In good faith
Sir, – The call by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to the
international community to pressure PA President Mahmoud Abbas to ‘negotiate’ is
devoid of any common sense and, as a lawyer, Livni should know this (“Livni:
Abbas must be pressured to negotiate,” May 29).
To negotiate in good
faith there must be a desire to come to an agreement. If Abbas refuses to come
to the table with or without preconditions, it does not show a genuine desire to
agree with whatever may be the outcome.
He can always say that during
negotiations I had my fingers crossed behind my back and am therefore not bound
by any decision I was forced by the international community to make.
of the problems is that even if some agreement should be made, the Palestinians
can always say that Abbas’s term as leader came to an end some years ago and
therefore he cannot speak for them. He certainly cannot speak for the Arabs
living in Gaza under Hamas rule, with whom he cannot even come to any agreement
after numerous tries and after being pressured by Egypt. If the Arabs in Judea
and Samaria cannot come to an agreement with those in Gaza, what hope is there
for a genuine agreement being made with Israel assuming that Abbas is pressured
to negotiate? CYRIL ATKINS
Sir, – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
said last week that Israel was willing to make concessions for
“We’re prepared to compromise for peace, for genuine peace, this
is our most fervent hope to live in peace with our neighbors,” he
It should be obvious by now that there is no such thing as
“compromise” when it comes to our security, because the enemy sees it as a sign
of desperation and weakness, takes advantage of it and waits for the next
concession, weakening us even further until we have reached a point of no
Who in their right mind would want to relive the disasters we
have already experienced through concessions for peace? Peace comes only when
one’s enemy has been destroyed or weakened to the extent that they understand
they will never ever be allowed to harm even one more Jew.
points out “My understanding is that [Bayit Yehudi party head] Naftali Bennett
is willing to live with negotiations and this is a window that I can work with
for a while,” I can only interpret that as yet another ‘right-winger’ biting the
Unfortunately we discover that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, whom
we thought would be the champion of Judea and Samaria, has also gone the same
When the Jewish communities from Judea and Samaria wanted to
directly face Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, an appointee of Ehud Barak, in the presence
of MKs, Ya’alon took the side of Alon and refused the request of the
I think we are in serious trouble, but it need not be like
We have to believe in the justness of our cause and proudly and
with faith stand strong in the face of all pressure.YENTEL JACOBS
Netanya Equally frustrated
Sir, – Josh Hasten asserts the need to respond
forcefully to the upswing in violence targeting Israeli civilians in Judea and
Samaria (“Call it what you want, the terror must stop,” View From the Hills,
Comment and Features, May 29).
Unfortunately, he does not mention
parallel violence aimed at Palestinians, including Israeli citizens, as noted in
The Jerusalem Post the following day (“‘Price tag’ attacks target cars in Jordan
Valley, east Jerusalem,” May 30).
While Hasten says that the IDF must be
allowed to protect citizens whose lives are being threatened, the most recent
price-tag attacks cannot be explained on those grounds. All indications are that
they were committed in commemoration of a terrorist attack that took place at
the Tapuah Junction 30 years ago.
Hasten observes that Jewish residents
of Judea and Samaria are “becoming frustrated” by the lack of tangible changes
to the security situation on the ground. Palestinians have every right to be
equally frustrated if their lives and property are not adequately protected by
Israeli officials. Frustration on both sides can only increase the likelihood of
Price-tag terrorists embarrass Israel before the
world. In doing so, they harm our nation more than our enemies ever could. It
matters not what cause they claim to champion. Their cowardly attacks against
those who are least able to defend themselves are intolerable. We must not allow
a bunch of barbarians to debase our society through their lawless
behavior.EFRAIM A. COHEN
Congratulations to MK Yariv Levin for finally telling it as it is (“MK submits
bill to give legal priority to state’s Jewishness,” May 28).
Why, when it
is so much safer and easier to make a living elsewhere, do we live in Israel, if
not for the fact that it is a Jewish state? Why do our parents, children, and
grandchildren spend years in the military instead of in school or working? And
why, as Jews, do we spend years worrying about them? We are here because it is a
Jewish state, not because it is a democracy.
Centuries of persecution, if
nothing else, have taught us that we are not like other people or other
countries. We need to present ourselves, and pride ourselves, on what we are and
not try to emulate others. We need to treat everyone in a democratic fashion,
but we are primarily a Jewish state.
Perhaps if we are proud to be Jews
in our own Jewish land, others will respect us, too.SARA SMITH
Sir, – I read with great interest the article “Israel’s legal
headache” by Yonah Jeremy Bob (Rule of Law, Frontlines, May 24) and thought it
was an excellent piece of journalism. The legal problems with the African
migrants are indeed complicated and I hope our best minds use wisdom in finding
I am, however, also very concerned about Israel’s moral
headache. We are the people who are taught “Be kind to the stranger, for you
were strangers in the land of Egypt.” I hope every effort will be made to appeal
to the UN and peaceful countries in the world to accept some of these refugees,
as we most certainly are not peaceful and do not have the means to keep them
here. Nor can they be sent back to countries where they will be abused and
I wonder if anyone has thought of the idea of offering
some of them conversion classes? Rather than having them sit in confinement with
nothing to do, can they not be offered education? This is something every Arab
prisoner has access to – even the murderers and terrorists.
received converts from every group in the world – why not African migrants who
have landed in our laps and have suffered so much?
Sir, – The Knesset is so busy debating how haredim should serve in
the army or national service that it has not paid attention to the problems of
our finding oil and natural gas. These deposits of oil and natural gas can make
a very great difference in the economy of Israel. We need someone to manage the
new economy, to lower the prices of electricity, to decide what should be
exported and in general to function like the chairman of the Bank of
We need to place our faith in a person above politics, someone
who the Knesset respects but can’t bully. This is an opportunity for Israel to
really do things effectively and thus protect itself.
draft war is a prime example of the political agenda of each participating
Knesset party. It shows that the political interests of parties are more
important to them than the national need. This cannot be allowed to happen with
Israel’s greatest asset.
For the sake of Israel, we must act