Spoiling the party
Sir, – The slaughter of four Israelis, one pregnant, in
Kiryat Arba underscores the fact that the current peace talks – even if they
should conclude with a concordance – are doomed to practical failure.
murderous tentacles of Hamas reach even the settlements in Judea and Samaria.
Abbas, whose term of office expired in January, 2009, does not speak
for those 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza. More important, he and his Fatah
forces are incapable of reining in Hamas terror in his own backyard.
that is the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the corner in Washington.
goes without saying that Mr. Abbas is impotent in the face of terrorism
emanating from Gaza.
(Indeed, he cannot even walk its streets.) Even the
American-trained and -armed PA security forces, backed by Fatah’s own murderous
Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, could not stop this quadruple murder or the terrorist
attack at Rimonim Junction, also by Hamas.
Hamas has thus announced where
it stands on the peace talks and what Mr. Abbas can do with
Add two recent developments: First is Hamas’s success in
developing the Fajar-5 rocket, whose range reaches beyond Tel Aviv. It is only a
matter of time before the Fajar-5 is deployed in Judea and Samaria. Second is
the discovery of caches in the Sinai of shoulder-launched rockets.
assurance can Abbas provide that planes from Ben- Gurion Airport will not be
shot out of the sky by his fellow Palestinians? None.
Accordingly, it is
evident that Prime Minister Netanyahu cannot make peace with half of the
Palestinians. Only the realitychallenged think that a peace agreement with
President Abbas will be the end of it.ALAN B. KATZ
Melville, NY Seen
Sir, – “An attempt to torpedo the talks” (September 1) could have
been written at any of the previous summit meetings.
The State of Israel
is apparently doomed forever to believe that this time, this conference, this
new president, will bring us peace. This time we won’t get beaten up or
murdered. And it doesn’t work.
The same phrases are trotted out each time
things go wrong and our citizens are murdered.
We’ve seen this movie at
least three times, so we know how it ends. It ends with slaughter.
more children were orphaned. Another couple was wounded in their
When will we finally have the nerve to say, “Enough!” When the
Palestinians are ready to make peace, when they stop all their incitement and
glorification of terrorists, when they stop demanding more and more of our land,
when they arrest the killers (we hear they arrested 300 people; how many will be
released by tomorrow?) – then we will be ready to talk.THELMA JACOBSON
Petah Tikva Behavior (and border) modification
Sir, – From the Israeli
perspective, security is a prime factor in being able to establish a lasting
peace with Palestinians, many of whom swear eternal enmity towards
I suggest that any peace agreement include a codicil whereby
whenever either side causes intentional loss of life to the other side, they
will cede a predetermined amount of land to the country victimized by the
Methinks Hamas would think twice realizing that each terrorist
act will diminish the Palestinian territory.ALBERT MUNITZ
Georgia You’re only president
Sir, – Reading “WJC vows to stand by Israel”
(September 1) reminds me of two admirable things about president Yitzhak Navon:
He always had a real message when he made a speech and, second, he did not act
as though he had the people’s mandate to recommend political action and policies
on their behalf.
I do not recall that I, or anyone else, voted for
President Shimon Peres to run the country or to set out political goals for the
Whether the Israeli government should or should not build in
the Jerusalem suburbs, whether Israel should encourage the establishment of a
Palestinian state alongside Israel – these are topics for our elected
representatives to decide.
Our president should know his limits. It is
not his job to urge his political opinions publicly on the populace or on the
government, but that is not the impression one gets from reading the above
Rehovot Who is fit to lead?
Sir, – I would like to
commend Rabbi Stewart Weiss’s article (“Who counts in Judaism?,” August 31) for
spelling out the plainly obvious – it is not for the individual to play God by
judging others for their spiritual performance.
Rather, each Jew, at the
very least when coming to pray, should be awarded the respect in shul to do just
that – pray, and in an environment of warmth and kinship.
Rabbi Weiss has erred on a key technicality. Certainly it is true that the
synagogue is an appropriate place to draw sinners close; but should they be the
ones to lead our prayers or aid in the quorum’s lofty task of summoning the
Divine Presence? YONATAN BOOKMAN
Sir, – We
continue to reject any call to extend the settlement construction
settlements are an issue... to be discussed in the negotiations
states the prime minister (“PM won’t discuss construction freeze before
The situation is downright absurd. In the
Internet site of our Israeli Foreign Ministry we officially state: “The
Bank and Gaza Strip are disputed territories whose status can only be
If, indeed, the territories are “disputed” pending
negotiation, what could possibly be more plausible than to halt any
that might change the character of the disputed territory during the
negotiation – in other words, not to change the facts on the ground
issue is being negotiated? Our refusal to obey such elementary rules of
faith suggests that we have no intention to leave the West Bank. This
is supported by the incredible investments that have been made there
halt, for decades.
The inevitable conclusion must be that all talk about
two states and an amiable solution of the conflict is mere eyewash.ZEEV
Haifa Lock up the lashers
Sir, – If a religious court in Israel actually
has legal authority to order corporal punishment (‘“Sinner’ singer given
lashes by rabbis,” August 27), then the law should be changed.
doesn’t have such authority and the sentence was really carried out as
then the judges should be locked up.
MARK L. LEVINSON
Sir, – Having lived in Israel during the time of the bus bombings, I
feel that to criticize the security barrier is to be ignorant of the
and what could happen without it.
I lived in the West Bank and have seen
the local Arabs walking across the border almost in sight of the check
was once in a taxi, when seeing the line of traffic at a check point
Ramallah and Jerusalem, the driver drove up though the houses across
ground, back onto the road and on in to Jerusalem.
Without this barrier,
it was impossible to prevent suicide bombers from completing their
Hamilton, New Zealand