Readers react to decision on prisoner release
Sir, – The US pressured Israel to
release terrorist prisoners in an effort to get the Palestinian Authority to sit
down and resume negotiations (“Gov’t approves release of 26 Palestinian
Israel has honored – and, regrettably, continues
to honor – its commitment. But what has the PA done in terms of a gesture of
good will? Nothing.
Constant demonization of Israel is rampant. The PA
must stop the continuous flow of incitement against Israel in its mosques,
schools and media, and begin to portray Israel’s agricultural, technological and
medical advances as potential benefits for present and future cooperation with
the Jewish state.
It’s time for Israel to stand up to the US and explain
the folly of any negotiations and Israeli concessions unless the Palestinians
begin to prepare their people for genuine peaceful co-existence.
meantime, it is idiocy on our part to continue releasing terrorists in an effort
to give gestures of good will to our adversary when they make no sincere
preparations for real peace.
Sir, – Interior
Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s scathing comments directed at Economy and Trade Minister
Naftali Bennett, as noted in “Gov’t approves release of 26 Palestinian
prisoners,” are unworthy of a minister of his caliber.
criticisms of government decisions, including those related to releasing
terrorists from our prisons, a “moral depravity,” and saying to Bayit Yehudi
ministers “If you don’t like it, you can resign [from the government],” has
given me a new impression of Sa’ar, who had very smartly instituted a national
policy of having students visit Judaism’s second most holy city, Hebron, while
heading the Education Ministry.
Bennett speaks for many, if not most,
Israelis who are livid at this government’s deal to release prisoners for
absolutely nothing, for a return to these so-called peace talks. Good for
Bennett for speaking up! Besides the anger and anguish of bereaved family
members who see this batch of terrorists released, probably to return to
terrorist activity, what about the message the release sends to our current
soldiers in the field? Why should a soldier risk his life to capture a
terrorist, knowing that the prisoner might be released in our revolving-door
policy toward convicted terrorists? Enough with releases. They are the real
If a terrorist is not shot dead on the spot during an
attack (not a bad policy to encourage), I say we should be enacting capital
punishment for such acts.
That way there will be no terrorists left in
our jails to release, and our taxpayers will not be paying to feed and house
them for decades.MARCIA KATZ
Sir, – I read your editorial
“Anti-Semitism in Australia” (October 28) about the attack on Jews that left
them with “a fractured skull, facial fractures, a broken nose....|” The
government of Israel, which releases unrepentant murderers, certainly has no
moral grounds for protesting the Australian attack.DAVID FEIN
Sir, – Both Danny Danon and the Bayit Yehudi party are using the release of
additional prisoners as a disguise for their opposition to the current peace
negotiations (“Bayit Yehudi MKs, deputy defense minister link terror attacks to
release of prisoners,” October 27).
They claim such action endangers
Israel’s security – as if no settlement of the conflict, which is what they
intend, makes Israel safer. Past experience has proven this theory
It’s perfectly legitimate to oppose negotiations with the
Palestinians on the basis that they could lead to territorial
No need to hide behind irrelevant reasons – just say it
clearly so we don’t waste US Secretary of State John Kerry’s time in futile
Danon and Co. seem to be living in times of biblical Korach, where
the earth will open and swallow our enemies, thus ending all our problems. Good
luck with that.HENRY WEIL
Sir, – Nobody can complain that
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is freeing murderers.
It is we, the
Israelis, who are at fault.
As long as the Israeli government, the US and
the rest of the world do not see millions of us going to the streets in protest
and calling for a complete national strike, nothing will happen.
will be passed to stop this madness and we can be sure that in few months more
murderers will be freed.
It is Israeli cowardice, incompetence, apathy
and failure of duty that are the problem.NATHAN LOPES CARDOZO
Sir, – Presumably, the release in stages of Arab prisoners with blood on their
hands was intended to encourage the cooperation of the Palestinians in peace
I can think of no other reason.
If, indeed, that was
the reason, and if, indeed, the Palestinians continue to insist on the right of
return for Palestinian refugees (despite the population exchange of 600,000
Arabs for 850,000 Jews in Arab lands that took place at the time of and just
after Israel’s establishment) and territorial concessions by Israel (despite the
fact that we should not and are not obliged to give up any land west of the
Jordan River), then cold-blooded murders will have been released to murder
again, for no reason whatever.JACK SHEBSON
Sir, – While it is
easy to blame the spinelessness of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahui and his
cohorts for the unconscionable, immoral release of unrepentant murderers, it is
important to remember that we are not truly an independent, sovereign nation and
that the ultimate responsibility lies with our master, the United States of
America, its unprincipled leader, President Barack Obama, and his lackey,
Secretary of State John Kerry.
Without their pressure, our prime minister
would never have debased himself to such a degree.
It is interesting how
America never releases prisoners, let alone one who continues to endure an
immoral sentence for spying. Just another example of how the Jew/ Israel gets
Sir, – It’s been many
years since that first prisoner release in order for us to show good faith in
negotiations. Since then we have seen a good percentage of the released
prisoners go back to murdering Israelis, and yet we continue.
Jewish blood become so cheap? I propose that in order to show “good faith” we
now release Israeli prisoners with Arab blood on their hands.MEIRA
Sir, – Releases of murderous prisoners will take place no
matter what the protest, but it was a terrible mistake to have promised this
kind of release to begin with.
US Secretary of State John Kerry should
have a very guilty conscience about this kind of release as a good-will gesture
to the Palestinians, and so should our leadership.
It is an absolute
moral outrage to say that we are releasing murderers out of “good will.” To
normal countries, good-will gestures mean making economic concessions, adjusting
people across borders, lowering taxes, etc. It cannot ever mean that we give up
Yosef Trumpeldor of Tel Hai said, “It is good to die
for one’s country.” These prisoners took innocent lives, and the Palestinians
have made these murderers into martyrs.
They haven’t died for their
country. They have just killed people. What kind of society can the Palestinians
want to build? THELMA SUSSWEIN