Kiryat Arba attack
In “‘You were a ray of light in my life’” (July 1), you report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn last Thursday’s attack in which 13-year-old Hallal Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death as she slept in her bed in Kiryat Arba.
On the same front page, we read the headline “Rena Ariel blames mother of Palestinian terrorist for daughter’s murder,” while on Page 2 we read “MKs blame Zoabi for terrorist attack.”
None of the above comes anywhere near the truth of why the Kiryat Arba atrocity occurred. The blame lies at the door of the prime minister and his gang of pathetic yes-men, who follow him like sheep.
When the leader of our country, besieged inside and outside by enemies sworn to our destruction, makes concessions that invariably cause death and destruction to our people; grovels and then agrees that aid from Turkey can be delivered to the Gaza Strip; and allows the Muslim flag to be displayed over our Temple Mount, the repayment for such foolish and dangerous weakness will always be the same.
There is but one answer to this madness, and that is to attack and destroy our enemies without mercy.EDITH OGNALL
A 13-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed to death by a 17-year-old terrorist in her bedroom, in her sleep. Someone might say, “Ah, but you are Jewish and she was an Israeli. Of course you are sympathetic.
Would you react if she was not an Israeli?” Yes, I would. It does not matter if one is Jewish, Christian or Arab.
There is no excuse.
The mother of this terrorist praised her son as a hero and a martyr. But there was nothing heroic in his act. It was cold-blooded murder.
If you take a minute to read my few words, you don’t have to share my view. You do have to make your own judgment and have your own peace of mind, though.
I live with mine and say to the mother of this terrorist: Your son is a murderer.
VERA R. WALKER
While lighting candles on Sabbath Eve, I felt the need to say an additional prayer, my own tearfilled request that at least a modicum of peace will reign in this war-torn world.
We are living in an atmosphere of hate, both in actions and in words. I keep wondering what effect this has on the children who hear and view unspeakable acts of violence on a seemingly daily basis.
Intelligent people realize that when a repeated action that does not deliver the desired results, it must be altered. So why do we keep expecting a new outcome with failed plans? The demolition of terrorists’ homes simply doesn’t work. No matter how much our government wants it to be the answer, it simply isn’t.
We must try a new approach because, political correctness aside, we are at war. The idea has been suggested a number of times and rejected, but the deportation of the families of terrorists should be considered.
There must be someone in the government who has the will and is bold enough to offer this option and see that it is implemented.
How many more precious souls must be sacrificed to the barbarity that rules our world? How many?
RUBY RAY KARZEN
With regard to “It’s time for a new rabbinate” (Observations, July 1), I agree that so-called strict decisions of Israel’s Orthodox rabbinate reek of scandalous one-upmanship, compounded by the exploitation of political power to gratify the rabbis’ insatiable greed at taxpayers’ expense. It is a situation aided and abetted by a government whose members put their own lust for the perks of office above the interests of the nation they are elected to serve.
Netanya Large claims, photos
The piece by the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (“A strict zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism,” Comment & Opinion, June 27) has no relevance to Israel, only to the Jewish community in London. The terms “Israel” and “Zionism” are not featured. It must be questioned why an article more suited to the London Jewish Chronicle appeared in The Jerusalem Post.
Khan castigates his predecessors for not protecting Jewish Londoners. After being on the job for only eight weeks, he claims to have done more than they did in 16 years. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we wait with bated breath.
To add insult to injury, the piece is accompanied by an aerial photo of London that occupies the same amount of space. You seem to be filling many of your pages in this way. Perhaps it’s time to change your name to The Picture Post.
Jerusalem Crypto in Brussels
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received a standing ovation from the European Parliament after a speech in which he claimed that rabbis were urging the poisoning of Palestinian wells (“Blood libel,” Editorial, June 26).
According to Norman Baynes in The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, 1922-1939, Hitler’s harangues were replete with railings against “Jewish poison and blood.”
According to Nazi party member Martin Heidegger, reputedly the most influential German philosopher of the 20th century, the quintessence of Nazism was “not National Socialism, but hatred of Judaism.”
If Nazism is “hatred of Judaism,” then any individual who harbors such hatred can be called a crypto-Nazi. So beware of crypto-Nazi apologists bearing peace initiatives! KARL HUTTENBAUER
The Boeing deal
With regard to “Shurat Hadin threatens to sue Boeing over deal with Iran” (June 17), Boeing recently cut a deal with Iran Air to sell it 100 Boeing 737s and 777s worth about $25 billion.
Unfortunately, Iran Air has used passenger and cargo planes to transport military equipment to Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, and there is nothing to prevent it from continuing this practice. Some of the shipments included materials for advanced weapons, as well as rockets and missiles. Furthermore, it is possible that these planes could be used to move troops, and even be converted to bombers.
The US could revoke the license to sell the aircraft if Iran violates the agreement, but Iran would already have control of the aircraft.
Congress should not approve the contract.
If approved, delivery should be stretched out over an extended number of years. Additionally, we should install back-door disabling software in each aircraft that we could energize at our discretion.
Londonderry, New HampshireSnail mail
Something must be done to put pressure on the Israel Postal Company to improve its services.
I sent two registered letters to Canada on June 8. As of this writing, they still have not arrived.
This is not the first time a registered letter I have sent has gone astray. A letter I sent to my son in France took almost a month to arrive.
Perhaps an investigative report will pressure someone to do something.ELAINE GOLDSTEIN
While there is no specific limit in Israel to how late an abortion can be performed (“Abortion in Israel: Why is there no public conflict?” Analysis, June 30), abortions performed after the beginning of the 24th week of pregnancy require the approval of a special Health Ministry committee.