Sir, – I am tired and actually rather negative-thinking about the peace process.
I am tired of President Shimon Peres saying that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is our best chance for a peace partner (“Peres tells Jewish Media Summit that he has no words of wisdom for president-elect Rivlin,” June 23). I am tired of US President Barack Obama trying to arrange peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The idea of peace is very noble and Israel wants peace. However, let us get some facts straight.
It is the Palestinians who walked away from the peace process. It is Abbas who made a pact with the devil when he embraced Hamas and brought it into his government. It is Obama who says he keeps pulling on both sides to make painful compromises when in fact the only side everyone is pulling on for painful compromises is Israel – the one whose children are still being kidnapped.
The rockets constantly being hurled at Israel seek to kill women and children.
It is pure wickedness on the part of all these people and countries to demand that Israel be forced into a peace that can never be unless there is a real desire on the part of the Palestinians to live in a world where Israel exists and is part of reality.
Peace can never happen until all these noble people stop talking about it and start really wanting it by making the Palestinians know they cannot keep kidnapping our children and throwing rockets at us. This is the first step to reality! TOBY WILLIG
Jerusalem A just sentence...
Sir, – I agree with reader Naftali Wagschal (“Sad day,” Letters, June 24) that former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski established a most important charity, Yad Sarah. But I am afraid that Lupolianski was blinded by bribery (“Ex-J’lem mayor Lupolianski gets 6 years,” June 20) and should have known from his studies that one cannot do a good deed from an illegal act.
I cannot comment about the court hearing but I would assume that Mr.
Lupolianski was represented adequately. Unfortunately for him, the result of his misguided action stands on Jerusalem’s skyline as an eyesore for all to see every day, and most likely for a very long time.
Perhaps if Mr. Wagschal lived in Jerusalem he might think differently.JOSH FEINGOLD
Jerusalem ...or is it?
Sir, – In “Ex-J’lem mayor Lupolianski gets 6 years” you report that Judge David Rozen’s decision to imprison former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski discounted a lawyer’s medical report saying that “imprisoning [him] could endanger his life.” The judge’s pronouncement was based on “two top medical experts working for the Prisons Service” who certified that Lupolianski’s condition would be routinely treated by prison physicians.
The conflict of interest of the experts working for the Prisons Service as well as Lupolianski’s hospitalization the previous night due to pneumonia render their advice untenable.
Does the judge appreciate the danger of a prison environment to someone who needs more than “routine” medical treatment because of his lymphoma and the fact that the treatment for it impairs his immune system, which in turn exposes him to potentially fatal complications? Rozen should have consulted with a senior oncologist of neutral standing.
On moral and clinical grounds, Judge Rozen must find a solution that will not impose unnecessary life-threatening dangers for Lupolianski.ARNOLD ROSIN
The writer is a retired physician and professor of medicine, and formerly headed the geriatric department of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem
Sir, – Regarding the recent “30th-anniversary celebrations of the Israel- Asia Chamber of Commerce” covered in your June 25 Grapevine feature, since Israel is in Asia isn’t the group’s name a misnomer? IDA SELAVAN SCHWARCZ