Israel's parliament, the Knesset, is looking at a draft bill, which proposes the abolition of Arabic as an official language in the Zionist state. This would require the repeal of British Mandatory legislation in Palestine dating from 1922, which adopted Arabic, Hebrew and English as official languages. When
Sir, Philip Stephens’ claim that “settlements bury a Palestinian state” (January 28) is ill-conceived. Settlements are a side issue. Yassir Arafat himself accepted their accession to Israel under the President Bill Clinton peace proposal of December 2000.