Sir, – With regard to “US senators press Afghan president
over prisoner release” (January 3), I don’t believe it! A US delegation has
warned Kabul of “irreparable damage” to relations with Washington if it goes
ahead and frees prisoners who are considered a threat to security. It would be
almost laughable if it wasn’t so unbelievable.
US President Barack Obama
is worried about America’s security but has no problem putting Israel in more
danger by forcing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to do something that
Netanyahu thinks is wrong. Maybe one of those senators who went to Kabul, John
McCain, would like to explain the difference.
– I fail to understand why Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is so outraged at
the defiant attitude of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the
Holocaust denier, when he embraces the perpetrators of terrorism on their
These quasi-heroes include convicted murderers of
civilians, including children.
I am sure that Netanyahu is aware of the
BBC report on the Islamic terrorists held in British jails, who refuse to be
They leave prison and return to society with the same – if
not more intensely focused – extremist beliefs that put them behind bars in the
Our message to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who claims
that peace is not a mission impossible, must be about an “omission impossible,”
that is, that Israel, if it is to take part in a peace process, should allow no
further releases of convicted Palestinian murderers! Further releases would only
worsen the prospects for everlasting peace, with Israel (God forbid) ending up
Sir, – Recently, my wife returned from a
visit to Israel, where our son and his family live.
She brought a copy of
The Jerusalem Post. I was rather astonished to find letters regarding the
release of Palestinian prisoners.
Copies of these letters should be sent
to each member of the cabinet for them to realize their mistake! The ministers
should change their tactics for dealing with rogue elements among the
Sir, – I admire Economy
Minister Naftali Bennett and agree with most of what he says and
However, because he is someone who built up companies from
scratch and sold them for millions, I am shocked and surprised that he claims
consumers can save NIS 3 by purchasing 30 items in January as compared to
December (“Farewell to the agora and the phenomenon of prices that can’t be
paid,” January 1).
In the best case, the saving is NIS 2.70 NIS, or 9
agorot per item. In the worst case, the buyer might pay an extra NIS 1.50 if all
the previous prices ended in 5 agorot and were rounded upward! SHRAGA SIMON
Karnei Shomron Small problem Sir, – According to Gershon Baskin, the solution to
the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is just a matter of agreeing to terms that the
US will be proposing through US Secretary of State John Kerry, terms Baskin
feels are fair (“Welcome back, Mr. Secretary,” Encountering Peace, January
Baskin says the Palestinians will agree to joint patrols with
Israelis in the Jordan Valley. Small problem! The Palestinians have already
pledged that not a single Jew will be present anywhere on Palestinian soil. I
guess Baskin knows better.
The Palestinians will control who enters and
leaves their borders.
They have some very nice friends just waiting to
get a closer shot at killing Jews once Israel gives up security and border
Where is it ever heard in the world today that a sovereign
nation should share its capital with others who have had no history or interest
in Jerusalem being an Arab capital. It was only after the Jewish nation regained
its ancient capital that the Arabs become interested. I could go on and
The bottom line here is that with all the good intentions of Kerry
and those willing to push for Israeli suicidal concessions, it’s not their
survival that’s in jeopardy.
They are not being threatened on a daily
basis with calls for their country’s destruction.
It is time to stop
negotiating Israel’s future as if it’s part of a business transaction. There is
no margin for error and no second chances.
Sir, – It is extremely easy to agree with every statement made by
Carolyn B. Glick in her well penned piece “Empowering Palestinians who reject
Israel’s right to exist” (Our World, December 31).
In Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s letter ahead of the vote on resuming “peace” talks with the
Palestinians, he asserted that the purpose was to determine “if it is possible
to reach an agreement with the Palestinians....”
He also agreed to
release 104 Palestinians who had committed barbarous crimes against children and
women “in accordance with the circumstances of the their progress.”
what progress has been evident regarding the core issues? More than this,
Netanyahu referred to the terrorists as “depraved people” and acknowledged the
injustice in releasing those guilty of heinous crimes.
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refers to these unsavory criminals as heroes
In simplicity, it can be said that the very word “peace”
has been grossly distorted. Clearly, the so-called Palestinians are pursuing a
process of gradual land grabbing where any state that might emerge will consist
of a population actively engaged in hostile activities against
Mr. Netanyahu, we have not built a “glorious country,” but one
that is committed to living with injustice. Stop-gaps do not represent the
defeat of terrorism.
And Mr. Kerry, please note that your own country
enjoys peace because the US defeated Germany and Japan.
Fear of God
Sir, – The Machiavellian statement that “the ends justify
the means” is a desecration of God’s name when used to justify immoral and
The recent elections in Beit Shemesh are just
In “Court decision over election in Beit Shemesh sparks
contention among lawmakers” (December 27), haredi members of Knesset are quoted
as saying that the court decision to hold new voting in the city was the result
of a media campaign against haredim based on insufficient evidence and minimal
infractions of voting.
There is probably some fraud in every election,
but even those haredi MKs who admit that there might have been some cheating in
Beit Shemesh choose not to relate to it at all as a transgression.
one word has been said about such cheating being a desecration of God’s
Regrettably, too many haredim relate to Klal Yisrael, the Jewish
people, as being of no consequence, and justify their actions on the basis that
all is permitted in a so-called secular state. It is no wonder that most
Israelis have been turned off by haredi extremism.
The meaning behind the
term “haredi” is trembling before God or being God-fearing, yet the behavior of
too many haredim is often far from being God-fearing.
I wonder if they
ever ask themselves whether God approves of their actions. If they don’t, they
are not haredi.
Sir, – Why is it that
we, the daily readers of The Jerusalem Post here in Israel, are subjected almost
daily to large ads for your annual conference in New York? How many of us would
fly there to attend? Perhaps this space would serve your readers better if it
contained pieces of interest.