To the editors:

I would like to congratulate the Reader on its recent article, “Enemies” [March 23], concerning the local Chicago Jewish-Palestinian dialogue group. The emergence of that group, as well as many others like it across the country, reflect the increasingly conciliatory positions held by both Jews and Palestinians.

As you may know, the results of a recent opinion poll of officials of American Jewish organizations reported in The New York Times, February 9, 1990, and The Jerusalem Post International Edition, February 17, 1990, indicate that 76% of those polled favored “territorial compromise in the West Bank and Gaza, in return for credible guarantees of peace.” In addition, 53% responded favorably when asked whether Palestinians had a right to a homeland in the West Bank and Gaza, if it did not threaten Israel. 73% of the Jewish leaders surveyed supported Israel talking directly to the PLO if it recognizes Israel’s right to exist and renounces terrorism.

Such developments give us hope and inspire us to continue our work to bring peace to the Middle East.

Gerald Davidson


Chicago Friends of Peace Now