Sir, – From the photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry
holding his thumb and index finger together (“Cutting Iran some slack,”
Diplomacy, November 29), it is clear that he is holding peace, a very tiny, itty
bitty peace, that is sure to slip out of those slippery fingers because the left
hand, which is not shown, is cutting Israel’s throat.
I would ask that
next time you show the whole picture.
But how could you know? After all,
Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman never disclosed her months of secret
negotiations that would sell out peace and Western Civilization. We do know how
terribly she performed with North Korea.
Shouldn’t we all know by now? By
we, I mean Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Post
columnists Gershon Baskin and Uri Savir, Justice Minister and peace negotiator
Tzipi Livni, the European Union, US President Barack Obama and all those who do
not see the whole picture.
Sir, – The Obama
administration promised to be transparent.
But it is not. It has been the
most secretive administration in the modern era.
The news that it has
been negotiating with Iran for months should be the diplomatic lie of President
Barack Obama’s years in office. That he can brazenly say the Geneva deal is one
that all countries should rejoice over makes for all the more reasons to
question his motives and actions.
The world cannot trust the United
States to be a force for good. Europe might rejoice because it hopes to do
ever-increasing business with Iran. Russia thinks it can control Iran but is
mistaken; no one controls Iran except the mullahs, and their aim is to bring
about a Shi’ite world order under their control.
Who knows what will
happen now. Everyone must protect himself and know that American pledges are not
worth anything.THELMA SUSSWEIN
Sir, – The Geneva deal was a
huge mistake that will be regretted when we discover that Iran cannot be
President Obama committed one of the worst blunders of his
failed administration. It will have a negative effect not only on America, but
on Israel and part of the Middle East as well.
Iranian leaders are lying
when they say their nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes, including
medical research and the generation of electricity. No concessions must be
Silver Spring, Maryland Matter of time
Sir, – Martin
Sherman (“Will the West withstand the Obama presidency?” Into the Fray, November
29) provides a macro- strategic insight into US President Barack Obama’s Middle
One can deduce from Sherman’s analysis that Obama is
deliberately orienting his grand Middle East efforts to forging an alliance with
a nuclear-armed Iran at the expense of Israel and the Gulf states. If this
assumption is correct, it’s only a matter of time before the region will be at
The shadow of Chamberlain clouds our horizon. We would do well to
remember what Churchill said: You were given the choice between war and
You chose dishonor and you will have war.
Zichron Ya’acov No, no, no
Sir, – A report, important enough to make your front
page (“Vatican advance team to plan pope’s visit,” November 29), makes me wonder
if our prime minister will be asked by the Vatican for a quid pro quo in the
form of control of the Cenacle (location of the Last Supper) on Mount
I do not know what the pontiff has to offer, but please,
Netanyahu, practice saying no!
Sir, – With regard to “Esther Pollard: Obama, pardon my husband instead
of a turkey” (November 28), what is it that US presidents fear about the release
of Jonathan Pollard? What secret is stored in the sentencing file they keep
locked away from the public? They are determined that Jonathan shall never walk
out of prison, free to speak about his case. Why? There is no definite
indication of a connection to anti-Semitism or animosity for Israel, though
these cannot be ruled out. Can Pollard’s unjust length of incarceration be a
lesson to Israel or to Jews working in government positions of trust?
However, the severity of the sentence, the determinative
involvement of then-secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger, and the ongoing
opposition of certain government officials to clemency indicate an even stronger
With so many former high-ranking government officials now calling
for an end to the excessive punishment, Pollard should be a free man – unless
some threat to person or country demands that presidents ensure a secret will
not be revealed. Was Weinberger somehow involved in what may not be disclosed?
Certainly he played a role in turning Pollard from a convict into a
And what has prevented successive Israeli prime ministers from
demanding Pollard’s release as a condition for satisfying the demand by American
presidents for many Israeli concessions? The case of Jonathan Pollard presents
us with a tragedy and a mystery. A man is being sacrificed.
But for what?
Sir, – An agreement in which the
Palestinians get everything they ask for, except the right of return, will give
them exactly what they would have received had they settled the conflict in 1967
or even 1949. If that is all they get, their suffering over the past 46 or 64
years has basically been for nothing, and must be attributed to the failure of
their leadership to settle at the time.
It is clear that the Palestinians
must envision a future in which the available offers get progressively worse.
Given their values, the only way to do this is to take bits of territory
incrementally off the table, holding out the prospect that further delays will
lead to their getting basically nothing.
Israel’s settlement activity
does this. Like them or not, and contrary to the case usually made, the
settlements are the one aspect of the conflict that can result in an
Alter the Palestinians’ perceptions in the right direction and
it is possible to create a dynamic in which their leaders will agree to