Exchange, Issue September 24, 1990
In the article, "Middle East Peace: Nine Steps the U.S. Should Take," published in the July 2, 1990 issue of this periodical, Jerome Segal makes a number of proposals for changes in U.S. Middle East policy. It is worth adding two points. The first has to do with the principle of equity, which is absent from U.S. policy, as was evident in the conditions imposed on the Palestine Liberation Organization for opening a dialogue with Washington. For the U.S. to play a constructive role in Middle East peacemaking, it must recognize that two people are involved in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and that while symmetry by no means prevails between Israeli occupier and Palestinian victim, the principle of equity must be applied in addressing the conflict between them.