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Sayed, don’t go
With regard to “Why Sayed Kashua is leaving Jerusalem and never coming back,” July 4
I would like to say the following to Sayed Kashua: Your column this Friday broke my heart. Each week you gives us a fresh “take” on the daily predicaments faced by you and your lovely family. With breathtaking, surgical wit you inject a precise mix of pain and laughter straight to the main artery of this country. This time, however, you could not find even an atom of humor in the appalling situation. What more can you do or say to show us our faces in the mirror? I don’t know the answer, but I do know that your absence will be a great loss for those still here. I wish you all the best for your sabbatical in Illinois, but fervently hope that you will soon be back.
Dr. Ilana Baram

Not in my tribe
With regard to “The solution is staring us in the face,” July 4
This is my reaction to the article by Yoel Marcus. It seems to me that at least twice in the last 15 years or so, did we almost reach an agreement with the Palestinians. There was an attempt with Yitzhak Rabin at the helm of our country, but that attempt...was snuffed out by one of our own zealot Jews, as we know. The second try at an agreement with our sworn enemy, Yasser Arafat, which took place at Camp David, and was headed by Ehud Barak, failed mainly because our “dear” Ehud was a bit too concerned with his own self esteem and arrogance combined with a good deal of insensitivity towards the “other side.” At least that is what I (and not only I) surmised from the books I read about the Camp David negotiations.
I fully agree, a murder is a murder, no matter for what reason it is committed or by whom. Hate breeds hate, and for me as a Holocaust survivor, I have seen plenty of it. I have been living here for 55 years and it is time we took some serious steps to create a peaceful country. We must start taking some chances for a real peace to come about.
I also wish to say, that the families that lost their sons truly behaved courageously, and the despicable revenge killing of an Arab youth by our own Jewish youth, makes me ashamed being a Jew they are not my tribe!
We are in desperate need of a new leader, with a vision and the courage to take us out of this terrible constant state of war and not war, one that is not steeped in Stalinist ideology, or revisionism and chauvinism.
Who will that be? I am hopeful that perhaps one of our kids or grandkids will step up and do the job!
Gidon Lev
Nazareth Illit

What is to be done?
In my opinion, there are two approaches: the restrained approach and the tough approach. In a situation where Hamas is committing kidnapping and murder, even as it fires on our communities and threatens additional kidnappings and murders — harming our sovereignty and our deterrent power — I am in favor of a tough policy because that is the language and the method they understand. The tough approach must be taken as long as the momentum exists. War must be declared against Hamas, prolonged attacks must be carried out against it from air, sea and land, and troops must be concentrated facing the Gaza Strip with operational plans as in Operation Defensive Shield, and let the world scream about it, until they realize that the path of terrorism will not bring them salvation and they raise the white flag.
Gershon Eckstein