Hamas don't want to live in peace with non-Muslim people
Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30
* C Bowman (July 29) is right about the one-state solution, although probably not in the way he intended.
He asks that if Palestinians and Israelis claim they can live in peace in two states, then why can't they live in peace in one. But he should know that they can't because Hamas's explicit goal is still to get rid of Israel and kill all its citizens, not just the Jewish ones but the Muslim and Christian 'collaborator' ones, too. Hamas do not want to live in peace with any non-Muslim people anywhere and want to create a medieval Sharia Islamic state. How can you ever have a rational debate with people who have that aim as their starting point? Israel is the perfect deflection for when the Palestinian leadership want to divert attention from their own corruption and failings, despite the hundreds of millions provided to them, to provide even the most basic social services.
Even the IRA at the height of its terrorist campaign wasn't going to murder all Protestants if it gained control of Northern Ireland. Even if Israel agreed to the 1967 borders it had before it was again invaded by Arab armies, Gaza and The West Bank will never make an economically viable state. The real tragedy for the Palestinians is that by the world continuing to pander to such a myth, they keep them living in their self-created ghettos across the Arab world even longer, while it is Arab states who refuse to grant Palestinians, even those born in those countries, citizenship.
The one-state solution is easy but it takes guts to point it out. That one state should be Israel.
There is no difference between a Palestinian and a Jordanian, so the West Bank should become part of Jordan and Gaza should become part of Egypt, with all the Palestinians being given a choice as to which state they want to live in and granted full citizenship in those states within a federal structure. The West and oil-rich Arab states can stump up the cost of paying for repatriation and setting up new communities with sustainable employment, that is if most of it isn't siphoned off through corruption. Jordan and Egypt can sign a peace treaty with Israel, fixing the 1967 borders and ratified by the UN.
Radical yes, but more realistic and credible than any current efforts to force a Palestinian state that will never last, due to corruption, economic viability and inter-Muslim violence, into being.
CANARY WHARF, LONDON
BOYCOTT ISRAEL UNTIL SIEGE LIFTED
* Now is the time to let Israel know that a complete boycott of Israel might not stop until the siege of Gaza is lifted – all goods, and contact of all description should stop. Now.
WHERE IS COMPASSION TO PLIGHT?
* The efforts of UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to broker a ceasefire in Gaza have been thwarted by what he describes as "a lack of political will". How much carnage must the civilian population of Gaza endure before world political leaders muster the courage to cry halt to this senseless slaughter, and insist that Israel desists from its practice of collective punishment of the civilian population, and honours its obligations under international law? The people of Gaza are now trapped in appalling living conditions. Where is our compassion as a global community for their plight? Could it be that in the eyes of many world leaders the people of Gaza simply fall into the category of 'those human beings who do not count'?
RAHEENROCHE, DUNGARVAN, CO KILKENNY
DISMAYED BY ABORTION STANCE
* I was dismayed to read your article by Deirdre Conroy (25/7/14) deploring the lack of abortion services in Ireland. She stated that we believe it is wrong to impose inhumane and degrading treatment on any human being.
While I could not agree more with this statement, I am finding it a little difficult to see how the unborn child fails to meet with the above criteria.
Perhaps Ms Conroy would like to explain?
FOSTER COURT, GALWAY
REAPPRAISE LEGACY OF ASGARD
* The bringing of arms by the Asgard and the 1916 uprising should be appraised from different viewpoints. When this is done, violence will be seen as a zero sum game. We are all interdependent and there cannot be a mutual gain from violence. John Donne said "Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee". Those who glamorise violence are telling a lie and that lie can only be maintained by more violence or the threat of violence. The legacy of 1916 is poverty and emigration and the shameful neutrality in WW2 when the West was fighting for human rights against the greatest evil that ever existed in the world.
BARRINGTON STREET, LIMERICK
IMPORTANT TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL
* Geraldine Lynagh's "Top tips to achieve a longer life" (Independent, July 28) reminded me of the story of the man who visited his doctor for advice about living to the ripe old age of 100 years.
"Well," replied the doctor, "go to bed every night at 8pm, give up the drink and the cigarettes, eat only food that is good for you rather than food you enjoy, avoid any activity that might excite you and resist the temptations of the flesh."
"If I follow your advice and do everything you recommend," inquired the patient, "will I live for 100yrs?"
"I can't guarantee that," replied the doctor, "but it will certainly feel like you have!"
It's far more important to live life to the full and make the most of every day as we act out Shakespeare's seven stages of life. Then we'll have no regrets when it's time to get off the stage. Carpe Diem!
SPA, TRALEE, CO KERRY
URGE OBAMA TO END 'MADNESS'
* As Taoiseach, Enda Kenny I appeal to you, make contact with President Obama and other world leaders with regard to this madness (killing of children in Gaza conflict). Remember "the only way for evil to continue is for good men to do nothing".
BRIAN MC DEVITT,
ARDCONNAILL, GLENTIES, CO DONEGAL
NCT TESTS MORALLY DISHONEST
* We read in your newspaper (July 28) that the NCT organisation is to be more amenable towards motorists booking their cars in for a test. Isn't it just a pity that they would not address the practice of backdating the test to the anniversary of first registration? This practice is there for the sole purpose of maximising the revenue from every car over four years old. No allowance is made for cars that may be genuinely off the road for long periods. In the UK the MOT cert is given for a full 12 months from the date tested, not backdated.
Brussels only dictated that cars be tested every two years or one year depending on age and did not stipulate back-to-back dating of tests. I know this as I complained to the Commissioner for Transport last year. He determined that the Irish Government was not doing anything illegal.
Illegal, maybe not, but morally dishonest, yes.
COALPARK, CLONBUR, CO GALWAY