YP Letters: Palestinians must renounce all terror tactics

An Israeli army soldier covers his face for protection as he walks through during clashes with Palestinian protesters. When will the bloodshed in the Middle East be halted?
An Israeli army soldier covers his face for protection as he walks through during clashes with Palestinian protesters. When will the bloodshed in the Middle East be halted?
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From: Cecil Crinnion, Sycamore Close, Slingsby, York.

THE Palestinian leadership have never tried giving up acts of terrorism in their hope of creating a homeland. Israel has stated many times that it will not negotiate until the Palestinian leaders renounce terrorism.

This strategy has achieved nothing to advance the Palestinian cause, but it justifies acts of retaliation by the state of Israel, judged by some to be very disproportionate and judged by others as not going far enough.

The key word here is ‘retaliation’. Both sides in this conflict have been suffering for years and years.

Israel is a country recognised by the United Nations. Surely the Palestinian leadership – after years of struggle, war and suffering – must realise that going back to the borders and a time before 1939 is never, ever going to happen?

The Palestinian government should stop terrorism, and recognise the fact that Israel exists. However painful the past, it should be forgotten – nothing can change it.

What should really matter to the Israeli and Palestinian people is their future.

How much better life in both countries would be if the huge amounts of money used to inflict pain and damage on each other was spent instead for the benefit of all the people.