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Sir, – In regard to “African migrants sent back to prison
after protest walk to Jerusalem” (December 18), all the African immigrants who
fled dictatorships came to Israel to look for protection. They knew that Israel
is the one country in the Middle East that has human rights and protects people
from those who are oppressing them. But now they are saying this is not the
Israel they thought it was.
Israel is a democratic country, but it is
turning into a dictatorship. The government, rather than protecting these
people, is dehumanizing them and denying them their basic rights.
who commit crimes aren’t put in jail without facing a judge first.
is the government putting African immigrants, who haven’t committed any crimes,
in prison? It is not acceptable behavior for the Israeli government to do this
to people looking for protection.
is a student and asylum seeker from Darfur
Views of Kerry
Sir, – In “Kerry
forces Israel’s moment of decision” (Our World, December 17), Caroline B. Glick
turns from her weekly declarations of war against friends and foes alike to
becoming a prophetess of doom.
Starting by describing as “a ghoulish
creepiness” the latest visit to Israel by US Secretary of State John Kerry,
Glick purports to know what he will propose to us in the American efforts have
Israel and the Palestinians come to a peace agreement. Basing herself on “leaks”
from the ongoing negotiations, she provides us with some not very cheerful
Glick states that Kerry’s “lethal parameters” will require
Israel to “surrender our ability to defend ourselves against foreign aggression
and Palestinian attacks....” Has she forgotten that we have security services
and the IDF, incomparably the most powerful in the region, and are supported in
no small measure by the US? In her view, Kerry’s “disastrous framework” and
“obsessive harping” should have Israel “jump ship” from the “two-state trap.”
And should negotiations with the Palestinians result in an agreement, it will
mean “our destruction within five to 15 years.” Is that really what our young
people can look forward to?
Sir, – I agree with every word of
the excellent “John Kerry’s frequent failure program” (Fundamentally Freund,
We are witnessing major turmoil in the Arab
These turbulent developments have created two political phenomena:
The Arab world has become disinterested in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict,
and most Arab states have become alienated from Kerry and President Barack
Obama. Under these circumstances there is no rational explanation for the
secretary of state’s obsessive peace engagement in our region.
for this reason, Israel must take a very cautious and reserved position toward
Kerry. It must give priority to the six-month negotiations with Iran, which will
have very serious implications for Israel’s security and very existence, and not
waste precious time on futile and irrational negotiations with the
Sir, – Crossing the
Rubicon (“Can Netanyahu cross the Rubicon?” Comment & Features, December 17)
is an apt metaphor for taking a very risky decision in life.
Yet with so
much presently at stake for the life and well-being of the State of Israel and
the Jewish people, one needs to look at the larger historical picture and ask:
“But where are mighty Rome and its Caesars now?” Albert Einstein said: “God does
not play dice with the universe.” We, the Jewish people, have no right to play
dice with the ancient, one-and-only Jewish homeland entrusted to us, which we
have done already for tragically foolish, shortterm gain that results in a
continually increasing existential peril to which many of our brightest citizens
MIRIAM L. GAVARIN