March 11: Lapid unqualified
It is rather like a man who knows how to put a Band-Aid on a minor wound and then calls himself a doctor.
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Sir, – Forgive me for showing just a little concern, but how
is a man like Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid even being considered as Israel’s next
finance minister when he has no business experience whatsoever (“Lapid eyes
Finance Ministry as coalition talks near end,” March 10).
It is rather
like a man who knows how to put a Band-Aid on a minor wound and then calls
himself a doctor.
Without too much effort Israel could soon find itself
in the same financial doldrums as much of Europe and the US, and it will need a
very experienced person with a sound business and economic background to steer
the economy. Lapid does not possess this experience or the judgment to appoint
others to do so.
It is a reflection on his ego that he even thinks he is
Sir, – With regard to
“Police clash with rock-throwing Lapid on Temple Mount Friday” (March 10),
when Arab women surround and threaten a group of Jewish women on the Temple
Mount, and police arrest and ban Jews from the mount, what should we really
expect if not an escalation of violence by emboldened Arabs? How can a Jewish
state institute policies as perverse and undemocratic as these against a segment
of its own population? Arabs can pray at the Jews’ most holy site – but Jews
can’t! When the Arabs cause a provocation there, the Jews are punished with
banishment! These actions, condoned by our Supreme Court and supported by our
attorney-general, are truly unbelievable. To force punishment on Jews by calling
their very presence or prayers a provocation that could lead to violence
virtually ensures continued violence.
In America, such actions would
violate my religious rights. Violent people and groups would be incarcerated to
bring about civil order. What a jolt – to find out how compromised my rights are
here in Israel! Until we start holding Arabs to the same standards and laws as
Jews, we will never have peace, let alone civil order. A united Jerusalem? What
As long as Arabs hold a powder keg in the very heart of our city
we can never truly be free here.
To let them continue to use violence,
intimidation and even hunger strikes to get their way, as well as use the media
as a propaganda tool against Jews and the Jewish state, is unforgivable and a
disgrace to our government.
Where are our politicians’ solutions to these
important issues? Therein lies the problem: No representative form of
government, no constitutional rights, no politicians who really care. God help
Sir, – I must congratulate you and
Ryan N. Behr for the wonderfully funny, yet insightful, article on Zurich
(“Zurich through the eyes of a 3-yearold,” Travel Trends, March 10).
haven’t laughed so much in a long time.
Sir, – The United Nations Security Council is on the verge of
becoming a footnote in history if all it is capable of doing is threatening the
rebels in Syria for having kidnapped and held hostage the UN peacekeepers on the
Golan (“Syrian rebels near Golan border kidnap 21 UN peacekeepers,” March
It is meaningless to use only empty words. Why hasn’t the UN done
something that affects the countries helping the rebels, perhaps by having
others with leverage cut off their arms supplies? No on even knows who these
rebels are. They are a motley group. Are we afraid of a confrontation with Iran,
which has been supplying them with so much materiel? Certainly, the UN has to
speak, but it must also be able to threaten to use force.
Sir, – It is so very reassuring to know that the United
Nations is there to ensure peace on Israel’s borders.
As The Jerusalem
Post’s online edition reported on Friday, seven UN peacekeepers based on the
Syrian side of the Golan border fled into Israel on Thursday night when fighting
between government forces and anti-Assad rebels in the town of Jamla reached
their post. They later returned to Syrian territory. Another 21 were taken
hostage by rebels before being released on Saturday.
So let’s recap: As
long as there is no danger, UN peacekeepers are not required to do anything but
regularly draw their salaries (funded by all of us from our taxes). But the
minute it seems they might have to earn those salaries by doing what they are
paid to do, they demand that Israel provide them with shelter.
not only illogical and absurd, it is downright theft. I’ll have to try this on
All hail the expensive UN peacekeeping farce.
Sir, – Did anyone really think that our
“friend,” the best one we have, would speak in our Knesset in Jerusalem, the
capital of the State of Israel (“Obama will not address Knesset during upcoming
visit,” March 7)? That would go against everything this man stands for – a man
who has made no secret of his desire to appease the Muslim world while throwing
a few tidbits our way to keep Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his
It really has to stop. Otherwise, there is absolutely no
point in calling ourselves a sovereign state.
Even before the revered (by
some) President Barack Obama comes calling it appears that Netanyahu could
already be preparing concessions to keep our “friend” happy, except that nothing
will keep him happy if it does not involve giving our land to the Arabs, which
unfortunately could be what our prime minister is prepared to
Netanyahu made clear in his taped speech to AIPAC’s annual
conference in Washington last week that he would, in his usual grovelling
manner, express his and his country’s “appreciation for what [Obama] has done
for Israel,” and that he wanted to start afresh with the president (“What to
expect when you’re expecting a visit from Obama,” Analysis, March
Will the right-wingers in the government save the day or will keeping
their jobs be more important? I pray the former will be true. Otherwise, I and
countless others made aliya for nothing because nothing is what we will be left
Sir, – With regard to “Reclaiming
the ‘world of Torah’” (Observations, March 8), I enjoy reading the articles of
David M. Weinberg. I try not to miss any of them.
publishing them. Better yet, increase their frequency.
Sir, – It was nice to see some calm, positive news and
perspective (“Rehab expert: Haredim addressing pedophilia issues,” March 6).
However, a sense of reality and fairness would have been better preserved if the
negative news (lack of funding for follow-up) was not addressed merely as an
afterthought to a rather long, upbeat article.
are deeply divided as to whether “injections known as chemical castration...
work to remove any sexual inclinations.”
Together with psychological
therapy they might help in some cases, while in others they do nothing short of
giving a false sense of security.
MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN
The writer has a BA in medicine from the University of Amsterdam and is a
counselor on childhood issues concerning sexuality and intimacy.