Impressed. Not

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

I read “For­mer Is­raeli and US of­fi­cials un­veil two se­cu­rity-based pro­pos­als for two-state so­lu­tion” (June 5) and was very impressed by the knowl­edge and wis­dom of those in­volved.

The key in­sight some of the for­mer of­fi­cials pro­vide was summed up in the fol­low­ing: “[IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Am­non] Reshef stressed that mil­i­tary ac­tion and se­cu­rity mea­sures are not enough to de­feat ter­ror­ism. ‘It should be com­bined with help­ing the rel­e­vant Pales­tini­ans, whether they are in the West Bank, Jerusalem or Gaza, to im­prove their stan­dards of liv­ing, pro­vide them with a kind of hope,’ he said.”

I am sure that Reshef and the oth­ers left out some in­for­ma­tion that might ex­plain why Pales­tinian hopes for killing all Jews will be ame­lio­rated by the pro­posed Is­raeli benev­o­lence. Maybe they can ex­plain why, with all the aid the world has pro­vided to the Gaza Strip, its res­i­dents think the best thing to do is build tun­nels into Is­rael in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the next at­tack, and why thou­sands are killed world­wide by those seek­ing to sat­isfy Al­lah and Mo­ham­mad.

I hope the cur­rent mem­bers of the IDF, Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency), Mos­sad and police force have other ideas on how to achieve peace.

PHILIP BRIEFF Jerusalem

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