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Sir, – Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, like Minister for
Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, has missed the point in
his efforts to present Israel’s case (“Ayalon launches YouTube campaign to tell
‘The Truth About the W. Bank,’” July 19).
Their approach is archaic and
without lateral thinking.
We live in a world of graphics and sound bites,
not crude comments and winks. We have a lot to learn from our adversaries about
presenting a case.
The friends I have abroad are getting desperate since
they have no tools with which to present a balanced and rational case for
Israel. They will not get much joy from the latest amateur night out.
only way to really show us to the world is to use some of the budget the state
comptroller says is sitting unused and bring opinion-setters here to meet
ordinary people and hear their narrative. Then maybe people will really begin to
understand the problem.ZELDA HARRIS
Tel Aviv Ignorant fools
Sir, – I
read with interest, and then mounting horror, the article written so eloquently
by Nava Shoham Sohan (“Remember the fallen and what they died for,” Comment
& Features, July 19). It was about rabbinical students at Boston Hebrew
College who proposed that Israel’s Memorial Day be broadened to “open...our
communal remembrance to include losses on all sides of the conflict in
As a 60-something former American now living proudly
for over three years as an Israeli citizen, I would love to know what the
reaction of the families of Americans who died in Vietnam would be if they were
asked to share their memorial wall in Washington with the names of dead North
Vietnamese and Viet Cong.
These students, who some day are going to be
the leaders of some Jewish group or another, must be living in a cave and
probably never visited this land.
Unlike the writer, I don’t see them as
having “good intentions.” I see them as ignorant fools who know nothing and care
nothing about the rich heritage of our land and religion.DEBRA FORMAN
Modi’in Diplomatic proposal
Sir, – Since it is a given that the Palestinian
proposal for unilateral statehood will pass in the UN General Assembly, it is
not enough to ignore the proposal or simply lobby against it. Israel should
announce, very publicly, that it will vote in favor – if the GA amends the
motion to include all the specific provisions that we usually hear have been
accepted by both sides. It should introduce these one at a time to ensure that
each provision gets international endorsement.
There are three possible
1. The Arabs and their allies vote no. This is the most likely outcome.
It would leave Israel no worse off but would embarrass both the UN and those
states, especially in Europe, that have held Israel responsible for the failure
of the peace process.
2. The amendments pass although the Palestinians
declare they won’t accept them. This would prove once and for all that they are
not interested in peace. It would also be even more embarrassing for those that
have insisted Israel is at fault for the current impasse.
3. The least
likely outcome is that the Palestinians accept the amendments and use the UN
endorsement to make the case to their people that they have no other way of
establishing a state.
Since the vote will put an end to the peace process
in any event, it behooves Israel to demonstrate to the world which side has
really been the obstacle to peace.
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