Sir, – Your lead headline on November 8 (“ Kerry warns of third intifada if
peace talks break down”) reads like a threat, more typical of the Sopranos than
what one expects from a US secretary of state.
It seems the Palestinians
have found a new spokesman in this “unbiased” US diplomat. Is this a new tool in
the bag of US diplomacy to be used only against its ally Israel? Threatening
violence “or else” will certainly not lead to peace.
Sir, – I wonder when people like US Secretary of State John
Kerry, his cohorts at the State Department, President Barak Obama and the rest
of the United States government will have the courage to take the unpopular and
politically incorrect position of laying the failure of the “peace process” on
the correct individuals.
Israel is expected to make all the concessions
for “peace” and receive nothing in return. We are expected to take all the
chances, with no assurance that there will be reciprocity from our “Palestinian
partners in peace.”
It is said that the definition of insanity is doing
the exact same thing over and over and expecting different results. It is my
opinion that we have been involved in this insanity for far too long and at too
high a price in loss of human life and damage to the State of Israel’s
reputation in the area and the world.
I think it is time for our prime
minister, members of his cabinet, the government of the State of Israel, our
communications outlets and the people to just tell the truth to the world of
what exactly is going on here and not back down and give in to criticism from
the rest of the world, which could not care less and probably would be much
happier if we ceased to exist as a people and a country.
Sir, – John Kerry came to the Middle East on a so-called peace
mission, but it turns out that he has become a prophet of doom.
Israel does is never enough. That is why the process cannot go
The Palestinians and Kerry use construction in the West Bank as
a stumbling block for the talks, but no mention is made of the tunnels they
build with materials we send for the benefit of the people of the Gaza Strip.
Those tunnels are built with the intent to enter Israel and kill and kidnap its
Wake up, Mr. Kerry, and see the picture as it is. Do not be
biased in your opinion.
Sir, – As I recall, US
Secretary of State John Kerry instructed that he was the only one allowed to
make statements about the current negotiations. Did he mean that he was the only
one who would use his words to incite the Palestinians and threaten Israel?
Where is his expertise in remaining neutral? It is very clear that Kerry’s
warning of a third intifada is an invitation to the Palestinians to do just that
if the talks break down. He would be better off staying out of this whole matter
and concentrate on more important problems confronting the US and the
Sir, – So John Kerry thinks we’d better give
the Palestinians everything they want or there’ll be a third intifada. Why
doesn’t he ask the Palestinians what they really want – their own state, for
which they should come to a compromise with Israel , or an intifada, in which
case there’s not much to talk about? Meanwhile, the US is getting ready to let
Iran off the hook in return for... well, for nothing apparently. It must be the
money that US exporters are going to get from sales to Iran. I can’t think of
any other hold the Iranians have over the US.
At the same time, the Left
keeps telling us that if we don’t give the US everything it demands, it won’t be
our friend anymore – like Europe. Well, from the looks of it the US already is
not our friend. Can Israel really not survive without America’s backing? Not
wishing to be too pessimistic, it bodes ill for Israel’s future.
feels free to make demands on Israel while any demands Israel makes are declined
or ignored. Perhaps we should tell the US that we will no longer give in to any
more one-sided pressure and that we will give up nothing more to the
Palestinians until Jonathan Pollard is released.
Sir, – The question is not whether Israel wants an intifada, but whether
America wants a democratic world.
Everyone knows that the Muslim world is
full of corruption and hate for anything democratic.
America knows that
the Muslim world despises the success of Israel. Here women drive, Child brides
are illegal. Multiple wives are not allowed. Honor killings are
US Secretary of State John Kerry is promoting disaster for
democracy. He would have been the first one in colonial times to say that there
was no chance of defending the colonies against Britain. He should go back to
school and learn that freedom is a difficult thing.
We will stand up to
the test with or without support from Kerry or President Barack
MURRAY S. GREENFIELD
Sir, – Not one negative word to the
Palestinian Authority from John Kerry! I would be curious to know if he is using
the same language when he is in Ramallah.
I could not believe what I
heard and the unacceptable tone of his warning.
Is this an honest broker?
Can we trust him on other major, sensitive matters, such as Iran? We do not have
many friends left in the West, except Germany, Poland and other east European
countries, as well as in Asia. It is time to reassess our international
strategies and policies.
Strangely, we have some common interests with
Egypt and other countries in the region.
Is this the time for daring
Sir, – As we read about and listen to the rhetoric
from US Secretary of State John Kerry (“Kerry takes on Israeli, Palestinian
bickering,” November 7) one wonders if he is acquainted with the well
constructed and dignified summary of events enunciated by US Rep. Michele
Bachmann (“US pressure and demands on Israel to make concessions must stop,”
Comment & Features, November 5).
From Bachmann’s account of affairs
we are given the impression that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s actions are
mostly dictated by US President Barack Obama’s directives. How else can one
explain offering the Palestinian Authority major concessions merely to sit at a
table for negotiations? Does this not suggest that the PA has no real interest
in peace? On the other hand, it is apparent that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is
pursuing Yasser Arafat’s phased plan, which involved securing gains over time by
using “diplomacy” accompanied by the odd act of violence.
the new availability of Yisrael Beytenu leader and former/future foreign
minister Avigdor Liberman, Netanyahu could have him concentrate on closeness
with Russia, thus demonstrating that the US is not the only major player. After
all, Russian President Vladimir Putin has totally eclipsed and neutralized
Sir, – US Secretary of State John Kerry has
said that with no peace there will be nothing but anger and violence.
wonders what he sees throughout the Middle East.
There is more
intra-Muslim violence here than anywhere else in the world. One has to wonder
what Kerry expects will happen if Israel were to sign a peace agreement with the
Maybe he should peddle his ideas elsewhere.