February 6, 2017: Amona’s end

They have not occupied that land for the past 20 years, and probably not since 1967.

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Amona’s end
The police would like all of us to believe that they acted with restraint and consideration in the horrible desecration of Amona.
We now know that this is not so, and that the police acted with brutality (“Amona ends in violent clash at synagogue stronghold,” February 3).
There are films and eyewitness reports of what took place in Amona. The police have to be exposed. Who gave them the orders to beat up the youngsters? It is time for the truth to prevail in Israel. The law as handed down by the Supreme Court was obeyed, but it was at a terrible cost to the solidarity of the nation and its values. We must not let this cancer grow.


Why did you take up so much space on your February 2 front page portraying a teenager struggling with security forces in Amona (“Amona evacuation meets violent resistance”) and then again the next day, with another picture of a teenager forcibly being removed (“Amona ends in violent clash at synagogue stronghold”)? Where were the pictures of the mothers and fathers who were also removed? Buried inside.
Don’t they count as headlines, or would such photos tug at heart strings and obtain empathy? I’m not talking about my personal views; I’m just asking for fair coverage. While these teenagers most likely will have lifelong psychological repercussions, not unlike the teenagers of Gush Katif, their parents will equally pay the emotional price.
Ginot Shomron
I must take issue with your February 3 editorial “No victory.”
It says: “The only positive thing about the Amona imbroglio is that in the end the rule of law was upheld.” No. A judicial court that applies the law with no intelligence will do enormous harm to the rule of law.
Thomas Jefferson, that champion of free speech, said that faced with a seditious movement, one can suspend any freedom, for if the state ceases to exist, there will be no law or freedom. So it would seem that common sense was lacking in our Supreme Court.
Any group of taxi drivers could have found a solution that was fair to both the owner of the land and the Jews living on the land. If we follow this foolish court ,we might find that Tel Aviv belongs to some Arab.
If a power plant is constructed on land that belongs to Palestinians, will we destroy the power plant? I think not. This was a political ruling that has no basis in law.
Judges lacking common sense are dangerous.
The way the Knesset and the Supreme Court handled the situation in Amona left me embarrassed, angry and disappointed for the first time since making aliya two and a half years ago.
First, there is the legal concept of eminent domain, which should have been used to take ownership of the property claimed by the Palestinians. They have not occupied that land for the past 20 years, and probably not since 1967. Therefore, the government should have declared it abandoned property, taking title and compensating them for it.
Second, the government negotiated a compromise, but instead of locating an alternate site and keeping its promise to the residents, it dropped the ball – but still insisted on evicting them without providing any place to go. Shame! Third, the Supreme Court appears quick to honor Palestinian claims but is negligent in honoring promises and claims to Israeli citizens. That’s Orwellian! What kind of governmental body favors its enemies over its own citizens? When I made aliya, I really felt I was coming home, not to the State of Israel but to my ancestral Land of Israel. Not the state that was created in 1948 but to the land that God promised me via my ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That’s my claim to this land, not some deed issued by Britain or Jordan or Turkey.
I was proud of the Israeli government – willing and able to stand up for Jews around the world. But now it’s acting like galut Jews, afraid to stand up for what’s right and protect fellow Jews. When will it wake up and stop playing games? The Palestinians don’t want us here. They won’t be satisfied with a small second state.
Accept that fact and start supporting and protecting Jewish interests.

Shameless moocher
When it comes to political leaders, one might be inclined to shrug off a dollop of hedonism and even a great chunk of hubris (“Netanyahu’s nightmare,” Frontlines, February 3). However, what most of us find truly distasteful is a leader who is a schnorrer, mooching shamelessly for scraps from the tables of the super-rich for himself and his wife.
It is unlikely that the brazen avarice of the Netanyahus has any affect on government decisions or national policy. And, unfortunately, schnorring is not a crime – if it were, there would be 500,000 haredim behind bars.
Nevertheless, it is disgusting and totally unbecoming even for the prime minister of a banana republic, let alone of the State of Israel.

Who cares?
With regard to “Destiny’s twins” (International News, February 3), who cares that Beyoncé is pregnant with twins? And why do we need to be subjected to her half-nude picture in such a respectable publication? What a waste of paper!

Beit Gamliel

Why do you think your readers are remotely interested in seeing that revolting and revealing picture of Beyoncé? Most have never heard of her, and I hardly think it is international news.

Credit where due
Reporter Adam Rasgon writes how the Azzehs, a Palestinian family, ran to aid and comfort the victims of a bus crash on a rainy night (“‘We are here to help’: A Palestinian family’s harrowing account of helping the Ma’aleh Levona crash victims,” January 31). The bus fell into a ravine, killing two and injuring seven.
One wonders if the Palestinian Authority will reward this family with a monthly stipend for its bravery, just as it rewards terrorists who murder Jews.

Petah Tikva
Not quite so
In “The tragedy of scientific ignorance” (Observations, January 30), Reuven Ben-Shalom states: “Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is no less real than the theory of gravitational force, as mountains of evidence has shown.” Actually, not quite so.
One can easily test gravitational force. One cannot do the same with Darwinian evolution since it is supposed to be a process that requires millions of years of very minute changes leading to a new species. In no other area of life do we believe that random actions or mutations can produce a better program.
Make any random change to a computer program today and it stops dead in its tracks. Today we know that molecular machines run our bodies.
Molecular machines have no brains, yet they perform intelligent purposeful functions.
There are even some molecular machines that inspect the work of other machines. Try explaining something like that by a process of random mutations.
As many scientists maintain, it is high evidence of intelligent design. I highly recommend Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell for anyone interested in this area. The signature, I maintain, is God’s.