For peace to eventuate, we need new Palestinian leaders
19 December 2023, The Australian, Letters
Simon Birmingham correctly points out how Australia and the world would be more peaceful without Hamas (“Eliminating Hamas the best chance at peace in Mid-East”, 18/12). However, often omitted in this discussion is how the Palestinians also would be better off without Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority for that matter.
Both these movements have the objective of removing Israel from the Middle Eastern landscape, and both have also prolonged the misery for Palestinian Arabs by siphoning off billions of dollars intended to facilitate the building of a modern state next door to Israel, not instead of it.
Peace will be achieved only when new Palestinian leaders emerge to advance this goal. Regrettably, it will take at least one generation of modern education to dispel the jihadist-based hatred of Jews and Israel being taught under the auspices of the UN. The sooner the world makes this a priority, the quicker it can be realised.
Alan Freedman, St Kilda East, Vic
Greg Sheridan’s unembellished account relating a brief history of the modern state of Israel since its UN-sponsored creation in 1947 is instructive and timely (“After so many rejections, a two-state solution looks dead”, 16-17/12).
Instructive, as its content, even for the most biased reader, is a truthful statement that demands a rational response rather than prejudiced and predictable rants entirely directed at eliminating Israel.
Timely, as it provides an explanatory backdrop for the poignancy evoked by Gemma Tognini’s enduring picture of courage and conviction on the part of one Israeli in the face of death, a young soldier who understood the fragility of democracy and that it was worth defending (“A true hero isn’t a luvvy in keffiyeh – it’s Ben Zussman”, 16-17/12).
In Tognini’s words, for Israel the war against Hamas is an existential threat, a second war of independence.
She accurately relates that the Australian government’s position on Israel, from the start of the current infraction, has been a flim-flam of spineless confusion, blowing this way and that – double-minded all the time.
It exhibits a pusillanimity hitherto not thought possible on the part of a supposed supporter of a sister democracy. As Tognini points out, Israel is a democracy, however imperfect, the only one functioning in the region, a multicultural society in which citizens live sideby-side under a system of constitutional government bulwarked by the rule of law. I agree with her, absolutely, that the UN and the Australian government, in voting the way they did, have failed Israel completely. History will not forget that failure, which yet may come back to haunt its inheritors.
Ian Dunlop, Hawks Nest, NSW
Gemma Tognini, who grows in stature with every piece she produces, is perfectly correct: to its eternal shame, and ours, the Labor government has effectively chosen to stand with the savages who perpetrated the Kfar Aza and other massacres. History (and at least some of those extant) will indeed remember their choice.
Any government possessed of a functioning moral compass should know the sine qua non for a pause in Israel’s Gaza offensive is the unconditional release of all remaining hostages.
Terry Birchley, Bundaberg, Qld The Japanese were prepared to fight to the last man during World War II. Surrender was out of the question. This is why the Allies dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many hundreds of thousands died and millions were made homeless and ill.
This saved the lives of many thousands of Allied servicemen and ultimately allowed Japan to be properly governed, to the immense benefit of all Japanese.
I see the situation as being analogous with Hamas. It will fight to the last man and will never surrender. Israel has no choice but to defeat it entirely and to allow space for a proper governing body to replace it.
This is at immense cost to Israel in terms both of its own casualties and the condemnation of much of the world, but it has no choice.
Roger Mendelson, Toorak, Vic
Chris Mitchell’s article “Home truth’s about the Middle East” (18/12) should have been on the front page. His use of facts makes it so compelling. A brilliant rebuff of all the nonsense mainstream media has been reluctant to confront.
Anthony Kava, West Pymble, NSW
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Article source: The Australian | Letters | 19.12.23