Share the burden
Sir, – Isi Leibler’s excellent, concise and comprehensive
“Israeli Arabs – rights, obligations and loyalties” (Candidly Speaking, March
21) raises several important issues.
Leibler states that provisions
should be made for Israeli Arabs to engage in a form of national service. These
provisions already exist; the problem is that only a pitiful number choose to do
The fact that the overwhelming majority of them enjoy the freedom and
benefits of citizenship without the obligations may explain, to a large degree,
the antipathy against them, and Leibler proposes an intensive campaign to
educate against prejudice.
This is not necessary.
stressful conditions under which we live, Israelis are probably among the least
prejudiced and most tolerant people in the world. One must not confuse
impatience with intolerance.
It is not reasonable to expect Israeli Arabs
to be emotionally moved by our national anthem. But it certainly can be expected
that they share the burdens of responsibility associated with
Jerusalem Issues with Ray
Sir, – Ray Hanania
(“Maybe Palestinians and Israelis need a break from each other,” Yalla Peace,
March 21) makes the case for us to split. He’s probably heard the rising voices
searching for an alternative to a failed two-state solution that is also not a
one-state solution. There are many.
All of the advocates of these
proposals have told me it is only a matter of time before the two-state idea is
This is not because Israel doesn’t want it, as
Hanania tries to imply. It is because the Palestinians and the Arabs, in
everything they say and do, won’t let it happen. Their refusal to recognize the
Jewish State of Israel makes a two-state solution an impossible dream. Their
incitement to hate and violence in anti-Semitic terms reveals that they are not
for compromise or peace.
So when Hanania says he is not convinced that
“Israeli leaders really want a resolution of the conflict that is based on
compromise,” I say to him, “Come on Ray, give me a break!” We both agree,
however, that the permanent solution would be placing the Palestinian Arabs in a
state of their own, somewhere in the original district of Palestine, and as far
away from Israel as possible so that they can be surrounded by their Arab
brethren who, for decades, have been insisting how much they support their
Sir, – Judea and Samaria, the names Ray
Hanania finds offensive, are the biblical names of the territory he prefers to
call the West Bank. Check any Tanach
and you will find these names used over and
Many people today, whether American journalists, UN dignitaries or
the thousands of Arabs who plan to march and “liberate” Jerusalem, are bothered
by the names Judea and Samaria since they clearly show the history of the Jewish
people in this land. It seems that what all of these people really find
offensive is the existence of Jews here, period.
– As regards Ray Hanania’s “A grim fairy tale on Iran” (Yalla Peace, March 7),
is Hanania biased or just plain ignorant of the facts? The Shah did keep a tight
control on the population, but mainly on the ayatollahs. To compare Iran under
his rule to Syria today, where the regular daily slaughter of civilians is being
carried out by the army, is nonsensical. This was before Hanania’s time, but he
should make the effort to study the history of this period.
I was present
when the Shah distributed ownership deeds to the villages that had been
cultivating their small holdings for the ayatollahs. I saw their
Kiryat Tivon The writer spent several years in
Iran as a consultant for the Tahal water management concern