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Sir, – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “As long
as Israel does not accept a Palestinian state, there is not much to talk about
in terms of trying to achieve peace, because peace can be made between two
states... it is something we have to look at” (“Erdogan: First create
Palestinian state, then peace can be made,” May 19).
But before looking
at Israel and criticizing it, should he not look over at his own country? That
quotation of his applies far more so to his own country, specifically to the
The Kurds deserve a country of their own. I cannot understand why
Israel and the West do not take these Kurds under their wing; after all, they
are a peaceable people, generally not inclined to violence or
There are some 35 million Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Syria,
where they live as a mistreated minority, compared to 8 million so-called
Palestinian Arabs worldwide who are constantly involved in violence and creating
disharmony but unable to run the semblance of a country.JOE FRANKL
Savyon Last song
Sir, – I think that it is high time that the powers that be at
IBA and Channel 1 TV have second thoughts about continuing to send an entrant to
future socalled Eurovision song contests (“Israel fails to advance to Eurovision
final,” May 19).
With anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism running rampant, and
with the Russian bloc of the old USSR and their neighbors and other groups of
countries ganging up to vote for each other, the Israeli song has less than a
snowball’s chance in hell of getting past the first stage in any event.
am sure that the time and effort – and especially the amount of money involved –
could be used for better purposes in promoting local music and
Sir, – Alon Tal, chairman of
the Green movement, implies that the gas found off the coast of Israel belongs
exclusively to the government of Israel (“Natural-gas exports: A debate over
values, not numbers,” Business and Finance, May 19).
Nowhere does he
consider the rights of the entrepreneurs who took the risk of exploring for it
and will pay for the huge costs of developing it for the benefit of the nation
as a whole. Apart from this being contrary to all accepted legal principles, it
will be counterproductive in the long run.
In the first place, the
royalties which will be imposed on the owners of the field have already been
retroactively increased dramatically from those agreed on in the initial lease
signed by the government and the explorers. This in itself is both immoral and a
breach of international law. Limiting the amount the owners can export is a
further encroachment on their natural rights.
Tal is willing to ignore
all legal precedents and strip the owners of their legal rights, in order to
ensure that Israelis will enjoy cheap energy for decades to
However, even if the immorality and illegality of this approach is
ignored, there is a practical objection.
Technological advances may well
make further exploration for oil or gas possible in places currently
inaccessible. It is certain that these techniques will be even more expensive
than current ones. Which entrepreneur in his right mind would risk the huge sums
required if he feared that any benefits would be stolen, while the costs, if the
exploration were a failure, would be his alone to bear? Tal, as a typical
socialist, looks to government control to achieve immediate short-term benefits
for the nation, but ignores the obvious long-term consequences.
thinking like this that has always resulted in disaster whenever socialist
ideologues have attempted to control the economy. It destroyed the Soviet Union,
and is well on its way to sinking the entire European economy.STEPHEN