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Letter from Israel
David Frankfurter
8th-Sep-2009 02:16 am
I have received a number of letters lately asking about progress in negotiations with the Palestinians – for peace, for settlements, to stop the rockets out of Gaza, for blockades, for recognition, for compensation for Jewish refugees from Arab lands, for resettling Palestinian refugees, for the release of Gilad Shalit.

I think that my approach to that last one (Gilad Shalit) sums up them all.

In my letter Calling the bluff of around a year ago, I advocated severely curtailing specific rights of Palestinian prisoners until our missing soldiers received their rights under international law. Would it work – at least to allow Red Cross access to Gilad Shalit? Consider the following:

On August 25, a few days before Gilad Shalit’s birthday, Israel stopped Palestinian prisoners’ visiting rights. Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported on the measures, together with accusations that Israel was acting illegally and bending to extremist pressure.

The very same day, a Hamas delegation left for Egypt to meet with a German negotiator to try to make progress on the negotiations for Shalit’s release and Hamas “affiliates” claimed that a deal was days away.

Palestinian prisoners’ rights were immediately restored, and now we hear from Hamas that a deal is “still a long way off”.

Frankly, I am sick of hearing that Israel, after making so much effort and taking so much risk to behave in both an ethical and legal manner, has committed “war crimes”, has acted “disproportionately” or is in breach of some fancifully contorted “international law”, especially redefined to strip Israel of the right and obligation to protect its citizens.

I believe that in every field of our dealings with the Palestinians, the time has come to apply only one buzzword: “reciprocity”. The definition from Wikipedia will do for me:

In international relations and treaties, the principle of reciprocity states that favours, benefits, or penalties that are granted by one state to the citizens or legal entities of another, should be returned in kind.

8th-Sep-2009 11:50 pm (UTC) - David you are EXCELLENT !
David Finally a word that I was hoping to hear !

Yes R E C I P R O C I T Y !!!!!!

However Israel is afraid from "WORLD OPPINION"

The WORLD will RESPECT ISRAEL when they follow this Principle !!!!

10th-Sep-2009 02:15 am (UTC) - Reciprocity.
Israel cannot afford reciprocity. "An eye for an eye" would imply that if an Israeli is killed, killing a Muslim Arab "evens the scales". the enemy would be happy with reciprocity. It serves their interests.
The enemy would recognize "A head for an Eye." If Israel had reacted with overwhelming force when the rockets started to be fired from Gaza many years ago, many Jewish lives would have been saved.
The reaction would be horrendous? After eight years of shelling, the world still reacted strongly.
Israel did not learn from the six day war. It was a spasm war, and the world (temporarily) loved Israel.
Israel is no longer stuck with Olmert. Obama is a bully and like any bully he has showed that he is a wimp. The more that he sucks up to the Arabs, the more they despise him.
It is interesting that the mass of American Jews still do not realize that we have an anti-Semite as a president. They forget that the so-called reverend Wright "is like family" to Obama, quoting Obama.
On another subject, I read Debka File online. While the Jerusalem Post has much more news, Debka File has some items that are carried nowhere else, as far as I know.
Is Debka File widely read in Israel? Leftists like Peace Now believers
would hate it.
I find your postings very interesting and thoughtful.
I did not include my name as I do not know how available it would be.

10th-Sep-2009 08:30 am (UTC) - Re: Reciprocity.
Thanks for the feedback. You can always set yourself up an OpenID, so that your webname is all that we see. But anonymous comments are also welcome!

Reciprocity does not necessarily mean that if a random Israeli is killed then a random Palestinian is killed in retribution. It does mean that the IDF take every possible step to track down and deal with the perpetrators. This is something that we do today. Our problem is that today, once those perpetrators are captured, they are put into prison under conditions where the international community underwrites support salary payments for them and their families, canteen money, legal and medical expenses, education (including high school matriculation, university degrees etc.) and if/when they are released it is to a hero's welcome and assured jobs. I call this a "terrorist insurance scheme" underwritten by the international community. I wrote about it here World Bank: Money won't fix things here

5th-Oct-2009 01:47 am (UTC) - David Frankfurter's Article
I'm with you 100%, Mr. Frankfurter! I wish Israel stopped already giving to those savages who return each of these generous acts with daily rockets, missiles, and vicious propaganda! I'm so sorry that when the enemies were still in their first stages of their savagery, Israel didn't charge against them all with the fury of a beast... now, Israel's good heart and constant proof-giving of its true desire for peace has presented them as weak to the enemies. This encouraged and empowered them and now they've succeeded in convincing the world to erase Israel from the WORLD's map! Now they are heavily armed and well organized and prepared for the kill...Only a miracle will save Israel from those arab muslim brutes, let alone recuperate its territories from 1967.

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