Schalit, politics, time
Sir, – Shame on Noam Schalit.
He managed, with
the aid of very adept publicists, to put our whole country in danger – and now
he wants to run for public office (“Noam Schalit announces entry into politics
with Labor,” January 10).
We all understood his campaign to release
killers and would-be-killers. It was to gain the release of his son. But the
bill hasn’t been paid yet. When we get the first recidivist terror attack and,
God forbid, people are dead, what will he say? Sorry? What other fiasco could he
lead the country into should he hold public office? I say to Schalit: You
received Gilad back by placing the whole country in danger. Now stay home. Enjoy
your son and have the grace to be quiet.THELMA JACOBSON
– Doesn’t this beat all! Noam Schalit is so used to being in the limelight that
now, life is too quiet. He misses the action.
He may not be any worse
than the Knesset members we have now, but his whole campaign would be on the
back of his son, Gilad.
Many of us are still angry about showing Israel’s
weak side and releasing 1,000 terrorists. It’s bad enough that Gilad will feel
guilty when the first released prisoner kills Jews.
Heaven help us if
Noam Schalit succeeds. Hamas will kidnap soldiers right and left because they’ll
know they have a friend in the Knesset.LOIS GREEN
Sir, – Noam
Schalit chose not to relentlessly fight Hamas, the guilty party. He chose not to
set up a tent at the Gaza border. He chose not to fight the Red Cross and the UN
by setting up a tent in Geneva, where it would have received much media coverage
and put pressure on those who were really responsible. Instead, he chose to
fight his own government and fellow Israelis.
Schalit pressured our
country to release hundreds of killers of Jews. His needs were more important
than ours. Is that the kind of person we want in our Knesset? Not in my
Sir, – With all due respect to Noam
Schalit, I think the Knesset should pass a Noam Schalit Bill that would require
him to spend at least one year reacquainting himself with Gilad before being
allowed to enter politics.CHAYA HEUMAN
Sir, – Jerusalem
Post columnist Gershon Baskin deserves our praise for his role in opening up
negotiations over Gilad Schalit with Hamas when other tracks failed.
Nonetheless, he is wrong when he argues that the deal should have been made much
earlier (“Shamgar: Did you ask why it took almost five years?,” Encountering
Peace, January 10).
It should never have been made at all.
we all wanted Schalit safely home, the deal was outrageous in its
disproportionality, and wholly irresponsible. It was a classic case of
democratically elected leaders having their hand forced by an ill-informed
public for short-term popularity against the long-term interests of the people
as a whole. There is no greater way of incentivizing hostage-taking than the
release of 1,027 combatants for one, young, inexperienced draftee.
who yearns daily for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, I pray there will
be no more disproportionate exchanges. They only beget more
blood-letting.ANDREW M. ROSEMARINE
Salford, UKRed line of energy
Regarding Yaakov Katz’s analysis (“Israel’s red line,” January 10), one of the
most crucial red lines for Israel should be making Israel self-sufficient in
Israel must never again be dependent on the supposed good will of
other nations. Look what has happened so many times to the pipeline running from
Egypt to Jordan and Israel.
The need to explore for oil and develop oil
from shale should be Israel’s “Manhattan Project.”TOBY WILLIG
Jerusalem What of another Jew?
Sir, – While it is always welcome news when a Jew like Jack
Lew, who openly identifies with his people, is chosen for a prestigious public
office (“Obama replaces White House chief of staff with observant Jew,” January
10), there remains a festering wound on the American Jewish scene.
would be most appropriate and impressive if, instead of choosing a Jew for this
position, Obama lets that other Jew, Jonathan Pollard, go! ZEV CHAMUDOT Petah
Tikva Plenty of gratitude Sir, – After congratulating himself on his wonderful
work, Shmuley Boteach blames the lack of gratitude shown him on the fact that he
is a rabbi (“Absence of gratitude is the source of rabbinical burnout,” No Holds
Barred, January 10).
Most of the many rabbis I know feel deeply
appreciated for what they do. Perhaps Boteach should consider reasons other than
his profession for his particular misfortune.ZVI WOLFF
writer is a rabbi Best we can expect
Sir, – I disagree with Kevjn L.’s main
contention in his pedantic article: that there is a possible breakthrough for
peace to be made with the Palestinians (“Israel-Palestinian breakthrough could
change Iranian equation,” Comment & Features, January 10).
evidence is his contention based? Surely not on Israel’s withdrawal from
Even if peace were to “break out,” there is nothing Israel could do
to erase the Arabs’ fundamental urge to replace the Jewish state with an Arab
one. An indefinite low-intensity conflict is the best we can expect until the
West decides which side it is on.STEVE KRAMER
Alfei Menashe Old ideas
Sir, – Regarding “Death of the peace process means opportunity for new
ideas” (January 10), I would venture that Israel stated clearly what it wanted
by voting for Binyamin Netanyahu, who campaigned on a platform of building up
the Jewish land, a commitment never to divide it and never to destroy what are
called “settlements,” and absolutely no recognition of rights within our land
for a Palestinian entity, otherwise known as the two-state solution.
writing was on the wall when Netanyahu sat in the Sharon government and allowed
the forcible removal of 10,000 Jewish people from their homes and businesses in
Gush Katif and elsewhere in the Gaza Strip. As the saying goes, there are none
so blind as those who refuse to see. Unfortunately, we fell for false
I would further venture that there is no need for new ideas –
just the old ones, this time with the commitment to keep all promises and build
After all, that is why we are here.EDITH OGNALL
In “Who’s threatening democracy?” (Candidly Speaking, January 10)
it was reported that the Breaking the Silence and B’tselem organizations had
accused Israel of “devotion to Nazi values” and “committing humanity’s worst
Those comments were in fact made by a former B’tselem staff
member before she joined the organization. She was dismissed once they were made
public. The Post regrets the error.
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