If Rev. [Raphael] Warnock is truly a disciple of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., he should be urging Mahmoud Abbas [president of the Palestinian Authority] to negotiate with Israel, with the understanding that Palestinian leaders, and not just Israel, will need to make compromises if peace is to be achieved. Rev. Warnock should be condemning Abbas’ inciting his people to “violently resist the occupation,” noting that, in signing the Oslo Accords, Israel did what no Arab state had done for the Arabs of Palestine: afford them the opportunity to live under the administration of leaders of their own choosing! And Rev. Warnock could chastise the Palestinian leaders for prioritizing efforts to destroy the nation-state of the Jews over efforts to build a state, co-existing with Israel, in which Palestinians could become productive citizens. In the best of all possible scenarios, Rev. Warnock would be calling on Palestinian leaders to grant citizenship to the Palestine refugees – people claiming descent from Arabs who fled Arab-initiated wars aimed at preventing Israel’s rebirth in the Jews’ ancestral homeland –rather than demanding that Israel take them in. To close on a really high note, Rev. Warnock could even remind everyone that Jewish Lives Matter too.
Toby F. Block, Atlanta