The problems for Middle East peace

To the editor: Your editorial frames the diplomatic challenges well. It seems logical that a meaningful pact between Israel and the West Bank, including no new settlements, would allow Palestinians in the West Bank the chance to build an independent society and would give Israel some security on that front.  (Re “What’s next for Gaza,” Editorial, Aug. 27)   However, as long as Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, and as long as Hamas puts Gazan civilians’ lives at risk as the central pillar of its military strategy, peace on that front seems impossible. That is the core dilemma, or perhaps folly, of the peace process. Jonathan M....