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Critics ignore real problems of Middle East

Published 21/05/2011 | 10:24

Palestinians protest near the Jordanian-Israeli border on May 15
Palestinians protest near the Jordanian-Israeli border on May 15

I enjoyed reading Robert Fisk's op-ed (Irish Independent, May 17). By any standards of intellectual confusion it was a very humorous piece.

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He seems to be thrilled at the prospect of a new anti-Israel Arab front -- as if more hatred is the solution to the problems of the Middle East.

He lays blame for the stagnation of the peace process entirely at Israel's door. He blames, with depressing familiarity, 'the settlements' -- again, ignoring the fact that Jewish settlements in the West Bank comprise of less than 2pc of the territory. He also ignores Israel's repeated assertions that it is open to compromise with the Palestinians, through negotiations and without preconditions.

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