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A presidential liability
Sir, – I agree with Michael Freund (“Shimon’s Balderdash,” Fundamentally Freund,
Comment and Features, May 28).
Here we have a president – an unelected
political appointment in his twilight years – unapologetic for his
responsibility to the hundreds of our people who died unnecessarily due to his
disastrous involvement in the Oslo Accords.
He acted in concert with
pathetic characters, together with Arab thugs, murderers and gangsters. I am
irate that he still acts like he wants to be prime minister and influence our
He has had his chance as a failed, deposed and recycled
political leader. He should not be allowed a platform to act as a spokesman for
our government or our way of life.
JACK DAVIS Jerusalem.
Bravo to Michael Freund for saying what has long needed to be said. Our
president has long since outstayed his usefulness and has become a
Notwithstanding his popularity abroad (he says what they want
to hear), he is an obstacle to achieving an accommodation with the Arab world.
Not content with engineering the Oslo disaster, he wants us to continue in the
same tragic path. This man, who has said that we can learn nothing from history,
seems to have extended this gem of wisdom to learning nothing from the present.
His rosetinted future cannot be reached from here, and certainly not by ignoring
I do, however, disagree with Freund’s analogy to
flying lessons offered by the captain of the Hindenberg.
At least Max
Pruss was not the designer of the ill-fated Zeppelin.
Sir, – Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz is totally correct
about the president getting involved in areas beyond his remit (“Steinitz: Peres
doesn’t speak for government,” May 27).
The president holds a titular
role – somewhat like the royals worldwide, who do not make their political views
known but respect those of the democratically elected government. The president
acts outside the law and it is time he was brought to book by this government:
Either he stops this interference or he resigns.
We cannot go on with the
situation – we are becoming the laughing stock of the world.
Sir, – Yuval Steinitz’s latest comments on President Shimon
Peres’s speech at the World Economic Forum were certainly uncalled for by the
so-called strategic affairs minister, whose only strategy will be to make
certain no negotiations take place. Should they take place, despite every effort
to make them fail, any serious discussions will have to consider maybe some
evacuation of settlements, anathema in any circumstance to both Steinitz and
Tourism Minister Uzi Landau.
They are playing a dangerous game and acting
irresponsibly. Rather than always stating what he won’t do, Steinitz should try
to present some original strategic thinking, which is his job. He is the wrong
man in the wrong place, and a very poor choice as a minister.
Sir, – Why are so many people surprised by President Shimon Peres
dabbling in politics when he should be representing the entire nation? It would
do us well to remember the words of our martyred leader Yitzhak Rabin. He warned
us to keep Jerusalem as our united capital, to insist that a Palestinian state
(if one were to arise in Judea and Samaria) remain demilitarized, and to
maintain an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley.
warned us that Shimon Peres is an “incessant underminer” (hatran bilti-nil’eh).
These are Rabin’s principles, that should come to mind when we do honor to his
memory every November.
DOUG GREENER Jerusalem
CORRECTION: The last line
in Thursday’s editorial (“Nasrallah’s harangue,” May 30) should have read, “This
is a heartening development for Israel and a welcome byproduct from its policy