Dear Sir,

If your R.F. is so determined to organize an international peace force against Israeli wishes, (see Sunday April 14, pg 2) I propose that he should send it first to Ireland, that land with a long and bloody history of terrorist-thugs. Perhaps the German Army would volunteer to lead the way since the Israelis don't want them... maybe you have forgotten why, and of course they have never yet realized their ambitions to set foot on British soil. I also think you should either put a muzzle on Fleming's biased political rantings or at least provide balance with anyone more neutral. Ray perhaps is too young to remember or too biased, more's the pity, to remember how UN “Peace Keepers” on the Lebanese-Israeli border some 20 years ago turned their backs on Arab terrorists infiltrating their “line” to commit their bloody acts of violence on Israeli soil. Like the Israeli statesman, Abba Eban told the UN, “When it started raining terror you folded your Umbrella” ... as Jews the world over say,...“NEVER AGAIN!!”.

Larry Hirsch. San Diego, CA.92108, USA. (by email)

Put an end to this religious strife
Dear Sir,

Why not put an end to this religious strife and establish a bond of connection between the hearts of Israelis and Palestinians? Both Jesus and Mohammed praised Moses. Why do Jews refuse to praise and accept Jesus and Mohammed? What harm could there be in this? The Jews would loose nothing by such a statement. On the contrary, they would contribute to the welfare of all mankind. They would bring happiness into the world. God provides for all and protects all. Why should His creation war and fight causing mutual grief and sorrow? God is loving and merciful to all. His intention is love and unity between all mankind. Jews would loose nothing by praising both of Gods Messengers, Jesus and Mohammed. What an unprecedented and historical contribution such a statement would make to unity and, therefore, peace on our small planet.

Dr. G. Bonsall, Alcudia (by e-mail).

Hotels to tax their guests
Dear Editor,

So it will be up to the hotels to collect the tourist tax from their guests rather than the tour companies who do not want to get involved. I can foresee the scenario as a result of this: English or German family of four arrive at the hotel of their choice from the brochure after paying around £2'000 for their holiday plus £500 or so spending money. On arrival at their hotel they are asked by the Receptionist for an extra 2 euros per person per night or they won't be given a room. The adults protest that they have paid for their holiday 8 weeks prior to departure and they will not pay anymore. The rep that did the airport pick up has already left this hotel to return to the coach and deliver other unsuspecting holiday makers about to be fleeced at their respective hotels, and the hotel based rep does not arrive until the welcome meeting the following day so how can the family move to another hotel that will not charge the tax? Will they be left on the hotel steps or pavement with their luggage after being refused accommodation? Will they have to spend the night on the beach? Will they only be refused accommodation? What about meals, can they sleep on the beach but have meals in the hotel? Don't forget that these people have spent a lot of money to be treated like this. The whole thing is a complete shambles!! Let this happen at the beginning of May a few times, and once the media get hold of this there will be plenty of empty hotels on the island by August! Everyone will have gone somewhere else.

Carole Giffen, Cambridge (by e-mail).

One man and his dog
Dear Sir,

Congratulations to the Calvia and Balearic councils again! This last week-end saw motor bike scrambling races (watched by less than one man and his dog) held in Portals Vells and Cala Falco. The course included the public roads near the casino. With the aid of policemen (stopping legitimate traffic) these nutters broke all sorts of traffic laws not to mention cutting up the paths in the woodland; the cost of repair presumably covered by the equally ridiculous ecotax to be paid by law abiding lager louts in Magaluf! Whilst I'm on, refering to the rescue of Dr. Irons and others, I have a splendid idea. If the “emergency services” were to “rescue” people from in front of their tellies it would be not only safer for all but by doing whole streets at a time it would save bundles of Euros!

John Rule, Sol de Mallorca (by email).

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