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Incitement Underscores Palestinian Unwillingness To Make Peace

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Palestinian attitudes and values must change before the possibility of genuine peace emerges on the horizon. Successive U.S. presidents have ignored this and thereby helped prolong rather than shorten the conflict.

A U.S. policy that devises carrots and sticks to induce Palestinians to relinquish their war on Israel’s continued existence provides the best basis for future, fruitful negotiations.

Until then, we ignore Palestinian incitement at our peril.

Dr. Michael Goldblatt is national chairman of the board of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA); Dr. Daniel Mandel is director of the ZOA’s Center for Middle East.

About the Author: Dr. Michael Goldblatt is national chairman of the board of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA); Dr. Daniel Mandel is director of the ZOA's Center for Middle East.


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When Barack Obama entered the White House, he promised to make Israeli/Palestinian peacemaking his priority from “day one.” And, indeed, in his own way he did. He pressured Israel into freezing Jewish construction in the West Bank for ten months in a bid to entice the Palestinians to negotiate.

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