The new EU President, a former Belgian PM Herman Van Rompuy, has presented a draft text that calls for an "independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine comprising the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital". Not unsurprisingly, the Israeli leaders, who are used to dealing with the Jewish-backed US government officials, are furious over this 'audacity'. I hope the European leader would continue to show courage and resolve needed to make this proposal part of the negotiating agenda. -S.R.H. HASHMI, Karachi, December 2.