Is this gambling...
Sir, – Ever since the Yom Kippur War, Israel has been
playing the “land-for-peace” card, meaning we give up land and we get peace. How
has this played out? After the 1973 war we retreated from the Suez Canal and
got... nothing. After Camp David later in the decade we left Sinai. We got
non-belligerency, hate articles in the press, no real economic or cultural
exchanges, and even a few murders.
With Oslo we left Areas A and B, and
bombs exploded in our faces. Then, the second intifada brought suicide bombings,
wreckage and mourning. By disengaging from Gaza we took with us all our
people... and got mortar shells, rockets and a kidnapping.
are not playing this card very well. So maybe we should let our “peace partners”
play it instead: They give us the land where our settlements are, and we give
I am sure we can count on ourselves to keep a real peace –
economic and cultural cooperation, no suicide bombings, no rockets, no
Sir, – The demand for a referendum
before land can be surrendered to the Palestinians is a symptom of the lack of
trust Israelis have in their elected representatives.
referendum law is badly worded and far too restrictive.
It should be
amended to require popular approval for: • Any change in the extent or quality
of Israeli sovereignty.
This would include an increase, like formally
annexing the Golan Heights or any area part of Area C, or a decrease, such as
abandoning any part Judea or Samaria.
• Any action that is clearly in
contravention of the party platform on which the major members of the coalition
were elected. One example is releasing convicted criminals, which the Likud
vowed never to do.
Of course, given the deviousness and immorality of our
leaders, I doubt that such an amendment would be implemented.
government would find a way to reverse it when most needed.
for me, I hold dual citizenship. If our craven government succeeds in giving my
home away I will have the option of returning to a Western democracy, an option
I will exercise.
Sir, – This is not the
first time that murderers will be released to start peace talks (only to have a
good number of those murderers go back and kill again). But it’s the first time
I feel that Israelis with blood on their hands for murdering Arabs should also
It has become all too one-sided.
...or plain insanity?
Sir, – Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying that the
definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and
expecting different results.
Releasing murderous prisoners who have been
given multiple life sentences, and doing so in the hope of having a peace
process when multiple times before such talks have proved unsuccessful, shows
this government is insane.
I shall not be insane and vote for the Likud
again. I believe that with this move the party has undermined its strongest
pillar of support within the nation and will be rendered irrelevant in the next
Sir, – One
thing that has been ingrained in us since the Shoah is that we must take the
threats of our adversaries seriously.
Therefore, I have difficulty
understanding how we, through our government or the government of the United
States, can be complicit in the establishment of an apartheid State of Palestine
(“Abbas wants ‘not a single Israeli’ in Palestinian state,” July
EPHRAIM I. ZIMAND
Sir, – If Palestine is to be without
Jews, there are two ways to react (and they are not mutually
First, the cost of transfer back to Israel of Jews living in
what will be the Palestinian state should be borne by the Palestinians, who
might receive assistance from the EU or other groups that feel judenrein is
acceptable. Second, Israel should be Arab-free (what’s sauce for the goose is
sauce for the gander, so to speak). Since this would be precipitated by the
Palestinians, they should foot the bill for this as well.
Sir, – I felt that both Martin Sherman’s
“Resign, just resign!” (Into the Fray, August 2) and Caroline B. Glick’s “Bibi
and the true believers” (Column One, August 2) employed needless abusive
rhetoric in referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and tasteless and
vulgar language in referring to Israelis who do not share their political
I realize that the issues under discussion are deeply
provocative and sensitive, but nonetheless this sort of language is unworthy of
both of these writers, and of The Jerusalem Post.
I believe that both
Sherman and Glick are well-informed and knowledgeable political pundits, and
well-versed in Middle East diplomacy and, of course, the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This is why it is so hard for me to understand how both of them fail to
understand that our prime minister is trying to deal with an almost impossible
Netanyahu is walking a very thin tightrope in
trying to keep Israel secure and protect its essential interests while at the
same time trying to satisfy the unfair demands of an international community
that is biased against us and favors our Palestinian enemies.
that both fail to fully understand that entirely apart from international
pressure, Israel deeply wants and needs peace and security for itself and its
Palestinian neighbors. This is why our government is willing to make
disproportional concessions like prisoner releases in the hope of moderating
Palestinian rejectionism, even though the Palestinians have not yet disabused
themselves of their vile dreams of our destruction.
I do not expect
Sherman or Glick to support policies they oppose, but I do expect them to couch
their opposition in relatively refined prose and the understanding I am sure
they possess of Israel’s precarious diplomatic situation.
Kiryat Arba Tell us more
Sir, – After reading in your newspaper about a
decapitated body in a suitcase, my spirits were lifted to read about
Cyril Sherer (“The good old doctor – 92 years young,” Health &
Science, August 4).
Dr. Sherer is amazing for his age. Kol hakavod! I
wish you would do another article on him, telling us all about his daily regimen
and more or less what he consumes each day. He looks 20 years younger than 92!
Thank you for brightening my day, Judy Siegel-Itzkovich.
Jerusalem The writer’s late husband was a physician
India in the
Sir, – Journalist and travel writer Ben G. Frank’s excellent article about
the Cochin Jews of India (“India’s living evidence of Jewish pride and honor,”
Travel Trends, July 21) should instill interest in a visit to Moshav Nevatim, 15
minutes outside Beersheba.
Many Cochin immigrants settled at the moshav,
where the Cochin Jewish Heritage Center will give visitors an excellent
background of the community’s past in India. The beautiful synagogue there is a
replica of the house of worship in Cochin (now known as Kochi).