Bring in Rudy
Sir, – So the media is to blame (“Danino: Media is creating panic over crime situation,” February 19)! Crime reporters are worried that they “won’t have anything to write about anymore,” says Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino. He implies that citizens are worried, not because the criminals stage bombings and shootings, but because of the media, as if not reading newspapers or paying attention to the radio news will put criminals in jail.
Do nothing, as always, so people will forget and things will be back to normal.
A few gang killings in the middle of the day, a few bombings every other week.
We don’t need Danino or Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch any more. Bring in former New York mayor and US attorney Rudolph Giuliani. This is the man Israel needs to clean up the streets from gangs and criminals.
DAVID WAINTRAUB Rishon Lezion
Sir, – Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett wants to ensure that Jews like me believe we “have a stake in Israel in some way” (“Bennett to ‘Post’: Gov’t to spend NIS 1b. a year to keep Diaspora Jews Jewish,” February 14).
Me, who by chance of birth is Jewish, and even though I don’t live in Israel and have no desire to live there, while my Palestinian friends are relegated to nothing.
Over the life of the program, billions of shekels will be spent on Jewish-only initiatives, with emphasis outside Israel. It’s a clear slap in the face to Israelis needing classrooms, access to health care, additional housing and many other services lacking for the non-Jewish population. These are shekels that could be spent strengthening Israeli identity and connections among all Israel’s citizens.
Israel must come to terms with being a nation of all its people – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other – and providing equally for all its citizens.
Anything less delegitimizes it, violates the basic tenets of Judaism and smacks of racism.
JUDY BAMBERGER O’Connor, Australia
Sir, – Bravo to Marcie Lenk (“Getting rid of the echo,” iEngage, February 14) for implying with such deadpan delivery that she is only now, painfully, coming to realize that the complaints about the occupation have some merit.
Someone who hasn’t been reading her essays and those of her iEngage fellows might even be taken in for the first few paragraphs.
Lenk’s reason for trying to put one past us is equally laudable: She wants to gently guide those too primitive to already see the occupation’s evil onto the higher moral plane that she and other right-thinking people occupy. It might be axiomatic at iEngage – where, I imagine, political affiliation runs the full spectrum from Yesh Atid to Meretz – that “the occupation” is responsible for everything from children sassing their elders to the lack of rainfall.
If she really wants to “engage” people outside of her echo chamber, she has plenty of friends who think differently. Many of these friends think it rather more evident that the Palestinians, with the help of their Arab brethren, have caused their own suffering; that we have been forced into the uncomfortable role of its instrument; and that our presence in their lives is proportional to their insistence on their right to kill us.
MICHAEL BERKOWITZ Alon Shvut
Sir, – With regard to recent scandals involving some of our men of the cloth (“Police: Evidence shows Metzger committed crimes,” February 12), it would indeed be fascinating if we could conjure up the great 17th-century French satirical playwright Molière. How profoundly he understood, and cleverly portrayed, men who outwardly wore the garb of holiness and, willy-nilly, were subject to the same temptations and weaknesses of ordinary people.
The truly religious man is the one who owns up to the frailty of his mortal coil, physically as well as spiritually.
JULES EHRMAN Jerusalem/Antwerp