Letters to the Editor: Banksy, Gaza and the Khashoggi Murder

An Israeli soldier stands near a burning bus after it was hit by a mortar shell fired from Gaza near the Israel Gaza border, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.
An Israeli soldier stands near a burning bus after it was hit by a mortar shell fired from Gaza near the Israel Gaza border, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.Credit: Tsafrir Abayov,AP

Misplaced indignation

In response to “Banksy’s pro-Palestine stunt sets off top Israeli art collector” (Danna Harman, Nov. 12)

In response to the “very pro-peace” Batia Ofer’s indignation at the world-famous Banksy displaying his own work on his own stand: The work is but a replica of a small part of the West Bank separation barrier and I would like to suggest that maybe Ofer could stay at the wonderful Walled Off Hotel on her next visit to Israel and see the original for herself.

A post from Banksy's Instagram account November 7, 2018. Credit: Instagram

How can Ofer feel anything but enlightened to see two angels facing each other and “attempting to pry the wall apart” and hopefully — my words — knock it down.

How can she not appreciate his building a hotel which offers “the worst view of any hotel in the world” but houses the most amazing museum. I wish every Israeli and, in fact, every single visitor to this country, would see the Banksy Hotel, see the horrific separation wall and visit the truly breaktaking museum.

I am sure she would be grateful to see things as they really are, and perhaps she might be lucky enough to actually meet the artist.

Alice Krieger

Tel Aviv

Moral danger

In response to “The submarine affair: Cancer of corruption has spread to heart” (Mordechai Kremnitzer, Nov. 11)

Karl Kraus, the Austrian writer and journalist, is quoted as having said: “Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter may endanger the morals of an individual, the former endangers the morals of the entire country.”

Kitty O. Cohen

Ramat Hasharon

Fictitious cease-fire

In response to “War must never be inevitable, even between Israel and Hamas” (Jill Jacobs, Haaretz.com)

Sorry Rabbi Jacobs, your proposal is dangerously naive. There is no parallel between the peace with Egypt and the present Hamas/Gaza war. Rabbi Halevy’s reaction to the peace with Egypt has nothing to do with the present crisis. Anwar Sadat came to Israel to address the Knesset offering an end to war and a real peace. The Hamas/Gaza war is just the opposite, they are officially still committed to the total destruction of Israel.

The weekly Friday terror/invasion “protests” are called The Great March Of Return. What is unclear about that? Every “cease-fire” is an illusion giving Hamas time to rearm and restrategize. Which enemy are they building their vast arsenal of rockets against? Italy? Spain? Greece? France? There is no doubt they are to be used, and are being used, only against Israel. No country should be so foolish as to allow an avowed enemy to build and use weapons of destruction aimed at its elimination.

Any country opposing any Israeli military action and demanding that Israel accept yet another fictitious “cease-fire” must be ignored. In the 2014 Gaza war, the U.S. threatened to withhold Iron Dome protection if Israel did not accept a cease-fire: how self-serving, even disingenuous. I am a life-long Democrat, but my country was not serving Israel’s survival, but some other fallacious dream that peace is just around the corner if only Israel would accept Palestinian demands. Where has this brought us? Certainly no closer to a peace that Hamas doesn’t want. It is time for Israel alone to determine what it must do to eliminate this and any future Hamas war.

Manuel Gold,via Haaretz.com

Political murder

The appalling lack of morality by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer in light of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi is a slippery slope for a nation founded on the ashes of 6 million victims. Before the death camps made murder more efficient, many Jews and political dissenters were murdered by Hitler in a similar manner to Khashoggi. To see Israeli leaders condoning murder in the same manner nations in the 1930s and ‘40s turned a blind eye to the brutal murder of hundreds, then thousands, then millions with the same excuse — not to throw the murderer out “with the bathwater” — condones their moral abdication. Israel must be better. Its founding was the result of the brutal murder of Jews. If its government can excuse those who murder for political reasons, then don’t complain when others say it was okay to go along with Hitler because there were other concerns. There is a moral bottom line which Israel has always maintained, and which has gained the world’s respect. Israel loses it at its own peril, both from the outside world and to its own soul, and very reason for existence.

Richard Rose

New York, N.Y.

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