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Israel's Netanyahu

September 22, 1996

Who should speak for the Israelis, the Israeli citizens or those outsiders whose interest is profit? Although Stanley P. Gold, an American CEO, in "When Lack of Peace Become Too Costly" (Commentary, Sept. 6), felt it would be presumptuous for him, an American businessman, to suggest specific moves to sustain the peace process, disclaimers notwithstanding, his article leaves no doubt just where his vested interests lie.

The Israeli electorate, by electing Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, has made its own decision in a democratic process about in whose hands it has the most confidence of how its peace process should be managed.

Judgment of what risks are necessary for peace should be left in the hands of the Israeli electorate, not an outsider 7,000-8,000 miles away. Israel has earned the right to defend itself. Israel's survivors of the Holocaust are aware of what it is like to allow their fate to be decided by outsiders who left them in their time of deepest peril. Let the Israeli electorate speak for itself.

ARTHUR J. SCHECHTER

Ventura

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