In recent days, this newspaper among others, as well as the electronic media, have carried stories, editorials and cartoons in response to the events on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. By means of their precise emphases, these stories, and, in particular, The Times editorial of Dec. 24, have sought to exclusively place responsibility for the unrest on Israeli authorities. Indeed, the tragedy of the loss of life should and must be addressed. These riots reflect the general frustration of residents in these areas and the absence of any progress toward peace in the Middle East.
The Times has singularly defined the problem as the "failure of the State of Israel." It should be noted that during the 20 years of Arab governance over these territories, no constructive economic or political initiatives were introduced. The Times further has sought to explain that the "hopelessness," as demonstrated by these riots, rests on the "inability" of Israel to establish goals for itself. For Israel, the goal of peace has always been and remains a constant.
During the course of the past 40 years, only Egypt has stepped forward to join the process of establishing a peaceful relationship with Israel. The process launched at Camp David has gone unfulfilled, as other Arab states have refused to pursue a similar course.