Prof. 'Disbelieves' Yonath Quote

Biophysicist Haas says that Prof. Yonath is a wise woman but her political statements ignore the fact that our enemies want to destroy us.

Gil Ronen , | updated: 20:49

Prof. Yonath
Prof. Yonath
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Biophysicist Prof. Elisha Haas issued responded Sunday to statements by Nobel laureate Prof. Ada Yonath, who called for the release of all Arab terrorists from Israeli jails, by saying that they were so baseless that he wondered if she had really said them. “Prof. Yonath is a wise woman, [she is] clever and a great scientist,” he told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, “she has reached great accomplishments and is worthy of the great prize. I know her well and we are friends, but I fear that someone made her say things she did not mean to say.”

"There is no logic in what was quoted from what she said to the media,” explained Haas, who is Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel, “and I think that if she is asked again and will think again about what was published in her name, she would not repeat it in the same way.”
"The Oslo accord was based on false assumptions,” Haas said. “If a scientist makes false assumptions in the laboratory, then in the worst case, there will be an explosion within the laboratory, and if he has taken the proper safety precautions there will be no damage. But if a leader of a state acts upon false assumptions then he can cause tremendous damage to the state.”

Prof. Yonath's statements regarding the lack of a “horizon” for the Arab population were based on the assumption that our enemy “wants to live well, in prosperity, in peace, with a high quality of life and good neighborly relations within Judea and Samaria,” Haas said as he analyzed his colleague's words. “But this is not the case. The aim of the enemy is to liquidate the Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. That is what he states and that is how he acts, even after Oslo, and so it is clear that the assumption is false.”

"The failure of the Oslo accord and the murder of 180 citizens by terrorists who were freed in the past are an experiment that disproves this assumption,” Haas stated. “Any child in the marketplace knows that... a unilateral release of all jailed prisoners is a clearly immoral act. Going by this approach, we should either kill terrorists without a trial or there is no need to try them and it is permitted [for them] to murder.”