Confrontation in the Mideast

George Ball speaks ("Peace for Israel Hinges on a State for Palestinians," Opinion, Jan. 17) more sense, intelligence and understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation than any or all of the presidential aspirants on either side that I have heard debate. Until the Israelis, Palestinians, and the independently chosen representatives agree to sit down at a United Nations-sponsored conference with all interested parties, the violence, latent or active, will not abate. The name calling on both sides--"terrorist" vs. "imperialist"--only exacerbates the situation.

Where are the voices in this country who could bring such an opportunity about? Sadly they are pitifully few and yet as Ball makes clear, this is where the process could begin.


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