the dates mentioned in the agreements are not sacred? It is Israeli leaders who are not trustworthy.
A little bit of evenhandedness will not hurt, or is Israel one of those untouchables
January 27, 1997