Sir, – With regard to “Olmert: Only an ‘idiot’ prime minister
would not make peace” (January 7), when Ehud Olmert was in government he offered
far-reaching concessions to the Arabs, which were rejected. It’s amazing how
clever politicians become when they leave office.
Olmert has tried to
justify the mess he and Amir Peretz made in the Second Lebanon War (a case of
the blind leading the blind).
And his remarks about Ariel Sharon don’t
warrant a reply except to say that Olmert does not come up to Sharon’s
Sir, – I was shocked and appalled by
your blaring headline.
Considering the criminal charges still pending
against him, Ehud Olmert probably does not truly understand his words, let alone
the nasty and demeaning “idiot.” But to call a sitting prime minister an idiot
and then have it glaring on the front page of an Israeli newspaper is nothing
short of ridiculous, even in our enlightened society. It just gives more fuel
for the fires of the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment raging across the
I think Olmert needs to sink quietly into the background and stop
making a mockery of the office he held.
Sir, – Your
headline should have read: “Only an idiot would make peace with a group that
will not make a simple gesture and recognize our right to existence in the State
It is interesting that an ex-prime minister with a dark cloud
over his head (with no silver lining) would have the audacity to make statements
about who is an idiot.
YISRAEL (IAN) LAST
Sir, – Allow me to
rebut your headline with one of my own.
“Derovan: Only an ‘idiot’ former
prime minister would get involved in a sleazy bribery scandal and a long-term
trial that has brought nothing but shame and embarrassment to him, the office of
prime minister and the country”.
Whether or not our prime minister is an idiot is a matter of opinion. What is
not a matter of opinion is that his predecessor stands convicted of the criminal
charge of breach of trust. Would people want such a person to negotiate on their
behalf for anything, let alone peace? OSCAR DAVIES Jerusalem Sir, – With this
statement, Ehud Olmert was accurately describing himself! SUSAN and DANNY
TARAGIN Jerusalem Undiplomatically frank Sir, – With regard to “Lieberman
criticized within faction for peace shift” (January 7), I don’t agree with Yair
Lapid, whom you quote as saying: “There’s a real opportunity...to reach
a [peace] solution.”
But in the unlikely event that there is a real
opportunity, I certainly agree with Avigdor Liberman that the border should
exclude the Triangle and Wadi Ara areas.
The idea that “Palestine,” Gaza
and Jordan, which were all included in the Mandate for Palestine, are Jew-free
while Israel must have a very large Arab minority is illogical and racist. It’s
disturbing that our leaders don’t continually call out the Arabs for their
Kudos to Liberman for being one of the few politicians
not afraid to be undiplomatically frank.
Sir, – I read with resignation and anger “Kabul: We will go
ahead and release 88 prisoners despite American concerns” (January
After the Obama administration’s arm-twisting of Israel (through the
services of J. Kerry) to release over 100 convicted terrorists and killers, it
would seem that the Americans are hardly in a position to complain about the
release of prisoners simply because they consider them dangerous.
there no end to America’s double standard? What chutzpah! What hypocrisy!
Sir, – Maybe on his next trip here, US Secretary of
State John Kerry can explain to us the American policy on the release of
The US government has raised strong objections to the planned
release of 88 prisoners by Afghanistan.
But Washington exerted heavy
pressure on Israel to release over 100 convicted Palestinian terrorists, many
with blood on their hands, in order to facilitate the current round of
Or, take the case of Lynne Stewart.
She was the
attorney for Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, now serving a life sentence for planning
terror attacks that came to light as a result of the investigation into the
first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. In 2005 she was convicted of
facilitating communications between her client and terrorists who were behind
the 1997 massacre in Luxor, Egypt.
Stewart was just released from federal
prison after serving only a small portion of her 10-year sentence because she
has advanced cancer, and thus met new criteria for compassionate release. Yet
Jonathan Pollard, who is also ill and has served well over 25 years in prison,
apparently is not entitled to compassionate release.
Please, Mr. Kerry,
what are the rules? J
Truth was told
Sir, – It was with
absolute pleasure that I read the “unpolitically correct” editorial “NGOs and
migrants” (January 7). For once, no words were minced, and the truth about the
anti-Jewish-state NGOs was told.
We are desperately fighting with
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John
Kerry for the words “Jewish state” to be included in any peace agreement, and
these organizations, funded by foreign governments and embarrassed Jews, are
trying to destroy our country and make it a democratic state for all (and any
Keep up the good work.
Sir, – Here are the pertinent facts: There are approximately 60,000 African
migrants in Israel. The borders are now closed, so this population will remain
static. They have to be removed from south Tel Aviv and some other areas where
they are making life hell for residents. They cannot be deported because of UN
rules we must abide by.
These people have to work if they are not to
steal in order to survive.
We have the infrastructure to give them this
opportunity. In addition, farmers don’t have enough working hands to obtain
their maximum yields. (Ask the flower and vegetable growers in the Arava.) Every
migrant should be given the opportunity to work legally for two years, with
$1,000 per month being withheld by the government.
Employers will be
eligible to participate in this program if they house and feed these workers. At
the end of the two years, the migrants will be eligible to receive the $24,000
that was withheld if they voluntarily leave.
This is a humane and
workable way to solve the problem.
Sir, – We are
unwilling to perform manual labor. It is irrational to admit legal foreign
laborers to do this backbreaking work while jailing undocumented persons who are
ready to start immediately.
Grant them three months. If the work ends,
set deportation hearings.
– I am not at all surprised that Vitesse did not take its Israeli player, Dan
Mori, to Abu Dhabi (“Dutch team ditches Israeli for Abu Dhabi match,” January
During the 1930s my father’s team played against Vitesse and he was
called a “dirty Jew.” I am more surprised that the team even has an Israeli
I am also not surprised that only two people in the Dutch
parliament showed their disgust with the attitude of Vitesse.
becoming more and more anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.