Jeremy Moodey, CEO of the group Embrace the Middle East, notes ("Are we any nearer peace in Israel -Palestine", March 10) that in 1981, American President Ronald Regan launched a peace plan with him quoting Romans 14:19, "So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding". That earlier effort at negotiating peace between Israel and its enemies, as others yet before and many after, ignore basic fundamentals.
It has been over some nine decades that Israel's enemies have been employing war, terror and even ethnic cleansing (from Hebron, Gaza and other locations they lived in for centuries) to deny Jews their legal and natural right, internationally recognized by the League of Nations in 1922 and later, in 1947, by the United Nations, based to a great degree on Great Britain's Balfour Declaration of 1917. Territorial compromises have been offered in the past.
The Jews lost Transjordan, originally part of the Mandate area, and as we know from the New Testament, Acts 8:1, Judea and Samaria, in current parlance "Palestine", the correct geographical terms, are also very much. [They ignored my error here. It should properly be: ...Judea and Samaria, in current parlance "Palestine", are the correct geographical terms.] Jews accepted the 1947 partition, withdrew from Sinai in 1957 which served as a terror base for the fedayeen, the forerunner of Fatah, again withdrew from Sinai in 1981, offered autonomy in 1979, agreed to a Palestinian Authority in 1993 and in 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu recognized the need for a Palestinian state, albeit demilitarized. None of this has persuaded Mahmoud Abbas and before him, Yassir Arafat, to engage in any worthwhile peace talks.
Given this reality, together with the ever persistent anti-Jewish incitement stemming from official Palestinian Authority outlets, in the media and in school, and from Islamic religious figures, I would suggest to Mr. Moodey that he pay attention to other verses from Romans 14 - "4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[a] that he stands or falls... And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand...10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God".