Your advice to the new Israeli government

In Jerusalem on Tuesday, we’ll have a group of Israelis on WHYS who will have just voted. I’m looking for specific practical suggestions of what you’d like the new government to do for it to contribute to Israel, the region and the world in a way that you feel will benefit us all? And while polemic and history both have their place, for this post let’s stick to policy and actions, and be as specific as you can.

17 Responses to “Your advice to the new Israeli government”

  1. February 9, 2009 at 11:03

    Salaam to Al Quds Al Sharif…
    Every country in this world has its own borders, separating it from its neighbours… I’d like the new Israeli PM to answer this question for me : Where do the borders of Israel end ?! If the new Israeli PM can make it clear to the outside world that the borders of the state of Israel end at ????? then he/she will do us all a great favour… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad…

  2. February 9, 2009 at 13:31

    newly elected Israeli government should avoiding carnage but justice resolve all the matter attributed to Hamas and the people of people through negotiations.

    The outgoing government has been protesting of rocket firing in side israel but still have blockade for which Hamas has been demanding since long why they can’t open it having known that it is main suply line of essentials to the Gazans.

  3. February 9, 2009 at 16:43

    My advice to the new Israelis Government is that they should forget about the past and forge ahead for peace, development, and self prodoutivity for the betterment of their war torn country. There is no success without struggle, so please Israel, put the past behind you and pray for a prosperous future. No more invasion, no more surppression, and no more Human right violations on innocent citizens of your country. Pray now for peace. That is my message to the new Government and the people of Israel.

    Mohammed Kondawa

    Monrovia Liberia

  4. 4 Amir
    February 9, 2009 at 16:50

    Despite a lot of protestation about peace , the fact is that most Israeli leaders’ real intent is to expropriate the Palestinians of more and more land and water resources. Like many before them Israelis have used brute force to drive away or shackle the original inhabitants of this land.

    However if there is a genuine desire for peace my advice to the Israeli people is to force their government to state publicly , as a matter of policy , how much land is enough for Israel and what are the actual borders that they are aiming at.

    If the desire for a lasting peace be genuine , the Israeli people and their leaders should then settle for borders acceptable to both parties and compromise on the refugee issues ,Jerusalem etc

  5. 5 Syed Hasan Turab
    February 9, 2009 at 17:19

    No doubt Isriel is Jewish state & have strong Jewish support, but the real problem is foreign enterfearance specially USA & EU.
    In my personal openion if Isreli Govt stop taking foreign dictation’s will suceed.

  6. 6 viola
    February 9, 2009 at 17:19

    Stay strong. Weakness calls the predators.

  7. February 9, 2009 at 17:44

    Stay weak. Strength calls the predators.

  8. February 9, 2009 at 18:08

    Hello voters. Which of you feel their representatives are most responsive on the bread and butter issues? Is that why you made your choice or is ideology primary?

    Are there hot button local problems that are getting worse due to resource drain towards war?

    Were you, regardless of politics, sad to spend the unusual confluence last December of Jewish and Christian holidays with the bombs unleashed and the soldiers away from their families?

  9. 9 ~Dennis Junior~
    February 9, 2009 at 18:39

    My advice for the New Israel Government: Stay strong, and work hard for the people of Israel….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  10. 10 Mona Westerberg
    February 9, 2009 at 18:53

    I would like for the Israelis to take a look at themselves from the outside view and to ask why so many think of Israel as a bully and a apartheid state. Go back to at least the 1967 borders and start treating Palestinians as humans.

  11. 11 Fred
    February 10, 2009 at 00:00


    If only the Arabs had accepted that between 1948 and 1967

    which they did NOT .

    The Arabs have to accept Israel full stop -they wish it to go away

    it wont .

    Maybe that why some Israelis said draw a line again [the Security Fence ]

    and you stay there and we will stay here -if you dont want to live in peace

    amongst us go there and live in peace .

  12. 12 Ali Arar
    February 10, 2009 at 03:19

    My advice to the new Israeli government is to listen to the people who actually live in Israel, not to the freaks who leave angry comments on BBC websites.

  13. February 10, 2009 at 10:00

    Salaam to Al Quds Al Sharif…
    In medicine, what differentiates a benign mass from a malignant mass is that a benign mass is well-circumscribed and has a well-defined borders, while a malignant cancerous mass is poorly circumscribed and has ill-defined borders…
    My advice to the Israeli people in general : Get your state well-defined borders, only then your state can be classified as “benign”…
    As for the “stay strong” stuff, with all due respect, there’s actually a huge difference between staying strong and slaughtering the person who’s put a pin in your palm, and please notice that that person has put a pin in your palm b/c you made him go through the actual hell, a hell that you yourself won’t even imagine… How can you imagine the hell that you’ve put him through while you’re still crying bitterly b/c of the pin in your hand ?! May be your life worth too much… May be your sufferance from the pin in your hand matters the most… But can I ask you this : How many innocent civilians should be murdered for you to feel satisfied ?! Here’s another advice to the Israeli people in general : Please stop making tension headache looking as bad as lung cancer… Stop making your sufferance as an excuse inorder to make other innocent civilians go through the actual hell… ALL human lives are precious… Your lives should be more precious than the life of any other human being… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad…

  14. 14 Ran
    February 10, 2009 at 11:22

    Amir said … “Like many before them Israelis have used brute force to drive away or shackle the original inhabitants of this land. ”

    Who are the original inhabitants? Abraham, from Ur in Iraq, settled there. Jews were predominant 2100 years ago, but were removed by “brute force.” Palestinians have Jordan as a homeland; what is the homeland for the Jews?

  15. 15 Ricardo
    February 10, 2009 at 12:52

    I would advise the Isreali government to realize that they have to make peace now not to wait for peace now. Comparing the living standards of Isrealis and Palestinians, it is the Isrealis that have to loose in a continuing conflict. The Palestianians living in squalor and poverty do not have anything to loose except their lives. Isreal has to take unilateral steps. An improvement in the living conditions of the Palestinians are the seeds of peace. They have to be sown by Isreal. So go for it Benjamin Nethanjahu, or else the conflict will be neverending with generations of generattios being sucked into it. And, remember, new Isreali government, each human being forming part of this generation on either side has a right to pursuit of hapiness not just the decision makers bent on regaining or staying in power.

  16. February 11, 2009 at 12:43

    Hi Lubna
    Couldn’t both sides turn a new page?
    The intelligent answers and lingering doubt on security in Israel on Tuesday’s program was encouraging.
    We in Iran must understand that Palestinians and israelis, Arabs and Jews must live and peace.
    Dialogue between Tehran and Tel Aviv is even more important than talking to Washington. We live side by side, we know our problems and can solve them together. Why shouldn’t we get together?
    Part of the problem has been politicizing issues by hardline elements on both sides, in Europe and the States. It would be folly to try and gain political salvo and material advantages by drumming up discord within Palestininian ranks or between Reformists and Fundamentalists in Iran.

  17. 17 John in Germany.
    February 11, 2009 at 14:20

    The United Nations obvious leaning towards the Palestine peoples is enough to keep Israel on its toes. How long did it take Hamas to fire its first rocket after declaring some sort of peace.

    Tunnels have been used to Help the Gazza peoples? tommy rot, to import arms, and other non social requirements of Hamas.

    To the New Israel Government- Do what you think, and know, that which is correct to maintain Israel’s existence. Talk if you wish but always remember to hold the Aces in secret, so that they can always be called in surprise. When people supposedly educated and intelligent like Williamson deny the Holocaust, then you have every right to be more than careful in how you deal with Radicals. But please remember it is sometimes easier to get rid of a fly by flicking it away, before Hammering it with a swap.

    Oh and by the way, remember that you also have radical thinking people like all countries, please try and play the political game without giving in to them.

    May God be with you in all you do
    John in Germany.

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