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Exposing Palestinian Authority evil

In response to “U.S. jury finds PLO, PA liable over terror attacks in Israel more than a decade ago” (Haaretz, Feb. 23)

The jury in federal court in Manhattan has finally ripped the veil off the face of evil that is the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. No more can the PA claim anything was spontaneous – not the first and second intifadas, not the attacks by rock-throwing youths who wounded and killed Israeli motorists, not the murderers who plowed vehicles into crowds at tram stops, not the thugs who stabbed unsuspecting civilians in synagogues and in the streets, and certainly not the terrorists who crept into homes at night to slaughter men, women and children.

The PA, the so-called charities that fund them, and the countries and banks which facilitate their activities are all guilty of terrorism and deserve the scorn and sanction of the civilized world.

Never again can any Islamists hide behind the façade that terror attacks were unplanned and in response to a cartoon, a video or some other perceived offense. Terror attacks in New York, Madrid, London, Benghazi, Paris and Ottawa did not just happen. They were planned. No individual or group would dare take action without the express urging and approval of their tribal rulers.

This trial has bared the truth.

Len Bennett
Montreal, Canada

Two poles, same message

In response to “Netanyahu’s electoral defeat won’t redeem Israel” and “The two-state solution is unrealistic” (Haaretz, Feb. 28; March 1)

Hot on the heels of Gideon Levy’s heartfelt lament came Moshe Arens’ soothing bromide. Interestingly, both men from opposite sides of the political spectrum are saying the same thing. Levy bemoans the fact that Zionist Union will not make sufficient changes in policy to end the occupation. Arens celebrates the fact that the two-state solution is not an issue in the coming election. The difference between Zionist Union and Likud, he suggests, is one of nuances.

I cannot refute the obvious truth stated by both men, but I would like to put in a plea for Isaac Herzog. It is unrealistic to expect an instant solution to the 100-year confrontation between Jews and Arabs in this land, but what could happen, if Herzog becomes prime minister, is a change in direction.

If Israel Defense Forces patrols in the West Bank are reduced, if some of the checkpoints are removed, if the number of work permits in Israel for Palestinians is increased, if house demolitions are stopped, if the Gaza blockade is eased – we could see the beginning of a change of mood for the better among both Palestinians and Israelis.

Personally I would love to see a revolution, but, bearing in mind that it is not going to happen, we should at least start pushing for a change in the route.

Daniel Gavron
Motza Ilit

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