Sir, – The “Nakba” protests, recklessly orchestrated by desperate Arab regimes
as a distraction from their own woes, were a somewhat purposeless
Anyone with a smattering of historical education knows the
catastrophe was entirely self-inflicted, when all the Arab states rejected the
1947 UN Partition Plan to divide Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state,
preferring to launch a war to destroy the fledgling Jewish entity at its
Surely, it would be far more intelligent for Palestinians to
accept irrefutable facts and negotiate with Israel a mutually acceptable
solution to this conflict.RAYMOND CANNON
Sir, – The Palestinians
have aptly named “Nakba Day.” The catastrophe they are commemorating is of their
own making. They have only themselves and their current and previous leaders to
But we must look to ourselves for the naivete of our own leaders
in assuming that the Nakba Day demonstrations would be peaceful.
Ehud Barak allow our borders to be invaded by Arab protesters from Syria. They
had no fear, knowing that we would not shoot to kill, as Assad does. How dare
Barak believe his own delusions and ignore the tumult throughout the Arab world
and assume we would remain somehow insulated from it all.
Would the US,
Britain, France or Russia allow the invasion of their territories and remain
indifferent? What message was sent to these infiltrators for the future? Liberal
ideas and democracy do not provide answers to uncontrolled mobs threatening the
stability and harmony of our land.
Bullets and force would be US
President Obama’s answer without “due process of law,” and he would be
These were the first shots for the Right of Return.JOSH
AND BLOSSOM WIESEN
Sir, – As always, Caroline B. Glick relentlessly hits
the nail on its head (“Ehud Barak’s latest Nakba,” Our World, May 17)
Incredulously, despite numerous failures and disastrous mismanagement of his
ministry, our defense minister is still arrogantly strutting his stuff thanks to
the unassailable trust and support of his old army buddy, Bibi Netanyahu, who
should be warned that his misplaced loyalty rather than the security and
well-being of his electorate will cost him dearly! GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Sir, – Where was the United Nations on Sunday? Where were UNDOF and UNIFIL, its
observer forces and peace-keepers? Did they do anything to stop the rioting and
aggression? Where were they hiding? HELA CROWN-TAMIR
Sir, – In view
of the masses who tried to break through our borders, it would seem that we are
prematurely hailing the rise of democracy in the Arab world. I think we are in
more danger from mobocracy than from dictatorships.
For a long time there
was a debate: Are Arab dictators preventing peace with Israel while their masses
would love to make peace, or are the Arab masses so full of hatred for Israel
that their leaders dare not make peace for fear of their lives? I prefer
dictators who make peace with Israel than anarchic mobs who want to destroy us
by flooding our borders.JACOB CHINITZ
Sir, – Am I confused, or
is the invasion of Israeli territory by her enemies an act of war? Just how is
this invasion to be considered peaceful when the obvious objective is to do
harm? One too-many red lines has already been crossed.DINA ROSENBERG
Sir, – Thank you for your expanded coverage of the “Nakba Day”
events, especially by Ruth Eglash (“Tweeting the ‘Nakba,’” Comment &
Features, May 17).
As Eglash states about the commemoration, it “never
before enjoyed so much international attention or local ferocity.” All the more
reason to emphasize that Israeli Arab pain, in particular, should be directed to
the surrounding Arab countries and to their own leaders of that
Even more so, the plight of the Palestinian Arabs would most likely
have been even worse had the invading Arab armies defeated the Palestinian Jews.
Had the foreign invasion succeeded, the Palestinian Arabs would still not have
had a state. Instead, continual war would have ravaged them and the land as the
conquering Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian armies fought among themselves
for control. All the Arabs in the land would have been forced to choose sides,
thereby increasing their catastrophe.
So, as far as Israel’s Arab
citizens are concerned, the establishment of the country and its victory over
the invaders were the best things that could have happened.
More so, the
juxtaposition of Israel, separating the Arab dictatorships one from the other
for the past 63 years, has been and remains the best thing for the people of
those countries. They have been saved from countless internecine wars, much
bloodier than anything suffered from their repeated aggressions against
The world may not be willing or able to stop the current
bloodbath in Syria, but at least the existence of Israel prevents it from
spilling over existing borders.
So the next time any Arab says that the
creation of Israel was a disaster, tell him or her to think again! But then, of
course, how difficult it is for anyone to say, like the old cartoon character
Pogo, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”AARON BASHANI
– My congratulations on your hard-hitting editorial “Repeating the Nakba
mistake” (May 13).
The real Nakba is the catastrophic legacy of a
1,400-year-old ideology that has no place in the modern world.
the seventh century, the Arabs united vast lands through warfare, and Islam was
fashioned as a doctrine to justify and regulate those conquests. The Muslims
became a ruling elite and prospered from taxes levied on their non-Muslim
subjects. Times were good. But times have changed.
The same task of
unifying vast lands has arisen for the Arabs once again, but it cannot be done
by force. It must be accomplished through diplomatic skills that respect
diversity and human rights.
One need only look at America to see it is
possible to peacefully unite a diverse population.
The persistence of the
jihad mentality is responsible for much of the chaos gripping the Middle East,
and blaming Israel is not going to fix it.DAVID KATCOFF
Sir, – It was not surprising to read “Herzl would be disappointed with the
Jewish state, 39% of Israelis say” (May 15).
We have given Nakba Day such
a high profile by bringing in yet another restrictive law aimed at only one
sector of our citizens, albeit a large sector. On the other hand, the Arabs in
Israel are using their democratic rights.
We have humiliated and
exploited foreign workers who come to do menial jobs that Israelis refuse to do
or for which they demand a realistic wage. Interior Minister Eli Yishai is now
angling for another law to prevent them from working in certain
This reminds me of the British who in the 1940s denied German
Jewish “aliens” access to major cities and forced them to work on farms or in
the mines. The difference is that at the end of World War II they were given
rights to become full-blown citizens.
Herzl would have been proud of our
hi-tech and academic achievements for which we receive worldwide acclaim, but
would have found us wanting on wisdom, vision and tolerance at home.
you will it, it is no dream. Have we lost the will?ZELDA HARRIS