In his Dec. 10 letter, “Illegal, not disputed,” Martin J. Levine views Israel’s activities in the territory as an impediment to a two-state solution. However, he is silent as to the impact of the Palestinian Authority demand for the unrestricted right of return of the remaining Palestinian refugees and of the descendants of Palestinian refugees to pre-’67 Israel. Its implementation would subvert the intent of the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which sanctioned the establishment of two states, one with a Jewish majority and the other with an Arab majority.
In contrast, Israel and Egypt reached a settlement in 1973 that included Israel’s total return of the Sinai to Egypt. This settlement did not undermine the society of either nation.