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A Bogus Issue

With regard to your June 3 editorial, “Don’t Make Us Choose,” and the numerous other references to the Obama/Netanyahu squabble, I’m shocked and dismayed by the fact that nowhere is there a discussion of the joint statement issued by Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Netanyahu on November 11, 2010, in which Secretary Clinton is quoted as referring to a “viable [Palestinian] state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps.” What actually happened in May is that Netanyahu fabricated a bogus issue that allowed him to confront the president and thereby win support from Republican members of Congress bent on ruining his presidency at all costs, who were then followed by feckless Democrats in support of Netanyahu’s “fatalistic” rejectionist policies, all of this to the detriment of America’s ability to advance its strategic interests in the region and, therefore, Israel’s larger strategic interests in the region.

Richard C. Lederman

Silver Spring, Md.

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