More on Itamar
Sir, – Once again, innocent Jewish blood has been spilled by
perpetrators who are supposed to become our peaceful, sovereign, neighbors. To
think that the mind-set that promotes such horrors will suddenly disappear when
a “peace treaty” is signed is not only ludicrous, but very
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his PA
henchmen can sit back and apologize to our prime minister forever, but until
such time as they can honestly say to their people – in Arabic – that this
activity not only must cease, but is reprehensible, there will be no peace, no
agreements, no cooperation and no end to violence.HAIM M. LERNER
Sir, – Ahmed, a Palestinian who lives in a village near Tulkarm, who works
with me everyday, spoke to me with tears in his eyes after the atrocity at
He said the killer of the Fogel family had no God and could not
claim to have one.
Upon hearing the news of the savage murder he looked
at his own children and couldn’t fathom how a human BEING could commit such an
Will Palestinians rise up against their dictators as their brethren
are doing in other countries? I don’t know, but I’m waiting for Palestinians to
mass in protest against the terror that was committed at Itamar.
Sir, – PA President Abbas has spoken out against the
heinous crime committed at Itamar.
Responding to the accusation by our
prime minister that it was the result of hatred promoted by constant incitement,
he claimed there was no incitement, and to prove his point, he suggested that a
joint commission be formed of Israelis, Palestinians and Americans to examine
the matter thoroughly.
Why does our government not accept this invitation
immediately and show the world what the reality is? It’s there, in school
curricula, newspapers, on television, and in the innumerable instances where
Abbas himself has directly or indirectly shown his approval for terrorist
Sir, – Hearing about the savage killing of
five Israelis in Itamar, I am reminded of the constant accusation of
disproportionate responses leveled at Israel. By this logic, I can only assume
that Israel should send in IDF troops to stab to death a young family of
Palestinians as they sleep, including a three-month- old infant.
world may not like to admit it, it knows that Israelis would never countenance
such barbarity. Not in a million years did even Northern Ireland’s worst
terrorists contemplate such acts.JOHN LALOR
Lucerne, Switzerland So it’s
Sir, – I sit here in shock as Gershon Baskin looks to blame Israel
for the lack of progress in the so-called peace negotiations (“The clock is
ticking,” Encountering Peace, March 15). He babbles on and on about a
Palestinian narrative of how Israel stole all the land, made the Palestinians
refugees and now denies them their dignity.
Wow! That’s a great excuse
for the slaughter of five members of the Fogel family.
Baskin goes on
about how the Israeli people don’t want peace with the Palestinians. They don’t
want to make concessions. But how far have concessions gotten them? How many
Israelis have been murdered due these concessions? There aren’t many in Israel –
even on the Left – who have any faith in the ability of the Palestinians to
deliver anything but incitement, hatred and murder.
We are all grateful –
and I’m sure the Fogel family is very comforted – that Baskin condemns, along
with all Palestinians, the slaughter at Itamar. But he does note that Itamar is
home to some of the most fanatical settlers. I am sure that a three-month-old
infant fits into this group.
Perhaps Baskin should look for another place
to live. Why be part of such an awful nation that, unlike the loving and caring
Palestinian people, doesn’t want to be a partner for peace? JONATHAN SURASKY
Ra’anana What’s truly shocking
Sir, – I certainly agree with your March 14
editorial (“The real obstacle to peace”), but I want to point out that the
Palestinian penchant for naming streets, plazas, halls and children after
suicide bombers is something that can’t be unlearned.
For many decades,
Palestinian leaders have injected the venom that courses through their veins
into their children. There is no antidote. This condition has mutated into an
auto-immune disease that eats away at the heart and mind, without
It’s been 100 years and more in the making, so no one should be
shocked at anything. What’s shocking is that we continue to convince ourselves
that these people want to live in peace with us, or even want us to
Jerusalem The only way
Sir, – In reply to Julian
Israel’s letter (“Collateral damage,” Letters, March 13), there doesn’t seem to
be a better way than a strike to solve a seemingly insoluble problem.
the writer states, the right of social workers not to be slaves is clear.
Unfortunately, those who suffer most are their clients, who really need their
But those who employ the social workers refuse to pay them a
proper wage, and to my knowledge there is no better solution – a strike often
has an effect that nothing else can muster.
We can only hope and pray
that the social workers’ “masters” will wake up soon and cooperate by offering a
decent wage.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Netanya A note from Japan
Sir, – It is so
sad and heartbreaking to find ourselves helpless and uninformed. I am sick of
seeing nothing other than destroyed towns, lost lives and interviews with
survivors who say what they lost and what they hope for.
We get almost
all our news from local reports in newspapers and on television regarding what
happened and what is going on at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and they
cite merely what’s stated by government officials and the electric
There are no clear explanations or open discussions on why there
were explosions, even after we learned that the US had offered to airlift huge
cooling generators. We heard nothing about why the Japanese government refused
this help and started instead to pour sea water into the reactors.
should have known that these incidents could happen, as we had a similar
experience in July 2007, when an earthquake seriously damaged one of the world’s
largest nuclear power plants here. The plant was shut down for 21 months, and
part of the reactor has yet to resume operations.
In Japan, people who
put questions to the plans and practices of the government and semi-government
corporations are criticized as if they are antigovernment and extreme
We live on islands where earthquakes and typhoons attack, and
know the real power of nature.
Sometimes we feel nature is a great gift
and we enjoy every moment of beauty. We all know why we love the sakura (cherry
blossom) – we know how precious it is to see another spring come after a long
and cold winter of hardship, as if God promised our nation a gift to anticipate
and enjoy. We are attached to the sakura because its blossoms don’t last long,
but it gives us a promise and something to look forward to each
Nothing remains forever, so we remember what is important to
I really hope people on this planet remember the images they’re
seeing now and can enjoy the sakura with us in Japan when the next spring