A Palestinian Path
Re “Abbas Threatens to Dismiss Hamas Government” (news article, Oct. 18):
When the Palestinians elected Hamas, they hoped that it would bolster their dignity by talking tough to Israel.
Instead, it has painfully exposed their lack of self-sufficiency. A permanently outstretched hand is not a dignified pose, no matter how fierce a face you make.
The only dignified route is to work toward self-sufficiency using all available means — recognition of Israel included.
Only recognizing Israel and using foreign aid to build a self-supporting society will give Palestinians true dignity.
This would not be a surrender of their rights, but a recognition of their responsibilities.
No decent person would disrespect the Palestinians if they took this route.