Dear Avigdor Lieberman

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Dear Avigdor Lieberman,

I'm realistic. I don't expect you to fulfill all the threats and statements you've made over the years about how terror should be dealt with. I know that isn't going to happen. And I certainly don't expect you to do what I think should be done - arrest the PA leadership, liquidate Hamas, establish new Jewish Communities and more. Or even what secular Israelis have done in the past to avenge acts of terror, like Meir Har Zion. For some reason, your people have lost that ability- the ability to establish real deterrence and exact real revenge. Its just not there anymore.

However, that doesn't mean you should do nothing. So I will offer these simple and very practical actions for you to consider implementing:

- The house of the arab terrorist should be seized and converted to a military outpost - at least for the next year. (Something much more drastic was done in Yitzhar and nobody was murdered there)

- The Jews who legally purchased houses in Hevron should be allowed to take possession of their residences IMMEDIATELY!!!

- The fence near the site of the attack should be moved further out.

- The Kiryat Arba neighborhood of "Givat Gal" should be legalized or at least stop being harassed by the Civil Administration.

- Hanin Zoubi should be place under administrative detention. She is certainly more of a threat to the State than those suspected of vandalism and petty arson. I'm not necessarily suggesting she should be tortured, but if you're already torturing Jewish teenagers for nothing....

- All development projects in the Kiryat Arab/Hevron area should be immediately approved.

Do half of these and you won't be a hero, but you'll be doing a better job than Moshe Yaalon did and I for one will be somewhat pleasantly surprised. Don't be offended, but my hopes aren't high. Been let down by your kind a bit too much.


Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem