Sir, – Shas leader Arye Deri states that there should be an
interim agreement with the (socalled) Palestinians, and immediately afterwards
urges an Israeli withdrawal from parts of Judea and Samaria (“In ‘Post’
interview, Deri calls for long-term deal with Palestinians,” January 4). Perhaps
he was incarcerated too long to realize that an interim agreement with your
enemy ultimately becomes a permanent agreement.
On the one hand Deri
says, “We aren’t nationalist,” and then states that God gave us this land.
First, why isn’t he a nationalist? That’s what he and all of us should be.
Second, if God gave us this land, who gave Deri the right to give it to others?
His comment, “Our rabbis will decide what is best to do,” is particularly
objectionable, as rabbis are supposed to decide halachic questions, not
political or national questions, especially when it comes to relinquishing our
Who else is there?
Sir, – Regarding
“Republican Sen. Rand Paul to arrive on Sunday” (January 4), the senator is
quoted as saying that he is “appreciative of the fact that Israel is...one of
the few true democracies in the Middle East....”
Paul might want to
consider surrounding himself with better advisers on foreign affairs or do some
of his own investigating.
Exactly which other Middle Eastern country is
considered a democracy?
ZE’EV M. SHANDALOV
– The law doesn’t cover all instances of immorality. That is the case with
former US vice president Al Gore’s sale of his TV channel (“Al Gore’s Current TV
said to have been sold for $500 million to Al Jazeera,” January 4).
received the Nobel Prize for his outstanding ecological achievements. It
obviously does not include the morally and politically polluting victory of Al
Jazeera gaining a foothold in the ex-vice president’s own country.
Food for thought
Sir, – The section on restaurants in your
Billboard publication has been becoming more and more non-kosher. Last week’s
coverage of four non-kosher restaurants was simply inexcusable.
writers simply too lazy to move out of their Tel Aviv, non-religious bubble and
write reviews that many Jerusalem Post readers would be able to use?
Sir, – Billboard had four restaurant reviews, and not one of
the restaurants was kosher. I really find that disappointing. Two non-kosher
reviews have become the norm; certainly one out of four could be a kosher
Not the speed
Sir, – Your editorial
“Speed kills” (January 3) is totally misleading.
Saying that speed kills
is a vain attempt to reduce road fatalities. Speed does not kill; it is
incompetent driving that does.
Speed may magnify the consequences of an
accident but is almost never the primary cause. Most accidents do not
happen on main highways anyway.
The only reason a speed limit should not
be raised is perhaps the generally poor infrastructure of roads and the abysmal
standard of driving in Israel. The recent decline in road fatalities is due only
to an improvement of that infrastructure in recent years and has nothing to do
with speed cameras. The cameras are there mainly to collect money, and
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz as well as the police know
Sir, – After driving in England for 48 years I
passed my Israeli driving test – but cannot drive here as the driving on the
whole is disastrous and too many people get killed on the road. Many others feel
the same way.
The speed limit should certainly not be raised, and I think
a partition should be made in roads for safer driving. The lines in some cases
are very badly maintained. In a built-up area the speed should be reduced
considerably, like in England.
Sadly, Israelis drive like they are in a
war zone, but in some cases road safety is still the responsibility of the
government. Everyone should try and get together to change this.
God and gays
Sir, – I have a great deal of respect and admiration
for Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, who is surely one of the leading Torah scholars
in our time. However, unless something was left out of “Senior
national-religious rabbi calls for community to exhibit ‘greater honesty’ toward
homosexuals” (January 3) regarding his view on the acceptance of those who
practice homosexuality in the Salute to Israel Parade in New York City, I would
like to ask him a question.
If a group of Jews wished to march in the
parade with banners proudly proclaiming their pride in not observing Shabbat or
not abiding by kashrut, would you be comfortable with this? I believe the point
of the ban was not that these people are homosexual.
This is a private
matter for the Almighty to deal with. Their proud display of their homosexuality
is objectionable and I believe this would be a desecration of God in
The writer is a rabbi
Sir, – “Jewish man’s best friend” (View from the Hills, January 2) by Josh
Hasten left me feeling very uneasy for two reasons.
Reason number one: It
showed contempt for the Arab population.
Reason number two: Why import
dogs from Holland? Our animal shelters in Israel are full of dogs of all shapes
and sizes, pure- and mixed-breeds. Experts could certainly find dogs that
qualify for the assignments. Dr.
Rudolphina Menzel trained local Canaani
dogs for the Hagana and as guide dogs for the blind.
What was not said
Sir, – In “Netanyahu: Commit to two states”
(Encountering Peace, January 1), Gershon Baskin correctly states that
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must convince the Israeli people
that he is a true partner for peace. Alas, Baskin did not mention Abbas’s
Facebook page marking the 48th anniversary of Fatah.
As pointed out by
Itamar Marcus of Palestine Media Watch, the page is filled with anti-Semitic
incitement, praise for Palestinian terrorists and pictures of armed Palestinian
children. This being the case, it is quite obvious that Abbas has failed
Baskin’s requirements for two states to live side by side in peace and
Maybe Baskin could truthfully explain what it is that Abbas
Sir, – In response to Gershon
Baskin, Leslie Wagner (“A twostate solution is the only way,” Comment &
Features, January 1), presidents Shimon Peres and Barack Obama, and all the
others who look at the world as they would like it to be instead of how it is:
There cannot be a two-state solution that does not include Gaza, and Gaza does
not want to be part of a two-state solution.
In addition, until the
Palestinians finally have the elections they have been talking about for five
years and vote for somebody to represent them, there is no use wasting time on
Mahmoud Abbas’s term ran out a long time ago.
them vote and see what the majority wants. Then we will see if they want peace