A statement by Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel that Mr. Toot, the Editorial Department of the New York Times, and the U.S. State Department should all be able to agree onPosted: November 15, 2015
As we all know, whenever Israel acts to defend its citizens from terror attacks they are constantly lectured about “disproportionate retaliation,” “restraint,” “negotiations,” and the usual tripe about “you make peace with your enemies, not your friends” plus other such Kumbaya stuff. It seems that Netanyahu has finally absorbed those notions and he has some sage advice for the French Government.
Mr. Toot you have won. Now you can go back to loving the “good Israel” that those evil Likudniks hijacked.
An open, satirical letter from Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to France’s President François Hollande…
My heartfelt sympathies to you and the French people for the unrest which occurred yesterday. We in Israel have a deep understanding of how to deal with terrorism, and wish to share with you the advice we often hear from the world in the aftermath of such incidents.
As you yourself told us recently following a similar act of terrorism, one must protect oneself from militants, but show restraint to not further fuel a highly sensitive situation in the region.
With one’s friends there is no need to make peace. There is no military solution to the problems of terrorism, and this is why you must seek a diplomatic solution. One must understand the pain and needs of the angry, and not respond inappropriately so that there is an escalation of the cycle of violence. One must negotiate even while under attack; conditioning negotiations on an end to violence is a no-win situation. It will simply extend the bloodshed.
The key is to build a New Europe, one that deals with reality on the ground. To close your borders will only lead to further oppression and anger. If you strike at the perpetrators of the attack and their supporters, you will simply extend and enlarge the cycle of violence. Your bombs will no doubt injure some innocent children and civilians alongside any terrorist activists you strike, and that will simply make the victims seek revenge.
As the world often urges us, begin the healing by declaring a unilateral ceasefire! Give peace a chance! Do not allow yourself to be drawn deeper into the cycle of violence. Show restraint.
The above is a satirical letter to France’s President from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.