Letters to the Editor: Existential threat

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September 8, 2016 21:23

rump often claims that other leaders are stupid. But how smart is it to ignore 97 percent of climate experts and 99.8% of peer-reviewed articles.

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Existential threat

With regard to “Settler leader calls on US citizens in Israel to vote for Trump” (September 7), supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are ignoring some key facts.

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Trump claims he will make better deals with other countries, but his diplomatic efforts would be harmed by his eagerness to tear up an agreement signed by the leaders of all 195 nations, including Israel, at the Paris climate change conference in December 2015. He is ignoring the concerns of military experts that climate change will increase the potential for terrorism as tens of millions of desperate refugees flee droughts, wildfires, storms, flooding and other effects of climate change.

Trump often claims that other leaders are stupid. But how smart is it to ignore 97 percent of climate experts and 99.8% of peer-reviewed articles in respected scientific journals that say climate change is largely due to human activities and is a great threat to humanity? With Israeli experts projecting that climate change will result in Israel experiencing more major heat waves, a reduction of up to 30% in precipitation, major flooding due to more moisture in a warmer atmosphere, increased desertification and a potential inundation of the coastal plain – where most Israelis live – due to a rising Mediterranean Sea, how can we ignore that Trump is in denial about an existential threat to Israel?

RICHARD H. SCHWARTZ
Shoresh


The letter g

The confrontation with regard to working on the Tel Aviv light rail on Shabbat (“‘Post’ poll: Majority backs Katz in dispute with PM over Shabbat work,” September 5) reminds me of Tamir Pardo, who suggested that we are about to negate our holy mandate through internal division (“Ex-Mossad chief Pardo: Civil war is greater threat than Iran,” August 31).

How right Pardo is. That division, which first arose many centuries ago, today seems to be viciously rising once again. In certain parts of our society, one can palpably sense this. There is a possibility that confrontations on par with those that once brought destruction upon the Jewish state are lurking, waiting to be ignited by one little word.

That word is ego. Take away the vowels and you find the central root, the letter g. I am referring to the Almighty G, not Ali G (although maybe the actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s next comedy movie will include a scene where the government gives sole rights to secular courts to rule on Shabbat observance and kashrut, while the religious authorities are given the mandate to design and construct the light rail).

Who wrote “How good and pleasant it is for brothers to live in unity”? I am positive it was not Ali G.

LEONARD E. BOOK
Ashkelon


Puzzle lover

I really love the puzzles, I try them every day, But sometimes it’s frustrating, I really need to say.

The layout’s not so easy, the page is long indeed, Which sometimes makes it awkward to find the clues to read.

One needs a good-sized table to spread the page out flat, But that’s not always possible, depending where one’s sat.

And often the next day’s answers are not the ones that match, It’s true mistakes can happen, but it’s something you should catch.

At least print a correction, reprint the answers true, We’d all like satisfaction, it’s really up to you.

VIVIENNE TANKUS
Zichron Ya’acov


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