Sir, – Our so-called peace-loving Palestinian partners have massacred an
innocent civilian family, including a three-month-old baby. As far as I know,
Israel does not attack sleeping families, although if they happen to be sleeping
in proximity to a military or terrorist target collateral casualties might
Could someone please tell me what this sleeping family had to do
with anything military? Oh, I forgot, their very existence as Jews in the Land
of Israel made them legitimate targets.
And where is the reaction of the
world – which gets up in arms when three bricks are laid in Har Homa – to the
murder of a three-month-old child? As long as our so-called partners teach their
population that the murder of sleeping innocents is acceptable – nay, desirable
– there will never be peace here.MICHAEL NASH
Sir, – The
mass-murder of the family in Itamar is an unfortunate reminder of why it is very
difficult to believe that the Palestinian people (or its government) will
faithfully honor any peace agreement or take the necessary action to bring
violators to justice. Do we want to be in a position where we are more likely to
suffer such attacks? BARRY LYNN
Sir, – So unspeakably
First, a devastating hell for the innocent victims and their
Their blood cries to heaven and deserves first comment all its
own – silence and prayer just about this, a tragedy, injustice and hell beyond
But these innocent victims and their families with destroyed
lives, whose horror is simply beyond language to express, also live in a larger
world. And how horrible also for prospects for peace, and what an excuse for
Netanyahu to continue the occupation and settlements, and for continued
Nonetheless, today this is beside the
The first moments should be reserved only for these innocent
victims and the shattered lives of both the dead, whose blood again, like
Abel’s, cries out to heaven, and for their surviving loved ones.JAMES
Sir, – The tragic attack that took place at
Itamar is just one more example of what awaits innocent Israelis once a
Palestinian state is established.
Ignore at your own peril the brutality
that Arabs showcase everyday in Iraq and throughout the Middle East toward each
other. Remember that the great moderate Mahmoud Abbas called Samir Kuntar, the
monster who smashed the head of a Jewish child against the rocks, a Palestinian
Their brutality is not random.
It’s endemic, and you in
Israel are its prime target.
Give them a safe haven – go ahead. The world
will love you again.MEL FRIEDMAN
San Antonio, Texas
Sir, – Not long ago
our “peace” partner, Abu Mazen, dedicated a school in memory of a Palestinian
“martyr” who murdered a few innocent Jewish men, women and children.
wonder how long it will take him to commemorate those responsible for the heroic
act of slitting the throats of five Jews, including small children, while they
were asleep. I am curious whether it will be a town square or a new school that
will be named after these “heroes.”JOSHUA J. ADLER
Sir, – We
who support peace in Israel/Palestine remain particularly – and disturbingly –
How can we not condemn fully, openly such a brutal attack,
murdering a young couple and three precious children? Slicing their throats!
Truly barbaric! How dare we remain silent yet call ourselves peacemakers? We arm
ourselves with excuses: They were settlers, they brought it upon themselves;
they were occupiers, so they are not innocent, not even the children; we’ve been
occupied for 40-plus years and we’re warped, frustrated and driven mad because
of it, and not responsible for our own actions; it’s justifiable revenge for
what they have done to us for decades....
We who support a free Palestine
offer our excuses... or remain silent. We will become irrelevant, as many
prophesize, unless we condemn categorically these repugnant
Nothing excuses such murderous brutality.
remain silent deserve their irrelevance.JUDY BAMBERGER
Sir, – When Israel finds – and it will find – the terrorists who
murdered the family in Itamar, a process should be undertaken quickly to enact a
death sentence for terrorists. These murderers does not deserve to be put in a
comfortable jail.RUTH BRUNELL
Sir, – It is time for Israel to
develop a plan that will put an end to the terrorist savagery that resulted in
the slaughter of five innocent members of one family in Itamar. My plan calls
for Israel to demand that the Palestine Authority find and turn over the
terrorists involved within five days. Otherwise, we will bomb Ramallah and PA
installations until the murderers are turned over.
Such action would not
harm the reputation of Israel at the UN, which cannot get much worse.
further concessions to the PA without decisive actions against terrorists
encourage more of the same and endanger the lives of innocent Israeli
families.RABBI SHLOMO WEXLER
Sir, – When will Prime Minister
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak realize there is no way peace can be
established between Israel and those whose main goal is to eradicate it? When
will they stop begging the Palestinians to make peace? It’s obvious that they
they want nothing of the kind.
The response to the slayings at Itamar,
other than prosecuting the murderers, is to establish a brand new settlement
right next door of 500 units – 100 for each life taken. Will our leaders have
the courage to do this?
Sir, – I am shaken to the
Are we living in Kishinev or are we in the modern Jewish state of
Israel? The government should immediately begin building hundreds of homes in
Judea and Samaria in response to these savage murders. This is the fitting,
It is an outrage to continue dismantling roadblocks and
to continue the construction freeze in the wake of this atrocity.TARA
Sir, – Surely, no one would advocate for allowing the murderers of
babies in their beds to go unpunished. Yet so many well-intentioned Israelis
advocate just that when they pressure our government to seek Gilad Schalit’s
freedom at any cost. I hope and pray that the soldier’s return is obtained
through other means.
May God comfort and protect the surviving Fogel
children so that their lives may be rebuilt.SHARON LINDENBAUM
Sir, – Our prime minister has promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. I
am sure that stirring words are just what’s required to scare off future
terrorists and force the PA to take concrete steps to eliminate incitement
against Jews and the Jewish state.
Each time Netanyahu flaps his wings
and squawks like a frightened duck he loses another few thousand votes. In the
last election I voted Likud, but not again. If Netanyahu wants to regain my
support he must change his rhetoric and, most important, his actions.
first duty of the leader of this or any country is to protect the lives of
citizens. On this test, Netanyahu is failing dismally. It is time to
change.STEPHEN S. COHEN