Dear Mr. Hiatt,
I have not heard back from you.
I went to the trouble of providing you with an undisputed factual description of the Israeli/Palestinian negotiations in 2008, refuting Zakaria's fabrication that Israel has not "offered" the Palestinians "a state for 40 years." Is it still your contention that Israeli Prime Minister Olmert's offer to Abbas of a state, including East Jerusalem, was not an "offer"? Sure, the Palestinians also wanted the Israeli settlements of Ariel and Ma'ale Adumim and were not ready to accept a "swap" of other Israeli territory for these settlements, but an offer was made.
Do you prefer to continue to hide behind the platitude that the "history of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is contentious"?
Okay, you don't want to embarrass Zakaria, a plagiarist. But at a minimum, it would be "nice" if someone at your newspaper were to write back and say, "Yes, Jeffrey, you have a point, and we will consider publishing a rebuttal."
But heck, this is 2013, and why should undisputed facts, as acknowledged by both The New York Times and al Jazeera, get in the way of Zakaria's opinions?
And why should you go to the trouble of responding in a meaningful way to an undisputed factual recital of events in 2008 from a Washington Post reader?
Meanwhile, this abysmal conduct on the part of The Washington Post is described by Jonathan Tobin in Commentary (http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/04/08/no-accountability-for-fareed-zakaria-fiction-israel-palestinians/#more-822160).
Hiatt has yet to respond to my April 8 message.