Readers speak out again on prisoner release
Sir, – It was very difficult reading
“Abbas vows there will be no peace agreement unless all prisoners go free”
We lost our dear, wonderful friend, Shoshana Hayman
Greenbaum, in the 2001 massacre at Sbarro by a terrorist who was released with
the last group let go in a “good-will gesture.”
Don’t we ever learn that
no matter how many prisoners are let out, in the end there will be no peace
because they do not want peace? They take from us, piece by piece, but we get
nothing in return. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas got what he
wanted, and the picture accompanying the article spoke for
Killers should never see the light of day again, just as their
victims won’t. They receive many benefits for the pain they cause us, so why
should they stop doing evil?
Sir, – With regard to
“Joyful Palestinians celebrate security prisoners’ release “ (October 31), I
want to suggest how we can also rejoice in their release.
prisoners have been released so far – 52 persons who had an air-conditioned
home, very ample meals every day, TVs in their cells and the possibility for
studying for degrees. At the same time, I am contacted to donate money to
provide food for the hungry. I hear that many citizens have no roof over their
heads and there are those who cannot afford to study.
Let our government
make a decision that the money saved by releasing the prisoners be made
available for these “prisoners of circumstance” and make us all happy when
Palestinian prisoners are released.
Sir, – “All of
them have blood on their hands; all of them have murdered Israelis. Their
I believe, illustrates Israel’s determination to reach an
agreement with our Palestinian neighbors that will ,once and for all, end the
conflict,” said Eviatar Manor, Israel’s envoy to UN bodies in Geneva (“Israel to
UNHRC: Palestinian prisoner release shows we’re serious about peace,” October
I had to read this a few times before it penetrated my
We are releasing terrorists convicted of heinous crimes
against our people to tell the world we are serious about peace with our
terrorist neighbors. How can anyone take us seriously when we utter such
humiliating statements? Another hard-to-believe statement came from Defense
Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who uttered the indefensible claim that the move had
been guided by the government’s responsibility to navigate according to
“longterm security considerations” (“Israel releases second batch of security
prisoners,” October 30).
If the aforementioned statements are not a sign
of insanity, I don’t know what is. If the government knew the meaning of the
word responsibility it would not have considered such a move. It would not be
talking to terrorists and trying so desperately to give up our land to those
whose only reason for living is to destroy us.
– Right-wingers in the government are complaining that Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu betrayed the Knesset and the public by allowing out more terrorists
who murdered Jews. Why did not anyone speak up about bringing down the
government? Terrorists will murder again.
If anyone tells me that the
Left will get in strong, what is the difference between Bibi and the Left? Both
will give away the country. Bibi will perhaps do it at a slower pace, but both
will destroy settlements and allow the Arabs to keep controlling the Temple
Mount, where Jews cannot even utter a prayer.
The only thing that will
stop our prime minister is if he believes that he will be toppled and there will
be new elections.
If he is not stopped now, Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas will get all or most of what he is asking, leaving the
Jews drowning in the sea. Netanyahu has to fear being brought down in shame more
than he fears US President Barack Obama.
Why is there no shouting?
Everyone sitting in the government is to blame, and blood will be on their hands
as Arabs are given the green light to kill Jews.
Sir, – My wife and I attended a protest against the release of the latest
batch of Palestinian prisoners who were responsible for the murder of Israeli
The truth is, I was not sure if it was appropriate for me to
attend. I asked myself what was the message of the protest, and what was the
message I wanted to proclaim.
I do not know the secrets that are spoken
behind closed international and national doors. It is reasonable to believe that
the prime minister would not succumb to pressure to release these prisoners if
he and other ministers did not have good reason to do so, because of either the
greater good or the lesser bad. Therefore, insulting the government would not be
in the interest of Israel or the image of the Jewish people in the world press.
(We have enough issues regarding the lack of Jewish unity.) However, I do know
that it is morally and ethically wrong to release murderers who state that they
want to murder again. I also deeply feel and believe that it is absolutely the
right thing to show support, empathy, care and love to the families that lost
loved ones,at the hands of the prisoners being released.
Faced with this
dilemma, I went, motivated by wanting to show support and solidarity with these
families. However, I believe there is another issue, perhaps equally important,
that needs to be addressed: Why are Israel and the Jewish people not doing
everything possible to make the moral issue crystal clear to the world – that
releasing murderers who want to continue to murder is wrong, and that asking
Israel or any people to do so is wrong.
We need to work on raising the
consciousness of the world about how ugly anti-humanism and anti-Semitism is. I
believe it is important and good that the government of Israel invests not only
in R&D and the export of hi-tech products, but also in R&D and the
export the Godly and humanistic values of mutual respect, morality and
After all, this is the mission of the Jewish people, to shine
Godly light unto ourselves and the world from Zion.
SIMCHA EDWARD SHELDON
Sir, – On Page 1 of your October 30 issue, the lead headline was:
“Israel releases second batch of security prisoners.” On Page 3 there was this:
“Prisoner found in Nablus 13 years after failing to return from
Perhaps we should change the name of our country to Chelm!
AVRAHAM FRIEDMAN Modi’in Illit Sir, – The Israeli legal system has once again
declared that Arabs who murder Jews shall not be kept in prison. Pity the poor
Arab who mistakenly kills another Arab instead of a Jew, or the Jew who kills
Pity the poor Arab who merely rapes or robs a Jew. If only he had
murdered his victim he would have been smiling last week on a podium in
We are told that the prisoner release will ensure the
continuation of the latest “peace talks,” so can we assume that these prisoners
will be returned to prison when the talks fail? Why not insist that US Secretary
of State John Kerry release prisoners from Guantanamo to encourage Arab support
for the negotiations? Israeli liberals assure us that prisons are humane and
effective alternatives to the death penalty, and then rush forward to empty
them. Israeli judges continue to solemnly condemn Arab killers to “life in
prison” when both parties know that this is a farce!