Letter: No easy task

Although David Kay makes some accurate points in his article “An Idea for Peace in the Middle East,” (Jan. 16, p. 4) his scope is myopic and he does not seem to understand the conflict in its entirety. I agree with Kay’s assessment of the illegitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, but he simplifies the process of their evacuation. Regardless of their provocative nature, it is not an easy task to evict a large number of people from their homes. A sudden evacuation of settlements is unrealistic and illogical. In addition to not being feasible, Israeli settlement withdrawal during a period of fighting implies that Palestinian-incited violence will yield positive results. There needs to be an end to violence originating from both sides before an action as significant as a settlement evacuation can take place.

-Scott Liftman

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