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Israel Letter Was Unfair

I am outraged by a letter that appeared in The Tech's Oct. 1 issue, suggesting that Israel is not putting in a fair share of effort and sacrifice to make peace a reality in the Middle East ["Israel Must Accept Equality In Peace Accord.," Rima Askalan G].

I think that it is fair to say that a state can not enter into a peace agreement that does not provide some kind of real guarantees of security for its own citizens. Peace without security is meaningless. During the Cold War, would the United States have signed a treaty with the USSR in which the Soviets promised to "play fair" provided the United States unilaterally got rid of all of its nuclear weapons?

Until last year, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's charter held a clause that stated that its ultimate goal was the complete destruction of the Jewish state in Palestine. That clause was removed under heavy pressure from the Clinton administration when the Labor government of Israel stated unequivocally that it would not continue the peace talks otherwise.

Israel holds the land it does today because otherwise the state of Israel will be militarily indefensible.

Alexander Reznik G