Re "Hamas reflects longer cease-fire in Gaza" (Nation/World, July 27): Peace in the Middle East appears quite complicated but perhaps far simpler than it would seem. Raining rockets out of Gaza into Israel by the Palestinians might be negotiated with Israel. Could removal of all Israeli settlers in the West Bank in return for a Palestinian acknowledgement of the Israeli state be cause for an agreement?
However, considering the very strong feelings about the West Bank settlements by some Israelis, good luck with that. In baseball parlance, sometimes you have to give up someone to get someone. Could the removal of those West Bank settlements be the keystone in the bridge between the Palestinians and Israelis? And a further means to extend peace to the entire region? Why not try? Wouldn't hurt.
-- Don Anderson, Folsom