August 26: What's the difference?

Disagreement in our community over precisely which terrorist group is responsible for murders in the South sounds quite academic to me.

letters (photo credit: JP)
(photo credit: JP)
What’s the difference?
Sir, – The disagreement in our intelligence community over precisely which terrorist group is responsible for the recent murders in the South – Hamas, PRC or Jihad – sounds quite academic to me (“Disagreement in Israel over Hamas involvement in recent rocket attacks,” August 24).
The Kaddish prayer one says at the victim’s funeral is the same no matter who the killers are.
If we would just once hit them mercilessly hard, they would all cry uncle, no matter which one pulled the trigger.
Sir, – Isn’t it about time we take effective action against Hamas and its allies when they continue to rocket Israel? Destroying a Hamas rocket cell or factory isn’t enough. Let’s hit these groups where it hurts – their leaders.
Every time they fire a rocket at us, let’s totally destroy the leaders’ homes.
We know where they live, so this should be no problem.
First, however, we need to inform the world media of the plan. Then, we should warn the occupants of these houses about what is coming. An hour later, bomb the house.
Hopefully, no blood will be spilled, but those leaders and their families will be homeless.
Petah Tikva
Sir, – Martin Lewis (“Facing the rockets,” (Letters, August 24) states: “If Hamas fires rockets into our civilian population, then surely on a moral and legal basis we should do the same right back.”
If criminals try to kill police personal, does it mean the latter should go on a killing spree against suspects? No, police should bring criminals to justice.
Should people who sexually violate others be raped themselves? No, this is not the ethical way at all.
Common sense
Sir, – Ray Hanania (“The rarity of ‘common’ sense,” Yalla Peace, August 24) brought home to me what an uncommon commodity common sense really is.
Hanania is either wearing a mental blindfold or has closed his eyes. Common sense should have told him already – and repeatedly – that the Palestinians have no desire for peace with Israel. All they want is for Israel to rest in peace. That is why there is no end in sight to the conflict.
When that sinks in, Hanania will be able to write with more common sense.
The Arabs in the disputed territories could have had peace several times over if they truly wanted it, but at the cost of recognizing a Jewish state. That is something they will never do.
And that little something is what’s holding up the peace process. Nothing else.
Rishon Lezion

Feed the grassroots
Sir, – Brenda Kattan’s article (“Are we connecting?,” Comment & Features, August 15) bodes ill for us.
It clearly speaks volumes of the failed hasbara efforts in the UK. In particular, it points to the failure of the Israeli embassy staff and BICOM to rectify the situation, the latter even after 10-plus years in operation after being set up by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the UJIA.
They cast aside grassroots Zionist activists for being a thorn in their side, telling them to stop being critical of the embassy and BICOM in getting the message across both to those within the Jewish community and outside. It is to be hoped that the new ambassador to the Court of St. James, Daniel Taub, will be successful in his mission and emulate the forcefulness of former ambassador Shlomo Argov, and not be guided by the Jewish establishment, as most of his predecessors have been.
Taub should listen to the Zionist grassroots activists, who have a better feel for the situation, meeting as they do with the man on the Clapham Omnibus (Joe Public) rather than the Camerons, Hagues, Browns and Blairs of the UK body politic.