Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Sharon's strategy didn't work [Letter]

Guy Ziv perceives an absence of strong leadership in current day Israel ("Sharon's style is missed," Jan. 16). He pines for the days of Ariel Sharon and criticizes current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as being weak and irresolute. Mr. Ziv longingly reminisces about Sharon's decision to evacuate Jewish communities from Gaza and how this differentiates him from the current Israeli government.

What the writer neglects to describe is what happened after Sharon's "bold" move. Gaza became a terrorists' safe haven. Thousands of rockets have been fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, wreaking havoc with the daily lives of the citizens who live within their reach.

How different things could have turned out if the Palestinians had chosen the path of peace after this unilateral move which at the time was cheered by the whole world. The chances of a total peace accord coming to fruition would have increased substantially.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is neither weak not irresolute. He is standing strong in the face of those who think that peace will come just because we want to believe it will. No longer is Israel willing to give up something for nothing in return. I firmly believe that if the Palestinians were willing to live peacefully with Israel, an accord would have already been reached. However, the Palestinians cannot even agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, let alone compromise on any of their current positions.

Michael Langbaum, Baltimore

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom
    Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom

    On Sept. 26, an interdisciplinary cohort of students, faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University answered President Ronald Daniel's call to join the conversation on academic freedom, which he wrote, "deserves dialogue and debate" ("Hopkins welcomes debate on academic freedom," Feb. 26)....

  • Israel's reaction to Jerusalem killings is measured, Palestinians' is disgraceful
    Israel's reaction to Jerusalem killings is measured, Palestinians' is disgraceful

    The Sun's editorial, "Tragedy in Jerusalem" (Nov. 20) about the murders of four rabbis and a policeman by Palestinian terrorists starts well: "This was an act of pure nihilism and murderous hatred that deserves the world's unequivocal condemnation and scorn..." But then comes "that said," and...

  • Why Israel isn't rushing to fight ISIS
    Why Israel isn't rushing to fight ISIS

    Letter writer Fred Lebert asks why Israel hasn't joined the fight against ISIS ("Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?" Oct. 21).

  • Why African-Americans don't support Israel
    Why African-Americans don't support Israel

    Unfortunately, many African Americans as well as the general population do not support Israel because of a lack of knowledge about the origins and the history of the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors ("Why aren't more African Americans supporting Israel?" Oct. 20).

  • Act of terrorism ignored
    Act of terrorism ignored

    It is deplorable that The Sun, which was so out front depicting the casualties and damage this summer in Gaza during the war started by Hamas, decided to bury news of the murder of a Jewish baby (and American citizen) by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem at the bottom of Page 8 ("Baby killed...

  • Tragedy in Jerusalem
    Tragedy in Jerusalem

    There can be no excuse, no explanation, no reasoned or even plausible justification for the horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that left four rabbis and an Israeli police officer dead. The assailants, two Palestinian militants armed with axes, meat cleavers and a gun who entered...

  • Sun hits a moral low in editorial on Jerusalem attack
    Sun hits a moral low in editorial on Jerusalem attack

    The recent editorial in The Sun regarding the attack in Jerusalem set a new low in moral equivalency ("Tragedy in Jerusalem," Nov. 20). The editorial board spent all of two sentences stating that there is no justification for such an attack and then went on to explain how both sides have been...

  • No statehood for murderers
    No statehood for murderers

    The cold-blooded and planned murder of four rabbis, three American and one British, in West Jerusalem by Palestinian Arabs was celebrated both in Gaza and the West Bank ("Tragedy in Jerusalem," Nov. 19). This demonstrates that there can be no permanent nor true peace between Israelis and...

Comments
Loading