The Sun reports (“Bid for statehood may end; Possible deal delays U.N. debate, retains aid to Palestinians,” September 21) that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “decided to approach the U.N. this year [for statehood recognition] because of his frustration that after nearly two decades of U.S.-led negotiations, the long-promised separate Palestinian state had not materialized.” That’s one way of putting it, but it’s Palestinian spin.
It’s Palestinian rejectionism that has frustrated U.S. diplomacy.
If anyone should be frustrated, it’s the United States and Israel. And there is no long-standing promise of a separate Palestinian state, not outside a negotiated end to the conflict that recognizes, according to U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, Israel’s “right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries.”
Eric Rozenman, Washington
The writer is Washington director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.