Letter to the Editor: Julia Lutch
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Letter to the Editor: Julia Lutch

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Letter to the editor,

UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash stated that when a normalization agreement with Israel is signed, “Abu Dhabi will have its embassy in Tel Aviv based on international consensus to a two-state solution. The embassy will be in Tel Aviv. This is very clear,” he said.

Asked about achievements reached in the deal, Gargash said, ‘The most concrete achievement was to stop the annexation of Palestinian lands” and he reiterated UAE’s commitment to a two-state solution.

Perhaps we would do well to recall the words of Anwar Sadat: “Poor Menachem, he has his problems. … After all, I got back … the Sinai and the Alma oil fields, and what has Menachem got? A piece of paper.”

There is also this, from an interview with Sadat in the Egyptian newspaper Al Anwar on June 22, 1975:

“The Zionist conquest to which we are being subjected will not be terminated by the return of the occupied territories. … The effort of our generation is to return to the 1967 borders. Afterward the next generation will carry the responsibility.”

History suggests we might reasonably question whether it is sound policy “to make concrete, and probably irreversible, concessions in exchange for gestures and unenforceable promises.”

Julia Lutch, Davis, Calif

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