(photo credit: JP)
What’s the difference?
Sir, – The disagreement in our intelligence community
over precisely which terrorist group is responsible for the recent murders in
the South – Hamas, PRC or Jihad – sounds quite academic to me (“Disagreement in
Israel over Hamas involvement in recent rocket attacks,” August 24).
Kaddish prayer one says at the victim’s funeral is the same no matter who the
If we would just once hit them mercilessly hard, they would
all cry uncle, no matter which one pulled the trigger.AVIGDOR BONCHEK
Sir, – Isn’t it about time we take effective action against Hamas and
its allies when they continue to rocket Israel? Destroying a Hamas rocket cell
or factory isn’t enough. Let’s hit these groups where it hurts – their
Every time they fire a rocket at us, let’s totally destroy the
We know where they live, so this should be no
First, however, we need to inform the world media of the plan.
Then, we should warn the occupants of these houses about what is coming. An hour
later, bomb the house.
Hopefully, no blood will be spilled, but those
leaders and their families will be homeless.RON BELZER
– Martin Lewis (“Facing the rockets,” (Letters, August 24) states: “If Hamas
fires rockets into our civilian population, then surely on a moral and legal
basis we should do the same right back.”
If criminals try to kill police
personal, does it mean the latter should go on a killing spree against suspects?
No, police should bring criminals to justice.
Should people who sexually
violate others be raped themselves? No, this is not the ethical way at
all.MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN
Jerusalem Common sense
Sir, – Ray Hanania
(“The rarity of ‘common’ sense,” Yalla Peace, August 24) brought home to me what
an uncommon commodity common sense really is.
Hanania is either wearing a
mental blindfold or has closed his eyes. Common sense should have told him
already – and repeatedly – that the Palestinians have no desire for peace with
Israel. All they want is for Israel to rest in peace. That is why there is no
end in sight to the conflict.
When that sinks in, Hanania will be able to
write with more common sense.
The Arabs in the disputed territories could
have had peace several times over if they truly wanted it, but at the cost of
recognizing a Jewish state. That is something they will never do.
that little something is what’s holding up the peace process. Nothing
Rishon Lezion Feed the grassroots
Sir, – Brenda
Kattan’s article (“Are we connecting?,” Comment & Features, August 15) bodes
ill for us.
It clearly speaks volumes of the failed hasbara efforts in
the UK. In particular, it points to the failure of the Israeli embassy staff and
BICOM to rectify the situation, the latter even after 10-plus years in operation
after being set up by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the
They cast aside grassroots Zionist activists for being a thorn in
their side, telling them to stop being critical of the embassy and BICOM in
getting the message across both to those within the Jewish community and
outside. It is to be hoped that the new ambassador to the Court of St. James,
Daniel Taub, will be successful in his mission and emulate the forcefulness of
former ambassador Shlomo Argov, and not be guided by the Jewish establishment,
as most of his predecessors have been.
Taub should listen to the Zionist
grassroots activists, who have a better feel for the situation, meeting as they
do with the man on the Clapham Omnibus (Joe Public) rather than the Camerons,
Hagues, Browns and Blairs of the UK body politic.COLIN L. LECI