Regarding the editorial "Clarifying Moment: Israel Needs to Show It Is Serious About Negotiations" (March 18): The PG has it wrong. Before 1967, Jews were not allowed to visit their holy sites in the Jordanian territories. Only after Israel won the Six Day War, where all of the Arab countries attacked Israel, and Israel won, were all religious sites opened for everyone.
After 1967 Arabs were permitted to visit their holy sites in Jerusalem. Look at what happened after Israel returned Gaza. Was there peace? No. If the Israelis return parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians, as they are demanding, will the Jews be allowed to visit their holy sites? I'm willing to bet 1,000 percent they won't.
Have the Palestinians ever shown that they are willing to give up something for peace? Now that the Arabs have been given a Jewish community in Gaza (the Israeli government evicted the observant Jewish community out of Gaza to give it to the Palestinians to achieve peace), the Arabs have not built or maintained the existing buildings or infrastructure, but rather, ruined them and turned the area into a slum, and it did not achieve peace for even a moment.
I seriously doubt that the Arabs or the Palestinians really want a peace accord with Israel. All they really want is for Israel to disappear along with the Jewish people who live there. Now you tell me who needs to be serious about the negotiations, not the Israelis, but the Palestinians.