Sir, – In my opinion, the winners of the Likud primary (“Sa’ar,
Erdan win Likud top slots two years in a row,” November 27) are Benny Begin, Dan
Meridor and Micky Eitan, who represent the traditional liberal wing of the
After the primary vote this wing no longer exists. It will spare
them the responsibility of the extreme actions that might be taken by the
radical and irresponsible Likudniks in a future coalition.
loser is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Although he praised the
results, he knows both how bad it looks to our friends (regrettably they’re few)
and how it will make his job more complicated. The other loser is the country. I
don’t envy our Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.HENRY
Sir, – I’m not at all sure Prime Minister Netanyahu will form the
new government in 2013. This is not only due to the results of the Likud
primary, but because the new head of Habayit Hayehudi, Naftali Bennett, is
trying hard – and seems to be succeeding – in attracting voters to his party. Of
course, these will come from the Likud.
Danger: The Likud will be getting
Sir, – Your editorial
“Palestinian reality” (November 26) confirms my belief that the way to achieve
peace between us and the Palestinians is certainly not by creating an artificial
state between Israel and Jordan.
The thought of allowing Hamas and the
PLO to share power, and giving people in Tel Aviv not more that 15 seconds to
run for shelter when the rockets are fired from this new state, are totally
unacceptable. Only a person in total denial would allow such a state to come
(Besides, Hamas would never sign a treaty that recognizes the
existence of the State of Israel.) Our priority at this time should be to bring
over US President Barack Obama so he can see for himself why a new mini-state
would not be a rational solution.
We must change directions before it is
too late.PAUL BERMAN
ShohamReacting with her feet
Sir, – I wish to
thank Herb Keinon for highlighting just another of the many advantages of living
here in Israel (“Rocket attacks and the rivers of Babylon,” Out There, November
During the Six Day War I was living in London, and the anti- Israel
media were just horrendous, especially the BBC. I particularly remember the
Russian ambassador to Britain being interviewed by a fiercely pro-Arab
interviewer; during the interview the ambassador strongly condemned Israel for
attacking Syria without even mentioning the 20 years of Syrian attacks against
At this point I turned off the TV and thought to myself that it was
time to move to Israel – which I did on September 1, 1967.JOYCE KAHN
Petah TikvaThe way it is
Sir, – The recent events with Hamas left me very
uneasy. It would appear that it thrives on perceived weakness, such as Israel’s
concern for the lives of civilians regardless of whether they are Palestinian or
The trade of one Israeli soldier for over 1,200 prisoners,
including over 400 murderers, is an example of the contempt with which Hamas
holds Israel and preys on its perceived weakness.
(Either that or its
leaders are great negotiators.) What can Israel do about the threat of having
terrorists in control of territory on its borders?
1. The death penalty should
be applicable when terrorists murder people in Israel. This would prevent
murderers from going free, and might even serve as a deterrent.
should make it clear that rocket fire is tantamount to war, and should another
war occur there will be no supplying Gaza with any supplies, including medical.
There will be no helping “innocent civilians.”
That is because most
Gazans are not innocent. They voted for Hamas and must bear the
3. Israel must make it clear that any further rocket fire
will be met with whatever it takes to stop the rockets at a minimum human cost
to Israel – regardless of the collateral damage.
If Hamas wants to place
rockets near or inside schools, hospitals, hotels and houses, and not build
shelters for its citizens, it must bear the consequences.
War is war and
unfortunately civilians must sometimes die to end wars more quickly and reduce
one’s own casualties.
The destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki during World War II in order to save hundreds of thousands of
soldiers and civilians should serve Israel as a good example.
I am not
advocating the use of nuclear weapons, but Israel has other means.
you are fighting an enemy that fears only strength, you must exhibit a
willingness to use that strength; otherwise, you are perceived as weak and must
bear the consequences.
Israel, regardless of what it does or doesn’t do
when attacked, will be perceived as evil by most human rights groups, most
Muslims and its usual internal and external enemies.
That’s the way it
is. So protect your own citizens, including soldiers. That should be the
Next comes Iran, the really big problem. But your prime
minister already knows this.ALLAN LONN
Hamilton, OntarioPaying the piper
Having defeated the Gaza wing of the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli
government should make it pay for its aggression, even though we know the
Europeans and Qatar will refill Hamas’s coffers within days.
history the aggressor, when vanquished, always covered the cost of war and paid
for the damages. Yet all we hear is that Pillar of Defense is going to cost
Israel over a billion dollars.
The just solution is for our government to
deduct, in stages, the cost of the war from the $100 million in taxes it
collects for the PA every month, and not from the Israeli public. And while it
is doing that, it should collect the NIS 700 million the PA owes to the Israel
Electric Corporation.VELVEL ZEV WEISZ
JerusalemNot by chance
There has been much controversy over those who try to explain events such as
superstorm Sandy and Operation Pillar of Defense by citing the legalization of
same-sex marriage or attempts to draft yeshiva students.
Some say that
natural disasters are just nature taking its own course. Those same people may
see the Six Day War, the First Gulf War or Pillar of Defense as having been
politics taking its own course. But others among us see a different
What may surprise readers is that none other than US president
Abraham Lincoln explained the American Civil War as God’s punishment for
allowing slavery.JOSEPH FELD
In the article “Report
claims iVoteIsrael has ties to Netanyahu ally Ron Lauder” (October 19), it was
suggested that the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation had connections to and provided
financial support to iVote Israel and One Jerusalem Ltd.
says this is false. Contrary to what was claimed in the article, the
foundation does not maintain an office in Israel, nor does it conduct any
programs or activities here.
The photograph placed next to Abraham
Katsman’s byline in “‘Israeli-occupied’ no more: New Congress takes a left turn”
(Comments & Features, November 27) was incorrect.