Apology to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

This is a photo that I took the other day at a lake in my current neighborhood.  Photo credit ARETE / Simone Kussatz
This is a photo that I took the other day at a lake in my current neighborhood. Photo credit ARETE / Simone Kussatz

Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

I wish to extend my sincere apology for mistakenly referring to you as President instead of Prime Minister in two of my recent blog entries published in the Times of Israel. I understand that the editors may currently be preoccupied with the recent Iranian drone attack, and I do not wish to burden them with correcting the error. At the time of writing, my perspective was influenced by the American political system, where the President holds significant power.

I deeply regret this oversight and feel a sense of shame, but I acknowledge that what’s done is done. Despite any opinions others may have of me, I want to emphasize that I harbor no ill will toward Israelis, or Jewish people and I do not wish for civilians, whether in Gaza or elsewhere, to suffer.

In expressing my plea for forgiveness, I must admit to a degree of self-interest, as I am concerned for the safety of my friends and family and myself amidst escalating tensions and potential nuclear threats. Having formed friendships worldwide and taught students from diverse backgrounds, I cannot bear the thought of any harm coming to them or their families. It is with this sentiment that I seek your forgiveness and implore you to consider my perspective.

I urge you to take a moment to reflect on the ramifications of further violence and to seek a path to peace. In times of anger and turmoil, our decisions may not always reflect wisdom.

While you may perceive my words as naive or idealistic, I feel compelled to speak out as an ordinary individual who lacks the influence of the elite. I advocate for diplomacy and compassion over conflict.

Furthermore, I acknowledge my limitations, particularly in the field of journalism, a profession I aspire to despite recognizing my shortcomings, especially under pressure or in challenging circumstances. While some excel in such environments, I find myself more sensitive to external stimuli. My deepest respect goes to those who bravely navigate such challenges, including war journalists who risk their lives to report unbiased news.

On a personal note, I must share a deeply saddening event that has impacted me profoundly. On March 1, 2024, a 19-year-old teenager named Dylan, a friend’s son, took his own life. Dylan once celebrated my birthday with me, and his parents annually sent me Christmas cards with his photo, where, as a child, he wished for world peace. His tragic loss serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of understanding the human toll of conflicts and tensions.

In closing, I express gratitude to the Times of Israel for providing a platform for me to share these thoughts, as well as to social media for facilitating dialogue and expression.

Thank you for your attention and understanding.


Simone Suzanne Kussatz

About the Author
Simone Suzanne Kussatz was born in Germany, lived in the US for 25 years, spent a year in China, and currently resides in France. Educated at Santa Monica College, UCLA, and the Free University of Berlin, she interned at the American Academy in Berlin. Holding a Master's in American Studies, journalism, and psychology, she worked as a freelance art critic in Los Angeles. World War II history fascinates her, influenced by her displaced grandparents and her father's childhood in Berlin during the war, and his escape from East Berlin in 1955. Her brother's intellectual disabilities and epilepsy added a unique perspective to her life.
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