Thursday, April 26, 2007

Follow-up Letters on the NYTimes Hebron Story

Remember that front page story on Hebron?

Well, here are two follow up letters the NYTimes published today on the subject:

Re “Settlers’ Defiance Reflects Postwar Israeli Changes”:

To the Editor:

Two years ago Israel decided to withdraw from Gaza in an attempt to take a step forward toward peace. The failure of that attempt, and the fact that the withdrawal has led to more than a thousand Palestinian rockets and countless resulting deaths, are not political issues but a historical reality.

If the Palestinians want peace, they need to respond peacefully to Israeli attempts to make peace. If they continue to shoot rockets out of areas from which Israel withdraws, they will be proving that disengagement cannot succeed in bringing peace.

It’s their choice, and the consequences are their fault.

Bruce Dov Krulwich
Beit Shemesh, Israel, April 22, 2007

To the Editor:

The combination of a weak Israeli government and strong settlers’ movements, as presented in the article, points Israel now to a path of no return. If the setters’ defiance of the government persists, as reflected by the continuing pilgrimage to the evacuated settlement of Homesh, it will mark a radical change in the character of the country.

From an open democratic society where the rule of law is observed and minority rights are protected, there will begin a gradual transformation into an extremist religious state, democratic in name only.

It is well advised for Israel and the world to watch the coming events with seriousness.

Michael Harel
New York, April 24, 2007

Gee, Mr. Harel, what happened to democracy in that the majority can rule as long as rights and basic liberties are not trampled, as long as there is due process of law and that any minority which considers itself a national/ethnic group that cannot identify fully with Israel as the state of the Jewish People will be provided with cultural autonomy?

Is that so extremist?

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