Sir - In “Ministers approve list of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed before
Kerry’s arrival” (December 29), you quote Yaakov Peri as saying of the
prisoners: “It was not easy to get them into jail or to prove that they had
killed. I know each one of them. But a democratic state that has signed on an
agreement has to honor it. It is hard, it is tragic, it is painful and it raises
questions that I myself do not even know how to answer.”
belief. What a pitiful statement from a cabinet minister and former Shin Bet
Peri has apparently forgotten the numerous public legal agreements
that Israel entered into with the PLO and Palestinian Authority – including the
infamous Oslo Accords – that were subsequently dishonored by them in both word
and deed on every possible occasion.
Israel no longer has any binding
legal reason to honor such agreements. It is time our government showed some
backbone and stood up to the demands of the US. If it fails to do so it is
initiating a self-destruct mode.
Sir, – It is
unimaginable that the Israeli leadership has no way of telling the world about
the fact that an agreement is a twoway street.
Israel has remained silent
about what the Palestinians have done to make a working and living arrangement
Why can’t our leadership understand at this point in the
negotiating process that it is time to say no to acts of terrorism, rocket
launchings, the kidnapping of soldiers, and civilians being maimed or killed by
rock throwing? These acts have to stop. They will stop only if Israel refuses to
continue negotiating as if Israeli lives have not been abandoned.
Secretary of State John Kerry must hear this message very strongly. The message
is that Israel stands by its people.
With regard to “Israel scheduled to release 26 convicted terrorists next week as
planned” (December 25), Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, described as being from the
“right flank of Likud Beytenu,” says commitments need to be fulfilled. “In
principle,” you quote him as saying, “if we already made the basic mistake of
freeing terrorists, I do not suggest that we get into the area of not abiding by
agreements we took upon ourselves.”
It should be asked why that “basic
mistake” was made. No other country in the world would do this or be expected
Perhaps that should tell us what US President Barack Obama and
Secretary of State John Kerry really think of us.
Landau admits that the
Palestinians are not upholding their part of the deal, just as they have never
done in any agreement, but apparently the sense in Jerusalem is that not abiding
by the deal would cause Israel considerable negative diplomatic
The Palestinians don’t worry about negative diplomatic fallout.
Why should they? It is obvious to them that America is in charge and that Israel
is afraid to assert its independence.
Sir, – Coming
from a family of victims of terror, and as an Israeli citizen, I am heartbroken
and appalled. So many of the murderers of our loved ones have been released. And
for what? Remember the horrific photo of the murderer of our soldiers in
Ramallah as he proudly held up his bloodied hands after he butchered them?
During the last release he was let out to go back to one of the villages near my
community. Each time I pass by I want to scream.
It is our government
here that is irresponsible. Instead of protecting the lives and welfare of
Israeli citizens, or in fact of anyone here, it is running ahead to do just the
opposite and encourage murder and bloodshed.
Our government, with the
encouragement of the US, is stomping on the blood of our loved ones, who were
murdered only because they were Jewish. It is strengthening the resolve and
determination of the murderers and those to come. What do they have to lose?
They are feted as heroes for butchering us. God save us.YEHUDIT TAYAR
Beit Horon The writer lost two cousins in a 2003 terror attack in Kiryat Arba
Sir, – In “Report: Kerry wants release of prisoners – and Pollard – in March”
(December 29), you mention that Jonathan Pollard wrote, in an August opinion
piece for the Post: “Israel is still the only country in the world ever to
violate its own system of justice by repeatedly releasing dangerous, unrepentant
murders and terrorists back into the civilian population with impunity. Israel
has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world so befuddled
by moral ambiguity that it is willing to dishonor its dead, betray its bereaved
and disgrace its citizens for the sake of political expediency.”
If it is
possible to make the release of terrorists any more disgraceful, it is the fact
that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu actually caved in to US Secretary of
State John Kerry’s demands to enable that terrorist in a suit, Mahmoud Abbas, to
magnanimously enter into negotiations that in the end will hand over to his
terrorist organization large parts of Jewish land.EDITH OGNALL
Netanya 10 commandments
Sir, – With regard to “Welcome to Israel!” (Editorial, December
29), yes, “Israel has gained a reputation for helping other countries in time of
We are proud of ourselves as Israelis. We help each other in
times of small and big needs, in our daily routines at home, on the roads and
also in times of stress and emergency. The latest example was during the recent
But your “10 commandments of everyday etiquette” are
addressed to us adults. The only time you mention children is in commandment 8,
where you write: “Children should show respect to their elders.” The opposite
also true. So let us be (more) respectful, polite, courteous, patient, kind,
nice, gentle, etc. to our children. They are people, albeit little people, and
they will learn from us.
We enjoy reading your editorials. They give us a
feeling of shared values, like friends do for one another.LEO and
Sir, – Please delegate someone to translate “Welcome
to Israel!” into Hebrew, and insist it get printed in all the national
Safed Bureaucracy ‘virus’
Sir, – Bureaucracy in
Israel has reached a point where it is a danger to life and limb. What follows
is a case in point.
There is a dangerous corner on a road I frequently
use. I asked a local official to have “vibration lines” etched along the white
dividing line in the middle of the road to dissuade drivers from crossing it.
His reply: I would need to obtain so many permits that I’m not even going to
try! Since this scenario is no doubt repeated all over Israel, there must be
many steps that could be taken to reduce traffic accidents that are not taken
because of daunting bureaucracy.
Perhaps a national bureaucracy
monitoring authority could be set up, with powers to streamline procedures. It
should not be part of a ministry since all ministries are infected with the
bureaucracy virus at birth.
Financing could be obtained by reducing the
salaries and benefits given to Knesset members by the same percentage as that
applied recently to child allowances.GERRY MYERS