Time for a one-state solution in Mideast

After five months of shuttle diplomacy, John Kerry has failed to persuade the Palestinians and Israelis to return to peace negotiations.

The Palestinians have been negotiating with the Israelis for 20 years without any results. According to the Oslo accords, the Palestinians should have had their state in 1999.

Mahmoud Abbas and his political party, Fatah, do not represent all the Palestinians.

To have true peace in the Middle East, Hamas must be at the negotiation table. We do not make peace with our friends; we make peace with our enemies.

Israel continues to impose on the Palestinians unjust conditions that violate human rights and international laws.

Since 1967, Israel has been building illegal settlements on stolen Palestinians lands. Today, there are 223 illegal settlements and outposts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, inhabited by 462,000 radical settlers. Israel refuses to stop building new settlements.

Because the land of Palestine is fragmented beyond repair, the two-state solution is not feasible anymore. It is time to consider one democratic state where Israelis and Palestinians live together.

Nabil Wahbeh

Oakland

Settlements maintain ruling class's privilege

Settlement for police violence against Occupy protesters: $1.17 million.

Settlement for police violence against Oscar Grant protesters: $1.025 million.

Maintaining ruling-class privilege: Priceless.

Dave Casini

Hayward

Watching America die a slow death

The old saying that history repeats itself is never more true as we witness what is happening to America.

When people are promised utopia and are taxed to pay for it, and they see the corruption by our political leaders, the logical result is disobedience in many forms. Just look at what is happening in many countries in Europe.

As one looks at history in regard to the decline and fall of a nation, there are basically four things that are a common denominators:

1. Unethical, dishonest men come to power.

2. An increase in unlimited spending and the taxes required to sustain their agenda.

3. The abandonment of morality in many different forms.

4. God is removed from the nation's agenda.

Our nation has three branches of government and when one or two become more powerful, the function of the government becomes unbalanced and falls apart.

As I watch the decline of America, it is like watching a loved one die and you cannot stop it. Only God's intervention can change this.

Ken Birch

Union City

Publish salaries of BART executives

Since this newspaper sees fit to publish BART's blue-collar workers' pay, I think the paper should list the pay of BART's executives to be fair.

The people who actually make BART run (the workers) need to make good money to live in this area. It doesn't matter what other people make. Just because some people who work have had their pay and benefits slashed to the bone, it's no reason to slash anyone else's pay and benefits. Let's all stop being jealous of some of the last blue-collar workers to make a good wage.

Are the executives greedy because they make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but never get their hands dirty? They are the greedy ones. The paper should be fair and equal in reporting.

Rocky Fort

San Lorenzo

It appears sales talk is cheaper than quality

Thanks to the paper for the recent informative article, "Privacy breaches raising red flags."

After years of hearing blandishments about security from the financial industries, it is clear that sales talk is still cheaper than quality.

Red Wetherill

Alameda

Read the Bible: Jesus did define marriage

In the case of Proposition 8, the Supreme Court justices decided that Gov. Jerry Brown's opinion matters more than 7 million voters. In the DOMA case, five justices thought their opinions were more enlightened than millions of Americans who think otherwise.

Rather than leave the last word to those who want to play God, it's worth hearing from Jesus himself. In Matthew 19, when asked if divorce is permissible, Jesus answers: "Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh ... therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate."

I used to think it odd that Jesus answers by first commenting that people were created male and female, since it seems an obvious point. Now, however, I sense that he was not just speaking to them, but to us. Is anybody listening?

Al Anderson

Concord