I do not represent myself as an expert in international power politics or in the labyrinth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, I am devastated by the decision of the government of Israel (which represents Jews everywhere) to free more than 100 convicted terrorist murderers in the name of hopeless political maneuvering (“Profile in newfound courage,” editorial, August 2).

This decision is unjust. These murderers were given legal due process by the Israeli justice system. Freeing them represents a denial of the legitimacy of the system, of all Israelis, and of all Jews.

The significance of this is far beyond politics. It is a severe blow to the psyche of the Jewish nation. I believe that if we Jews are not entitled to justice we are not entitled to anything.