Another Nobel Message for Peace

Asked by Israeli Army Radio Saturday whether she believed the award to Obama might spur him to advance peace in the region, Yonath chose to focus not on what the U.S. president can or cannot do, but on what Israel must do.

"A change in the status quo" is what is required, she declared, somewhat off beat: "All prisoners should be returned to Palestine regardless of a prisoner exchange deal [with Hamas]. I don’t understand why we incarcerate them in Israel in the first place.

"Many Palestinians," argued the Nobel Laureate, "have no hope for the future – despair gives them every reason to jump at the opportunity to better their prospects for a better afterlife [by becoming suicide bombers]."

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