Name the objective
Sir, – Before any negotiation can start, the objective has to
As quoted by Herb Keinon in his excellent “‘Wanting it more
than the parties themselves’” (Analysis, July 22), on September 1, 2010, US
President Barack Obama defined the purpose of Israeli-Palestinian talks: “These
negotiations are intended to resolve all final-status issues. The goal is a
settlement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation which began
in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable
Palestinian State, living side-by-side in peace and security with a Jewish state
of Israel and its other neighbors.”
It is obvious to me that if, for
example, I go to a car rental company and start negotiating, the objective is to
rent a car. Or, if I go to a real estate agency and start negotiating, the
objective is to buy a house.
I think that before the start of peace
talks, both parties, Israel and the Palestinians, must agree that the purpose of
the negotiations is the emergence of an independent and viable Palestinian
state, living-side-by side in peace and security with an independent, viable and
secure Jewish state of Israel.
JOSEPH M. SCHWARCZ
The EU and
Sir, – With regard to “Europe hypocritically lashes out against Israel”
(Candidly Speaking, July 22), it would appear that the Europeans dislike US
President Barack Obama even more than they dislike the State of Israel and the
It is unavoidable to escape the conclusion that they timed the
announcement of their position in order to sabotage any possibility of renewed
talks between the Palestinians and Israel. After all, if the Palestinians can
reason that they are receiving so much without lifting a finger and continuing
their defamation of Israel, why meet? The Europeans showed no special love for
the Jews during World War II. Indeed, some of those countries were actively
involved in slaughtering Jews. Now they want Israel to give up the Western Wall
and major universities and hospitals located in east Jerusalem, and give the
Palestinians a state in the “West Bank,” knowing full well what became of Gaza
when Israel vacated it.
The Palestinians want a Jew-free state, but this
does not bother the Europeans. Apparently, old hatreds and prejudices do not
easily go away.
It is much easier for them to attack a benign Israel than
do anything about the slaughter of 100,000 people in Syria. But the Europeans
will find themselves on the losing end, for why should Israel now approve any
European projects to assist the Palestinians when the EU has made its prejudice
so clear for all to see? HENRY BORENSON Jerusalem Sir, – So the arrogant, anti-
Semitic European Union continues the continent’s age-old hostility,
discrimination, prejudice and violence toward the Jewish people by proposing to
penalize Israel because hundreds of thousands of Jewish Israeli citizens have
the temerity (and courage and right) to reside, study, work, etc. in Judea and
Samaria, the heartland of the Jewish people’s 4,000-year-old homeland.
be consistent, shouldn’t the EU also withhold its wellpadded financial
grants/wages to those Israeli NGOs that are practicing their trade beyond the
1949 armistice lines? The fact is, EU-employed, far- Left, anti-Israel, Israeli
NGO workers spend most of their long, hard days in Judea and Samaria collecting,
spying and usually fabricating venomous “evidence” of “offenses” committed by
the so-called “settlers” against local Arabs for the EU itself. In turn, these
Israeli NGOs employ and generously pay local Arabs to collect “incriminating”
data on Jewish residents (and the IDF).
It stands to reason that as these
workers are making a very good living beyond the 1949 lines, the EU must also
penalize them financially or, better still, sack them out of hand.
Sir, – The prime minister has an easy response to the EU (as
well as the UN and all those who display their venom and anti-Semitism): No more
peace talks with the Arabs until outsiders desist in setting pre-conditions; no
more peace talks until the self-called Palestinians stop spewing hate and
anti-Israel propaganda in their media; no more peace talks until the
Palestinians stop teaching their children to hate and kill Israelis; no more
peace talks until the EU, UN and others stop demanding that Israel release
murderers, which is something no other country would do.
In the 18 years
I have been living here, nothing has changed – except more demands on Israel,
more hatred of Israel and more vile acts against Israel.
please these people except the demise of Israel, and I, for one, am tired of
appeasing them, doing their bidding by offering “confidence- building” measures
or otherwise contributing to my own destruction.
I am tired of
foreigners, even Jewish foreigners, telling me how to lie down in the street and
be run over.
I would add thousands of housing units in the disputed areas
every time the UN, EU or US makes demands that threaten and diminish the one
democracy in the entire Middle East. It is long overdue for this country to act
in its own selfinterest and stop being the Jew who walked into the gas
Sir, – It would be appropriate for the
government of Israel to notify all EU countries that their representatives’
diplomatic status is restricted to the areas of Israel within the pre-1967
Should any of these representatives travel beyond those lines
they would no longer have diplomatic immunity or any of the other guarantees and
courtesies provided to diplomats by host countries.
Sir, – Why hasn’t there been any talk about an Israeli boycott of
EU-produced goods? What’s good for the goose is good for the
gander.ANITA ELLIS Jerusalem They have a choice
Sir, – Having read the
recent Jerusalem Post reports, op-eds and letters about shechita (religious
slaughter) in Poland, I am at a loss to understand the apparent frustration of
It is blatantly obvious they are, as a people, both
unliked and unwanted in Poland. What’s new? Don’t they understand? Unlike the
1930s, they now have the option of coming home to Israel. Here they will find a
warm welcome and be able to live a full and active life with their fellow Jews –
and enjoy an abundance of kosher meat.
They are welcome here. If they
choose to remain in Poland they will have to accept whatever the Poles
The choice should be obvious.
The choice is
Saba Keep the concerts
Sir, – The Israel
Broadcasting Authority has announced that it will be discontinuing the Etnachta
concert program, which has been so ably directed and hosted by Hayuta
The closure will be a major loss for hundreds of citizens of
Jerusalem who have faithfully attended and enjoyed these chamber music concerts
over the past 30 years. It will be a major loss to the thousands of listeners
all over Israel and the world. It will be the loss of a major stage for Israel’s
many first-class performers of chamber music.
It will also deprive many
visiting tourists of a chance to be acquainted with Israel’s rich musical life.
It will be an especially hard blow for many senior citizens for whom these free
concerts represent a unique weekly opportunity for relaxation and
We strongly recommend that the Broadcasting Authority
reverse its decision, even if it has to introduce a small entrance fee to do
SHALOM FREEDMAN RIFKAH GOLDBERG