November 23: Readers speak about the cease-fire
n spite of all the deaths and destruction in Gaza, in spite of all the rockets fired at Israel, when crunch time arrived both sides recognized that a written agreement was imperative.
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Sir, – The Jerusalem Post is to be praised for noting in “Cease-fire declared
after 8 days of fighting” (November 22) that this was Israel’s “first-ever
written understanding with Hamas.” In spite of all the deaths and destruction in
Gaza, in spite of all the rockets fired at Israel, when crunch time arrived both
sides recognized that a written agreement was imperative.
signed many agreements with Arab nations, but with Hamas this is a
In the American elections a few weeks ago, 30 percent of the
Jewish voters were concerned about an Obama victory. We should all realize that
as president, Obama wields a lot of power. He talked personally to the president
of Egypt and our prime minister, and made them understand that this fierce
encounter must end. Why could he do it? Because America supports both Egypt and
Israel in a hefty manner. We and they require those funds to keep our budgets
Obama and Clinton wanted to be home for Thanksgiving with fewer
problems to grapple with, so they worked even harder for the
Sir, – With regard to “Rockets
continue to fall in South following” (November 22), our prime minister agreed to
a cease-fire that we all know won’t last. We know that Egyptian President
Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood will not be our protectors.
it was a surrender, not an agreement.
We agreed to the ceasefire that
would start at 9:00 p.m. At 9:21, missiles started once again to rain down on
The IDF was given orders not to fire back, and people
once again had only 10 seconds to run to their shelters. Neither Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu nor Defense Minister Ehud Barack said the deal was
This is war. We must take back Gaza and bring some peace to our
people. To US President Barack Obama we should have said, “Thank you for your
support, but we must do what you would do if US citizens were being attacked
daily with missiles and rockets.”
This would be self-pride.
self-pride you get respect. From surrender you get pity, if even
Sir, – In response to the Tel Aviv
bus bombing, Hamas’s Al-Aksa TV declared: “God willing we will soon see body
The residents of Gaza are bowing down to Allah for this offering”
(“If cease-fire fails, will Israel be forced to topple Hamas?,” Analysis,
Those are the psychopaths our prime minister surrendered
to. Once more he has shown that he can neither stand up to pressure from the
enemy or from President Obama, and we are back to square one, with Hamas still
in power, new graves in Israel plus who knows how many traumatized
For Binyamin Netanyahu to say that we must “steer the ship of
state responsibly and with wisdom” only proves that the man knows not what he
does and certainly cannot be trusted with our security.
Sir, – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should not be
stopped from going to the UN to seek an upgrading of status. Hamas is against
this, so is Iran, and to my regret so is our present government.
gets his majority vote in the UN General Assembly, which is probable, no Arab
refugee could any longer claim a “right of return” to Israel, as he or she would
already have a homeland, the state of Palestine. Hamas, too, would have
absolutely no justification to oppose this upgrading – not unless it wanted to
fight Israel, which would then be free under international law to defend itself,
as it can indeed.
Hopefully, current political contacts in Cairo and
Europe will consider a long-term solution that will restore tranquility to the
region. That is, if the Hamas fanatics are tied down with sufficient