“Israel, we support you – but hear our plea”

January 12, 2009

Via norm.

To the government of Israel

We are writing this letter as profound and passionate supporters of Israel. We look upon the increasing loss of life on both sides of the Gaza conflict with horror. We have no doubt that rocket attacks into southern Israel, by Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups, are war crimes against Israel. No sovereign state should, or would, tolerate continued attacks and the deliberate targeting of civilians.

Israel had a right to respond and we support the Israeli government’s decision to make stopping the rocket attacks an urgent priority.

However, we believe that only negotiations can secure long-term security for Israel and the region.

We are concerned that rather than bringing security to Israel, a continued military offensive could strengthen extremists, destabilise the region and exacerbate tensions inside Israel with its one million Arab citizens. The offensive and the mounting civilian victims – like the Lebanon war in 2006 – also threaten to undermine international support for Israel.

We stand alongside the people of Israel and urge the government of Israel and the Palestinian people, with the assistance of the international community, to negotiate:

• An immediate and permanent ceasefire entailing an end to all rocket attacks and the complete and permanent lifting of the blockade of Gaza.

• International monitoring of the ceasefire agreement, including measures to ensure the security of the borders between Israel and Gaza as well as the prevention of weapons smuggling into Gaza.

It is our desire to see a durable solution for ordinary people and our view that an immediate ceasefire is not only a humanitarian necessity but also a strategic priority for the future security of Israelis, Palestinians and people of the region.

Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield  Sir Jeremy Beecham  Professor David Cesarani  Professor Shalom Lappin  Michael Mitzman  Baroness Julia Neuberger  Rabbi Danny Rich  Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein  Rabbi Dr Michael Shire  Sir Sigmund Sternberg  Paul Usiskin

I don’t see anything to disagree with here, and I think Israel would settle for it. But I do see a small sticking point as regards dot points one and two: Hamas has already rejected them.

And they have a good reason: they risk losing Iranian support and funding:

“As soon as the Iranians heard about the Egyptian cease-fire initiative, they dispatched the two officials to Damascus on an urgent mission to warn the Palestinians against accepting it,” the Egyptian government official told the Post.

“The Iranians threatened to stop weapons supplies and funding to the Palestinian factions if they agreed to a cease-fire with Israel. The Iranians want to fight Israel and the US indirectly. They are doing this through Hamas in Palestine and Hizbullah in Lebanon.”



  1. More disinformation from the IDF.

  2. Wrong thread?

  3. Nope. It’s refracted disinformation.

  4. The Palestinians definitely need Iranian support and are entitled to it.

  5. You gotta laugh, though, at the crude certitudes of the unnamed “Egyptian official”. No-one falls for that sort of crap anymore, least of all when it’s published in the Jerusalem Post, ffs.

  6. Thanks for your opinion.

  7. no problem. Goebbels.

  8. PEACE for the people of Israel and Gaza please, The peace can win !

  9. no problem. Goebbels.

    Well done, you juvenile.

    See how this works? In this case I win, since it is clearly the case that I cannot be Goebbels, but it is patently obvious to all that your behaviour is juvenile.

    Now in future, try and discuss the issue with some balance and maturity. What we want is a solution that works for Israelis and Palestinians, and your obstreperousness and recalcitrance is frankly of no value.

  10. I’m not interested in Zionist murderers.

  11. Nor Hamas murderers, either, it would seem.

  12. no nor them either.

    Try for the long view. It’ll make a lot more sense.

  13. You see, when you talk like that, it starts to sound reasonable – as if you’ve been absorbing Rob’s posts rather than merely reading the titles and looking at the pictures, which is the impression you usually give.

  14. But you don’t make any sense, LZ. If you have an argument to make, based on some logic, evidence or intelligence, please do so. You’re wasting your own time, otherwise. There’s amusement value in your current commenting tactics, I suppose, but little else.

  15. You have no argument.

  16. Oh, go away, you juvenile. This “did too, did not” crap is tiresome.

  17. Thanks for proving my point.

  18. Likewise, as you proved mine. As I said, you have no rational argument.

    Case closed.

  19. Rob,

    Please email my registration email. Thanks.

  20. And yours is, LZ? Speak up, you have unlimited bandwidth.

  21. Lost aren’t you without your IDF talking points.

  22. No, I can wheel them out whenever I want. And, of course, they inform every single post on this blog :-). What I would like to see are your talking points.

  23. Becky, you can just pile in whenever you want to.

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