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Israel's turn

August 13, 2009

Re "Abbas reelected head of Fatah," Aug. 9

Mahmoud Abbas' reelection as head of Fatah and thus the Palestinian Authority demonstrates the Palestinians' commitment to a negotiated peace with Israel. The ball is now in Israel's court to respond in kind. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must freeze settlement expansion, remove checkpoints and roadblocks not on the Israel-Palestine border and end restriction of commerce into the Gaza Strip.

If the Israeli government does not move forward, the Obama administration must explain to the Israeli government why doing so is in its best interest.

Jeff Warner

La Habra Heights

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