Senseless act

Updated 06 March 2017
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Senseless act

This refers to the report “Israel aircraft attack Hamas targets after rocket fired from Gaza” (Feb. 28). As a matter of fact, Hamas should come to its senses and not launch unnecessary rockets from Gaza into Israel. Hamas should remember that Israel is mightier than Hamas and has nuclear power. Undue provocation on the part of Hamas will be detrimental for its progress and peace. Hamas also must understand that launching rockets cannot destroy Israel, but in response to launching rockets, Israeli attacks will create mishaps in Gaza. From this perspective, Hamas’ launching rockets is senseless and it should desist from the act.
Should Hamas have problems, it should request the legitimate Palestinian Authority to take its grievances to the UN and solve its problems. Hamas must know that it is on terrorist lists in the Western world, so it must improve its attitude so that it may be removed from the lists. It will be very essential for Hamas to do something good to remove its name from terrorist lists, so that in times of emergency, it can resort to the UN to solve its problems. On the other hand, Israel should not find pretexts to launch its barbaric attacks on Gaza and should mend its ways of dealing with Palestine so that peaceful ways can be negotiated.
It is no doubt that the Palestinian people have been bearing the brunt of Israeli force for more than seven decades and it is high time the UN and superpowers did something positive to stop Israeli incursions so that peace may be achieved between Israel and Palestine. Israel must note that Palestine accepts Israeli existence and that is why Palestine has been asking for the two-state solution for peace on both sides. It is high time America should dispense justice and not favor Israel’s illegal ways. It is very apparent that if America were serious, Israeli and Palestinian problems would soon be solved. The world has been observing for a long time that America has been conniving with Israel’s atrocities and not taking any drastic action to stop skirmishes between Palestine and Israel.
In the time of Barack Obama, he only delivered flowery speeches and did nothing positive to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, and eight years of his governance passed without finding a solution to this conflict.
The Donald Trump administration should do something very seriously for this conflict so that innocent lives may be saved and that both sides could live in a peaceful environment. Israel should remember that the Arab world accepts Israel’s existence and wants to live in harmony and peace with it, and from this perspective Israel should sit at the negotiating table for the sake of solving long standing issues and achieving peace and tranquility on both sides.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia