Daily News

headline about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's landmark speech read,

"Netanyahu Sees Palestinian State - with Many Conditions."


Netanyahu affirmed Israel's longstanding position that Palestinian Arabs can have a state, but Palestine's Jews get to keep their state, too, which is called Israel. Arab refugees can make homes in Palestine, just as most of the 800,000 Jews who were made refugees when they fled from Arab lands came to live in Israel.

Jerusalem will remain, as it has been since 1967, a city where all people who call it holy can practice their religion freely, and borders will be negotiated that don't create more refugees, Jewish or Arab.

Newly minted Palestine will not be a source of hatred or violence against its neighbors, including Israel. What could be simpler than that for those who genuinely seek a peaceful future for their children?

John R. Cohn, Philadelphia