Sir, – In “PM: We will not tolerate a ‘drizzle’ of attacks from Gaza” (December
25), opposition leader Isaac Herzog says that “the current wave of terror was
meant to sabotage peace talks with the PLO and the possibility of a two-state
I would suggest to Mr. Herzog that the Palestinian Authority’s
continued incitement against us, its glorification of terror and terrorists, and
failure to condemn terror attacks warrant breaking off negotiations. To do so
would demonstrate zero tolerance for the PA’s condoning or supporting terror,
and possibly force it to change its stance.
Continuing to talk come what
may will not bring lasting peace. It is reasonable to conclude that the same
terrorists who carry out attacks to derail the negotiations now will, God
forbid, perpetrate even worse atrocities in the face of a future
Sir, – With regard to “A calculated
boost to deterrence” (Analysis, December 25), the Palestinians in Gaza were
testing the waters to see if they could continue to annoy us without admitting
it, and without any reasonable reaction from the IDF. Thank goodness they
underestimated our strength and calculations and received a bloody black eye in
return. Next time they might think twice.
We are on the alert to a
calculated boost to deterrence. In simple language, we are not daft!
Sir, – In “Stabbed police officer listed in stable
condition” (December 25), your reporter refers to Sunday’s bus bomb in Bat Yam
by saying “a bomb was detonated on an empty bus.”
The bomb was not
detonated on an empty bus. It was purposely left on a bus from which all the
passengers were successfully evacuated before it exploded.
Sir, – An absolute miracle took place on Sunday (“Passengers escape Bat
Yam bus shortly before bomb explodes,” December 23). The fact that a wonderful
passenger detected the bomb and the bus driver made everyone get off in a few
seconds saved everyone’s life.
We should note this for the record and
make US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama realize what is
involved in the stupidity of having negotiations with the Palestinians that end
in nine months’ time with an agreement the United States is happy
There is no use meeting again and again with Kerry unless he tells
the truth to the Palestinians: There cannot be a Palestinian state that intends
to destroy Israel.
There cannot be a Palestinian State where the US
guarantees Israel’s security; Israel has to guarantee its own security. There
cannot be a Palestinian state that does not adhere to treaty obligations. There
cannot be a Palestinian state where individuals, supposedly acting on their own,
terrorize Israelis. There cannot be a Palestinian state where such terrorists
are called martyrs.
There cannot be a Palestinian state where hatred of
Israel is taught every day. Most important, there cannot be a Palestinian state
that includes Hamas.
Kerry and Obama have to realize that it is not the
US with which Israel is making peace.
Sir, – With
regard to “Israel scheduled to release 26 convicted terrorists next week as
planned (December 25), these Palestinian security prisoners are not in prison
for petty crimes. Israel should not release them. If it does, terrorists will no
longer face the threat of being imprisoned; they will know it’s just a matter of
time before they are released.
The Palestinian Authority has claimed that
the continuation of peace talks will reduce terrorism.
Israel has only
seen an increase in terror. It needs to protect its citizens, not the
It’s time for Washington to get the message. Peace is
a two-way street. It’s time for Israel to stop negotiating with terrorists!
Sir, – You have openly declared your support for the
Livni “capitulation talks” or, as some call it, the “land-for-bombs” movement
(“The terrorist threat,” Editorial, December 24). You write: “The status quo is
untenable, not just because the international community refuses to accept it,
but because it would mean the end of a Jewish and democratic Israel.”
would like to remind you that the “international community” has never accepted
our right to any part of Jerusalem. It does not recognize any part of the city
as our capital since long before the “occupation” started in 1967. The status
quo has been tenable for almost 50 years, so why not another 50? What is not
tenable is thinking the Arabs respect anything but strength.
Jew lives in the deepest recesses of our leaders’ hearts and will not let them
see that no matter what we do, we are always wrong in the eyes of the world,
even as we improve its lives with our innovations. How can we expect others to
respect us if we have no self-respect?
Sir, – I was so
disgusted to read about the hijacking of the nativity by the Palestinians, where
PA President Mahmoud Abbas claims that Jesus was a “Palestinian messenger who
would become a guiding light for millions around the world....” (“Yuletide
jeer,” December 24).
Being a Jewish baby, Jesus, had he been among
Palestinians, would probably have had his throat slit. Then the wise men and the
shepherds wouldn’t have needed to go to Bethlehem, except maybe to
Surely, Christians are equally appalled. But on second thought,
the Church already blamed the Jews for the death of Christ, so I suppose
Christians might buy into this as well.
Peace on earth and goodwill to
Sir, Regarding “Netanyahu may condition
advancing peace talks on Pollard release” (December 24), I don’t equate
releasing Jonathan Pollard with giving away our land.
I have worked for
Pollard’s release since the late 1990s, when I was posted at the Israeli Embassy
in Washington as an assistant to then-ambassador Eliyahu Ben-Elissar. This
injustice must be corrected. Pollard has paid for his crime many times over
according to American law. But the two issues are separate.
must reject America’s demands concerning the peace process. Israel is a
successful sovereign state and needs to act as one.
He must say no and
Sir, – In “It is crucial
that Netanyahu creates a coherent settlement policy” (Candidly Speaking,
December 22), Isi Leibler contends that the government’s ambiguous policy is the
number one issue utilized by our detractors to vilify us.
He makes the
claim that “the entire world is deluded into believing that settlements
represent the principal obstacle to peace.” I am, I confess, truly
While Leibler obviously is right about the desirability of a
cohesive settlement policy, it would undoubtedly have little effect on Israel’s
Does he really believe that even a total retreat from a
pro-settlement stance would reduce Israel bashing in the least? Does he believe
that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would then permit an IDF
presence in the Jordan Valley, agree to Jerusalem as the non-divided capital of
Israel and declare Israel the homeland of the Jewish people? It is important to
understand that we face an implacable enemy and therefore must remain forever
vigilant in safeguarding and remaining true to our vital national interests, not
succumbing to perilous delusions.
Sir, – The
best answer to the whole damn world was in your December 25 issue. They keep
murdering, insulting and passing resolutions, and we extend a railroad (“Sderot
train station opens, residents ride free – for now”).
all of us.
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