Sir, – I believe it is incumbent on the responsible
religious and civil settlement leadership to forthrightly and vigorously condemn
any and all acts of violence and vandalism committed by misguided and criminal
settler youth (“Government to address ‘price-tag’ attacks after violence at IDF
base,” December 14).
The parents of these young vigilantes also bear some
of the responsibility for their children’s shameful and disgraceful
Peaceful resistance and demonstrations to protest the
demolition of outposts or places deemed illegal by the lawful Israeli government
are certainly proper and essential. However, when these youngsters physically
attack IDF soldiers or Israeli policemen and wantonly destroy IDF equipment,
police cars and other property, their activities become criminal and
Sir, – The phenomenon of price-tag
attacks must stop immediately.
The army and police can run into the
settlements like a bull in a china shop to up root out the guilty parties (and
unfortunately inflict collateral damage), or the settlers, working with the
authorities, can isolate, extract and punish those responsible for the
If democracy is to prevail we have a lot of work to do to convince
the misguided youth living in the settlements to act according to accepted norms
when they have a grievance.PAUL BERMAN
Sir, – It is not
sufficient for settler leaders and rabbis to condemn attacks on the IDF,
pricetag attacks or attempts to cross the Jordanian border.
owe it to the state to provide timely information regarding possible
perpetrators of illegal activities to enable authorities to nip these activities
in the bud.
We are are and wish to remain a nation of laws.
renegades have no place in our society. Nor do their
Sir, – Neither
rioting nor mosque burning is acceptable.
However, a little perspective
is in order.
The perpetrators live under a shadow of
They have no sense of security regarding the viability of
What’s more, they have no way of understanding why
their settlements have any lesser claim to legitimacy than do Deganya or Sde
Our government provides no hint or clue as to its policies and
intentions. It offers neither incentives to leave Judea and Samaria nor the
peace of mind that comes with knowing one’s home there is
Indeed, the only empirical reference point is the cynical
evacuation of Gush Katif, where thousands were set adrift. Had there been some
tangible benefit to that forced eviction it would be one thing, but the net
effect of rendering Gaza judenrein has been unmitigated disaster.J.J.
Sir, – Does anyone see the other side of the picture? Is it good
behavior when the IDF comes in swinging to destroy another Jew’s house that the
government calls illegal? I can fill pages with examples of violence and
law-breaking by the IDF and police against what today are called “settlers,”
“extremists” and the like.
Our prime minister and defense minister have
to implement a program for soldiers and police on the way they should act toward
fellow Jews. Make them understand that when they use unnecessary violence, they
teach fellow Jews to follow their example.
Hopefully, the behavior of our
protectors will teach others that we are all Jews and cannot afford to use
terror of any kind against each other. To win the war against our enemies, we
have to learn to live in peace among ourselves.BARBARA GINSBERG