I was joyous at news that a new nation had arrived in the world in 1948 with the birth of Israel. I have worked on Holocaust education, studied in Israel and been supportive of nation in which Jews are able to feel safe and secure. However, I also believe the essential concept of the new nation of Israel was that her twenty percent of people who are Muslim and Christian also had the right to feel safe and secure. From day one of the creation of Israel, among the most important issues has been emergence of a Muslim nation which would cooperate with Israel in establishing peace and security for all people in the region. Unfortunately, it has been decades since a Muslim leader has been willing to negotiate with Israel. However, the leader of Egypt in 1978, President Sadat, did agree with peace. However, the leaders of Jordan have worked for peace with Israel. And now, the leader of Palestine, President Abbas is willing to have peace.
President Abbas and his allies on the Security Council attempted to get a resolution passed which would require the end of Israel occupation of the West Bank within three years. It failed passage by one vote due to pressure exerted upon Nigeria by the US and Israel. So, if not now the end of occupation, then when? A nation that has as its Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is not ready to move toward peace for itself or the region. It is time to end the occupation of the West Bank and fight the good battle for peace and justice for ALL people in the West Bank.