The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

I am fed up with prom­i­nent Left­ists ( Letters, June 27) who are clearly not marginalised (in­deed, who have held very high diplo­matic po­si­tions) claim­ing that it is “bold” to speak the “hard truth” in crit­i­cis­ing Is­rael’s pres­ence in the West Bank.

To see bold­ness, try speak­ing out in favour of set­tle­ments. People will sim­ply stare in dis­be­lief, and that’s just within the Jewish com­mu­nity. Carl­ton Close Edg­ware, Middx

If only be­cause of their for­mer po­si­tions in the Is­raeli po­lit­i­cal elite, the writ­ers of the let­ter sup­port­ing Lawrence Brass will com­mand re­spect from read­ers un­aware of the fact that all of them have a po­lit­i­cal agenda to ad­vance rather than an ob­jec­tive ap­praisal of the facts.

In par­tic­u­lar, they make no at­tempt to re­but any of the points made by Mr Fassy of the South He­bron Hills Re­gional Coun­cil in his let­ter coun­ter­ing the charges made by Mr Brass (May 30). They are all com­mit­ted to end­ing the “oc­cu­pa­tion” of Judea and Sa­maria, uni­lat­er­ally if nec­es­sary. How Is­rael would then sur­vive the in­evitable on­slaught by the Pales­tinian Author­ity/ Ha­mas/ Hizbol­lah/ ISIS etc. on its in­de­fen­si­ble borders, is nowhere con­sid­ered. To fol­low their ad­vice in the present chaotic and mur­der­ous sit­u­a­tion in Is­rael’s neigh­bours would al­most cer­tainly be a recipe for dis­as­ter.Those whom the gods wish to de­stroy they first make mad. Lionel Blu­men­thal Mead­way, Lon­don NW11

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