Re: "Diplomatic push between Morocco and Israel does not represent ‘peace’: Bueckert," (The Hill Times, Oct. 3, letter to the editor). Michael Bueckert of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) takes issue with a recent op-ed by CIJA’s Richard Marceau, lauding the recent peace agreement between Israel and Morocco, claiming that Israel has been “belligerently occupying someone else's territory for decades,” and referring to Israel as a rogue, authoritarian regime. These claims are utterly without basis in fact. Bueckert’s references to Israel as a pariah and authoritarian state are simply absurd. Israel is a vibrant liberal democracy, where peoples of all faiths enjoy equal rights under the law—in stark contrast to the majority of the Middle East. And today, the biggest Middle Eastern pariah is not Israel, which enjoys a rapidly growing list of diplomatic wins, but the Palestinian Authority, whose long-time intransigence is finally causing much of the Arab world to make peace with Israel, with or without the Palestinians. The Palestinian failure to negotiate in good faith with Israel has caused many countries like Morocco to establish or otherwise deepen ties with Israel, even in the absence of a deal with the Palestinians. That is precisely why Israel and Morocco signed a normalization agreement, creating formal diplomatic relations for the first time ever. Successes like these and peace in the Middle East should be celebrated, not condemned. Mike Fegelman Executive director HonestReporting Canada Toronto, Ont.