|Oppose Nobel Prize to
Benjamin Merhav, October 2005
following is a protest letter to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (via
Eva Krutmeiger : firstname.lastname@example.org ). Please
sign the petition and/or send your personal protest letter to Eva
Krutmeiger as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Benjamin Merhav
To The Royal Swedish Academy of
We, the undersigned, protest your decision to award the 2005 Nobel Prize
in Economic to Professors Robert J. Aumann and Thomas C. Schelling. The
Academy's reasoning that these persons have "enhanced our understanding of
conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis" is monstrous. In
fact, the Academy has awarded the prize to two warmongers.
Schelling's theory encourages the coercive use of military force, used to
induce desired behavior in an adversary, rather than simply to destroy the
enemy's military capacity. His ideas were the direct inspiration for US
strategy in Vietnam, of indiscriminantly bombing the North in order to
persuade Ho Chi Minh to stop supporting the Vietcong in the South [see
This strategy resulted in 2 million civilian deaths and was a complete
failure in realizing its objectives.
Aumann uses his analysis to justify the Israeli Occupation and the
oppression of the Palestinians. Neither of these individuals has
contributed anything that improves the human condition; rather, they have
contributed to the misery of millions.
Aumann characterizes the recent evacuation of Israeli settlers from Gaza
Strip as "expulsion" and Ariel Sharon's policies as influenced by a
dangerous rush to achieve peace. Aumann is a veteran member of the
far-right think tank, Professors for a Strong Israel, the first principle
of which is:
The Land of Israel is the Homeland of the Jewish People: Judea, Samaria,
Gaza, and the Golan Heights are integral parts of the Land of Israel.
Every Jew has an inherent right to live in security and under Israeli
sovereignty in any part of this Land. We are categorically opposed to
yielding control of any part of the Land of Israel to any foreign entity.
This is a proven recipe for bloodshed. It is a principle in opposition to
a just resolution of the horrific conflict that is destroying both
Palestinian and Israeli societies. In supporting this, Aumann advocates
violating international law and disregarding overwhelming international
consensus. According to Aumann's game-theory, the longer Israel waits, the
more concessions the Palestinians will be forced to make In other words,
Israel should forestall any political negotiation that might lead to a
This criminal and dangerous school of thought should not be honoured. It
should be condemned.
You should reverse your decision to reward Professors Schelling and
Aumann. We request that you find people who have truly advanced the health
and welfare of human, as has always been the intention of the Nobel prize.
to sign the statement:
The 2005 Nobel Prize for Economics