Sir, – Regarding “PA calls day of rage after US vetoes UN
resolution condemning settlements,” the Palestinian Authority declared war
against America with its deliberate refusal to soften an appeal to the UN
Security Council regarding Israeli settlements in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
The PA knew America would veto the resolution; it was a deliberate attempt to
weaken the US in the eyes of the Muslim world.
The fact that Britain and
France, two permanent members of the council, voted for the resolution only
demonstrates their contempt for Israel and the Jewish people.
excellent relations with other countries, such as India and Pakistan, both of
which threw off the yoke of British rule and to this day have a violent
disagreement over Kashmir, in which Britain has never taken sides. But it has
never forgiven the Jews for their forced abandonment of the British
France, with its large Muslim population, is frightened about
the prospects for its own identity, as are many other countries in Europe that
are watching events in the Middle East and wondering whether their own large
Muslim minorities will flex their muscles.ISIDORE SOLOMONS
Sir, – Whenever people condemn Israel’s presence in the West Bank or
categorically call Jewish settlements illegal, it seems they either don’t know
or choose to ignore certain facts that explain what happened in the
They disregard the fact that throughout history, in war it’s always
the winning side that keeps territory or determines what to do with it. And in a
war of defense, as was the case with Israel, this principle is even more
They ignore the fact that prior to 1967 Israel didn’t occupy
the West Bank, and that this was actually the second time Arab countries invaded
Israel. And they ignore the San Remo Conference that was validated by the UN
Charter (Article 80), which authorizes Jewish settlement anywhere in Palestine
and has never been abrogated.
Also studiously ignored is the fact that UN
Security Council Resolution 242 calls for the right of all states to live in
peace and remain free from threat and attack.
If people want to say that
Jewish settlements in the West Bank go against the spirit of the Oslo Accords,
it’s a matter that merits serious consideration. But when people categorically
insist that Israel has no right to be in Judea and Samaria, or that Jewish
settlements are unquestionably illegal, they are indulging in double standards
and ignoring a number of very significant factors.
That’s dishonesty. And
dishonesty never solved anything in the long run.RALPH (RAFI) DOBRIN
Sir, – Aside from news on the UN resolution against settlements, the
front page of your February 20 paper tells how Libyan soldiers fired upon and
killed demonstrating and mourning Libyan citizens (“Army snipers fire at Libyan
mourners, killing at least 15”).
We can see how the the UN and its member
states know their priorities.LORNE BROWN
Sir, – How stupid
can the whole world be? Nearly the entire Middle East is in turmoil, and what is
the most important issue at the UN Security Council? None other than the
condemnation of building a few houses in the “settlements” here in the tiny
democratic State of Israel.
But we should have known that, right?
Sir, – The Security Council resolution was an example of
The Palestinians are frantic to focus on anything
but the actual problem that is preventing fruitful peace negotiations with
Israel: Half the Palestinian polity is under Hamas’s thumb.
never be reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, so the Palestinians gore
Sir, – The headline regarding the PA’s
call for a “day of rage” caused rage to boil inside me.
It is we who
should be declaring outrage at the chutzpah of the UN entertaining a resolution
to condemn Israel. Further, we should say “thanks” to the US for the veto, but
“no thanks” for the practically screaming declaration by Ambassador Susan Rice
that Washington considers settlements illegal.
Resolution 242 calls for
the recognition of Israel’s right to exist, an end to the state of war
maintained by the Arab world against Israel, and secure and recognized
boundaries for Israel. It does not require Israel to return to the nonsecure
borders of pre-1967.NATAN BARUCH BEN YEHUDA
Ra’anana Even a
Sir, – The bigotry, hypocrisy and disloyalty that resonates
throughout “Angry Arab MK: Obama can go to hell” (February 20) stands in need of
appropriate comment and response.
Ostensibly, the above quote was
prompted by the recent American veto cast in the UN Security Council.
Ibrahim Sarsour, however, chooses to totally ignore the cogent truth behind the
veto (i.e., that a peace agreement is achievable only through direct
negotiations and cannot be imposed on either side).
former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and former Tunisian leader Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali of being American agents, yet no criticism of their dictatorial
rule and corruption has been heard from any Arab MK in the past 40
It is worth noting that Sarsour is a member of Israel’s
parliament, having been chosen through Israel’s completely democratic electoral
system, yet unable to find even a nanosmidgin of good in any aspect of Israel’s
behavior. He prefers to write of our “ongoing crimes against the Palestinian
people, land and holy places.”
Would it not be a wonderful and
non-controversial gesture if Israel’s Arab MKs joined in the humane and decent
gesture calling for Hamas to release Gilad Schalit? The Arab world won’t know
true democracy until a Jew is elected to an Arab parliament and free to accuse
that country of heinous crimes against humanity.ZEV CHAMUDOT
Column One rules
Sir, – If Caroline B. Glick (“Lara Logan and media rules,”
Column One, February 18) really does read the international press, she should be
aware that it is unknown who was responsible for the brutal assault on the CBS
newswoman. Yet she insists on blaming the demonstrators in Tahrir
Perhaps she should reflect that in the relaxed atmosphere in the
square after the resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak, there was less
concern as to who was joining the celebrations.
It is more likely that
the thugs who assaulted Logan were Mubarak loyalists who had displayed their
violence a few days before when they entered the square on horses and camels,
armed with vicious weapons.
And, by the way, the mob was shouting
“Israeli, Israeli!” and not “Jew, Jew!” Glick criticizes CBS News for not
reporting the incident. Is she unaware that Logan’s family requested privacy?
This was not a cover up, as Glick claims, but an example of how the media can be
sensitive to peoples’ feelings, something they are often criticized for
It was not the demonstrators who wanted to brutalize
representatives of the Western media, but this does not fit into her agenda, so
why not just change the facts for the convenience of the argument.
should wake up to the fact that the real criminals were loyalists of the brutal
Mubarak regime. It’s hard, because it suited Israel for him to stay. But it
didn’t suit the 80 million downtrodden Egyptians who want to live in a democracy
like the one that Israel is so proud to have.BARBARA F. BROWN