Palestinians inspect the rubble of destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City. File Picture: REUTERS
Palestinians inspect the rubble of destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City. File Picture: REUTERS

I know replying to a reply is usually considered bad form and risks boring readers, but I would appreciate the opportunity to point out that your correspondent Julian Denny draws a conclusion from a false premise (Netanyahu offers nothing, July 10). The false premise is that Israel "wrecked the peace process and obstructed the resumption thereof".

History is clear and any amount of propaganda or revision cannot change the fact that the Palestinians have always been and continue to be the obstructionists. Consider refusing the offers of a state by the UN in 1947, during the Israel-Egypt peace talks in 1979, at Camp David in 2000, from Ehud Olmert in 2008 and the John Kerry plan in December 2016. Even now, the Palestinian position is that they won’t negotiate unless preconditions (designed to be rejected) are met, these being the return of millions of so-called refugees who would outnumber Israeli citizens, and a return to the indefensible borders of 1967.

As long as Palestinians speak in English of their desire for a two-state solution, but in Arabic of "liberating the whole of Palestine" (meaning Israel), Israel is entitled to be cautious.

Sydney KayeCape Town

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