Herod great or not?
Sir, – When I read in “Fence along Egyptian border has
achieved its aims, says PM” (January 3) that, according to Binyamin Netanyahu,
“[t]here has not been an engineering feat in Israel this large since Herod,” it
made my heart jump! Not because of the fence (I wish it would not be necessary),
but the term Herod.
It referred to our old history.
language we should use more often. It is our ancient land. We should emphasize
names, real places, the Jewish importance of them – and repeatedly, while others
propagate their falsehoods.
We should also use the terms Judea and
Samaria, not West Bank or occupied or disputed territories.
should our references ape a fake division like “east Jerusalem,” but only
recognize and refer to our 3,000-year-old capital Jerusalem.
suggest we drop all artificial political correctness and stay right – because we
are right! All this much more so when our opponents even question the ancient
existence of our Holy Temple.
Sir, – The prime
minister’s comparison of an engineering project to a period of history that
displayed Roman cruelty and terrorism only furthers the idea that the wrong
things have been adapted from the past.
Is this the general association
that exists for the present? Is this masochistic approach an encouraging one or
is it a result of a lack of emotional connection with all the history of the
children of Israel? True, much attention is paid to the Shoah, with much emotion
and regret for the sacrifices made. Yet the Roman era was also one of death and
Does the leadership glorify the Herodian period with this
purely purposeless comparison? How is this reflected in our educational system,
values system and lack of ideals?
ALLEN L. MANDEL
Voting Likud Beytenu
Sir, – I just read Gil Hoffman’s “Likud to warn voters: We could lose election”
I have been a Likud member since making aliya over 43 years
ago. This time around I am not sure for whom to cast my vote.
As a Likud
member I in no way have an affinity with the left-wing parties. I want to make
sure that my vote reflects my position.
Strategist Arthur Finkelstein
advises the heads of the Likud Beytenu campaign to stop attacking Bayit Yehudi
head Naftali Bennett and instead reveal extremist and chauvinist statements made
by candidates on his list. This will not deter most of those who are choosing
not to vote for the Likud.
Wake up and smell the coffee.
for a positive campaign only. Knocking an opponent to whom many are now pledging
their votes will have a negative effect. This seems to be borne out by the
If we vote for Likud Beytenu we want to be sure that after
the election it will bear in mind its constituency’s point of view. Let it heed
its own warning that voting for a satellite party on the Right could result in
the Center-Left forming the next government.
Give us assurances that our
vote for Netanyahu will not be in vain.
I would like to respond to Jonathan Rosen’s “Why vote for Likud Beytenu?”
(Inside Out, January 3).
Among the plethora of political parties,
Likud-Israel Beytenu is the only one with a proven record and the know-how
required to successfully run a government.
Prime Minister Netanyahu would
never win a popularity contest. He doesn’t have a pretty face like Yair Lapid or
the media connections of Lapid and Shelly Yacimovich. He doesn’t play musical
chairs like Tzipi Livni and Amir Peretz. He does not subscribe to the Meretz
vision of a return to the pre-1967 borders.
And it might be blasphemous,
but he does not share President Shimon Peres’s regard for Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas.
According to a recent press report, independent
international studies on national economies, education, social issues, health
and well-being rank Israel higher than most of its neighbors, both near and far.
Although the current government cannot claim credit for all the advances,
neither can it be blamed for all the shortcomings.
Rosen declares that
the lack of a better candidate is not a good enough reason to vote for a
Netanyahu-led ticket. I disagree.
Netanyahu talks the talk – eloquent in
English as well as in Hebrew – and walks the walk of an experienced head of
He is also a pragmatist, and although it may not be my way or
Rosen’s way, he is the only candidate in the political spectrum capable of
keeping our national ship afloat.
Sir, – With regard to “Speed kills” (Editorial, January 3), the government needs
to add more officers enforcing driving safety laws. It needs to take a stand
against unsafe driving – speeding, aggressive lane switching, running red
lights. The list goes on and on.
It needs to invest more in speed
cameras. If drivers knew that their aggressive behavior was likely to lead to a
ticket, they would be more cautious.
Sir, – It is no
secret that Israelis are infamous for their bad driving habits. Weaving in and
out of traffic, driving with gay abandon, racing up to the car in front and
performing dangerous maneuvers are routine procedure on our roads, ending many
times in a violent impact or, put even simpler, a crash.
isn’t an “accident,” which is defined in my dictionary as “an unforeseen or
unexpected event.” Allow me therefore to suggest that the use of this misnomer
be forthwith terminated and another, more accurate, word – collision – be
DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Sir, – There’s
so much more to modesty than any technical guideline can cover, and I am split
over the article “National-religious moderates criticize rabbi’s principles on
women’s modesty” (January 2).
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner does have a point; it
just might not have been dealt with properly.
Limiting what women can
wear to such a small choice of clothing is not realistic or fair. We all need
room for self-expression. Granted, very provocative clothing should be avoided
at all costs for the sake of humanity. On the other hand, women could be dressed
according to technical halachic guidelines but not have a clue about what
modesty really means.
In my belief, it is definitely more important to
focus on how one behaves or speaks around others than to just administer dress
codes. Women also have to feel beautiful. I don’t think God would be satisfied
with a nation of women sulking in all-black attire.
Modesty is a highly
sensitive topic and requires a great deal of love and guidance in teaching
others what is appropriate. It’s demeaning to measure people’s greatness by how
modestly they dress.
Sir, – Having
attended a very lively and noisy election forum under your newspaper’s auspices
(“Multiple viewpoints,” January 2), I must voice my great disappointment that
there was no representative of either Labor or Meretz, although I understand
that both parties were invited to participate.
Surely there are capable
English speakers among the ranks of their respective leadership
Many of the people present would have appreciated hearing their
views on the matters discussed.
It would be interesting to know if this
was a deliberate snub, having written off the Anglo vote?