Illusion of peace
TO THE EDITOR: On July 20, 2013, I summed up my letter thus: “We hope the peace process does not end up in pursuit of an illusion.”
Nine months later, it is more of an illusion than reality. I will start with the post-six-day war. On Sept. 1, 1967, at an Arab summit held in Khartoum, eight heads of state came up with the famous three no’s: No peace with Israel, no negotiation with Israel, and no recognition of Israel.
Fast forward to March 9, when Arab foreign ministers held a summit in Cairo. They resolved never to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
On April 14, 2014, Baruch Mizrachi, a senior Israeli policeman, was driving his family to a Passover supper near Hebron when a gunman sprayed bullets to his car, fatally wounding him. His wife and child were gravely injured.
The reaction of the Palestinian prime minister? “This attack has brought back life to the path of resistance. More are coming.”
I was in Israel last September. I visited Jericho, and on my way back to Jerusalem, the taxi driver stopped the taxi in the middle of nowhere on the Jerusalem highway, and he threw me out. Only me among seven passengers. I am not Arab; all six other passengers were. This is despite the fact that Palestinian police had told him that I was a Kenyan tourist going back to Jerusalem.
Those are the partners negotiating peace with Israel. Good luck, John Kerry.
PETER HEHO KIRIGA
Saranac boys hockey
TO THE EDITOR: I would like to extend my gratitude to the American Legion Post 1619.
Thank you to the members, Sons of the Legion and the Legion Riders. Thanks to your generosity and support for the Saranac Hockey Program and Plattsburgh Youth Hockey team, which I assist in coaching, young men and women will continue to enjoy the sport.