Sarkozy on Netanyahu
Sir, – While national leaders do not always get along, the
statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama are
unusually strong (“Sarkozy tells Obama Netanyahu a ‘liar,’” October 9). And they
are deeply disturbing.
Furthermore, these words raise the troubling
possibility that Sarkozy’s personal animus has influenced French
Back in September at the United Nations, Prime Minister Netanyahu
made a powerful defense of his nation and of direct negotiations with the
Palestinians. More recently, France voted to admit “Palestine” as a full member
As an American, I have no say in French policies, but I and my
fellow citizens most certainly can and should condemn this policy as wrong and
Silver Spring, Maryland
Sir, – So now it is out in the
open: Nicolas Sarkozy hates Binyamin Netanyahu and thinks he is a liar. Barack
Obama (tacitly) agrees with him.
So let us tell these two gentlemen the
In international law, all of biblical Israel was ceded back to the
Jewish people as their national home in 1920 at the San Remo Conference. This
agreement was ratified by the League of Nations in 1922. Further, Article 80 of
the United Nations’ founding documents states that it has no powers to alter
anything that was ratified by the League of Nations.
tell these two leaders that in law, Jordan is therefore on Jewish land and thus
we have the two-state solution they want. If they pretend this not to be the
case, it is they who are the liars.
Come on Bibi: They hate you anyway,
so tell them the actual truth.
Sir, – If President
Sarkozy of France calls Prime Minister Netanyahu a liar and President Obama says
he is fed up with him, then I know I am right in supporting Netanyahu.
these two gentlemen have such opinions of our prime minister, he must be doing
the right thing.
After all, his job is not to please them, but to pursue
the interests of the Jewish state, which is not something these gentlemen have
as their priorities.
Sir, – Why such a fuss about
Sarkozy telling Obama that Netanyahu is a liar? Some people might have the same
opinion about Sarkozy and, indeed, about Obama. They’re politicians after all,
and politicians are known to twist the truth to suit their own
I have known quite a number of politicians, and most would
shout horribly at one another and then leave the parliamentary chamber with
their arms amicably around each other. I always derived comfort from the
rabbinic idea of the difference between a sin and the person who commits
When a politician takes a liberty with the truth – and I am not
saying that Netanyahu does or doesn’t – it is not necessarily because he’s a
liar but because he’s telling a lie.
is rabbi emeritus of the Great Synagogue of Sydney Sir, – Sarkozy and Obama may
have enjoyed their Bibi-bashing at the G-20 summit, but Netanyahu may have the
last laugh when, about a year from now, there is a good chance he will be the
only one still in office.
Jerusalem Geography lesson
– In “Build it and they will come” (West Bank, November 4), Tovah Lazaroff
writes that Bashar al-Masri’s family “returned to Palestine in
They could not have returned to “Palestine” because no such entity
existed. A geographic designation for the Land of Israel, Palestine, was used to
refer to the area controlled by the British Mandate, which came to an end in