Time to get serious
Sir, – We are fed up. It seems that any time the Arabs in
Gaza feel frisky they can just lob missiles, mortar bombs, and now even an
anti-tank rocket at a school bus (“IDF vows to keep up air strikes as 120
projectiles from Gaza pound South,” April 10).
Maybe the time has come to
get serious and clean out this nest of scorpions. The last time we did it we
were not allowed to finish the job, although Operation Cast Lead did have a
deterrent effect for a couple of years.
People are now talking about
“Cast Lead 2.” I have a better name: “Dayenu.”THELMA JACOBSON
Sir, – Hamas fires rockets at will into Israel, and Israeli leaders
respond by talking tough.
Earth to Israel: The Arabs never respond to
tough talk. They do respond to massive military actions that take thousands of
their lives. You did nothing when the Fogel family was massacred, and nothing
when a school bus was targeted, so why should the Palestinians stop? I know, the
world gets angry at you when you hit back hard, but CNN and France can’t hurt
you – rockets can.
Israel brings shame to Jews everywhere when it doesn’t
fight back. These are the Jews of my grandfather, not the Israel of my
Edison, New Jersey
Sir, – This is not a new
suggestion, but one that the IDF should reconsider. Who is giving the orders for
the latest aggression from Gaza? Don’t we know? Let’s target their houses. Make
the leaders of Hamas suffer.
If we want to avoid collateral deaths, let’s
bombard those houses with warning flyers first.
We should precede such
action with a public relations blitz as to just what our plan is and why we are
implementing it, so that any collateral deaths will be clearly understood by the
Let’s stop reacting with kid gloves and hit their leaders where it
Sir, – Although I am probably alone in my
opinion and feel sure to arouse the anger of your readers, I cannot help but
wonder what would happen if we used the old motto: Turnabout is fair
If Israel were suddenly to randomly fire 120 missiles and mortar
shells into Gaza over a period of two days, and repeat firing using an exact
one-to-one ratio with those missiles fired upon us, I am sure the Gazans would
very quickly turn on their government and make sure it eliminates those involved
in the violence. If they had to sleep worrying about their lives night after
night, they would be far less sympathetic to their jihadis and actively work to
eliminate the threat they cause their own people.
Also, the world could
no longer state that the Israeli response was disproportionate to the
Petah Tikva Spoonful of sugar
Sir, – All
kudos and many thanks to David Horovitz for his tongue-in-cheek but oh-so-true
article (“Those fiendish Jews and their damned life-saving innovations,” April
Once again we Israelis are being goaded by our enemies, and once
again we feel powerless.
But Horovitz gave us a wonderful, Churchillian
message that we can overcome them, come what may.
I left the house this
morning with a smile on my face and with my best foot forward. In my opinion, we
should have a dose of this at least once a week – it helps make the nasty
medicine go down.BARBARA A. PFEFFER
Sir, – David Horovitz hits
the nail on its head. His article would have been absolutely hilarious if,
sadly, it were not so deadly serious.RACHEL BIRATI
Sir, – Occasionally, a journalist comes up with a really brilliant piece. David
Horovitz has written a perfect one. Congratulations! If The New York Times
, the Wall Street Journal
or The Daily Telegraph
do not reprint
it, something is very wrong with the West.MLADEN ANDRIJASEVIC
Rules of the rails
Sir, – In “60 hurt as trains collide near Netanya” (April 8),
you cite a Channel 2 report that the operator of the train who passed a red
signal during rush hour last Thursday had six prior violations.
be no excuse for this.
One train can, and very often does, carry hundreds
The rule here should be the same as in England (and, no
doubt, in other countries): A train operator who ignores a signal is never again
allowed to drive a train, whatever the excuse and whatever punishment is
Sir, – To think a train driver is still
behind the throttle after six prior violations gives me the heebie- jeebies.
Israel Railways seem to be running off the track.DANIEL ABELMAN
Sir, – Two articles in the April 8 Jerusalem Post
illustrate our lack
of proper national priorities: A train collision was caused by an engineer with
six prior violations, and Channel 10 is determined to convict our prime minister
of double-billing for trips taken over six years ago (“Likud: We have proof PM
never double-billed flights”).The Post
and Channel 10 should be more
concerned with fatal and near-fatal automobile accidents caused by drivers with
multiple traffic convictions.
Where is the media outrage against judges
who allow dangerous drivers to threaten the rest of us? Where is the media
outrage against judges who give the minimum punishment for murders with
automobiles, buses and trucks? Where is the media outrage against companies that
continue to employ traffic offenders as drivers? Dangerous drivers kill and maim
more of us than do our enemies. Perhaps the Post should take the lead in a media
campaign against dangerous drivers, the transportation companies that employ
them, and their enablers, the lenient judges.DAVID FEIGENBAUM
Netanya Analytical serenity
Sir, – I commend Maurice Ostroff (“Setting the record
straight on Goldstone,” Comment & Features, April 8) for his calm and
unemotional analytical style.
It may surprise you to know that here in
far-away India I regularly read The Jerusalem Post and that I particularly
appreciate the writings of David Horovitz and columnists like Isi Leibler, who
always have something to contribute to our understanding of the Arab-Israel
Let’s have more by these intelligent, non-hysterical
New Delhi Revolting aberration
Sir, – I must
respond to Margery G. Feinstein’s letter of April 8 (“Walk in the park?”) in
which she describes a despicable attack on a caregiver.
I live in a
Recently, an elderly woman passed away. As the
family was well known, the attendance at the funeral was quite large. At least
two of the eulogizers spent time publicly thanking the Filipina caregiver for
her dedicated service to the deceased.
The behavior of the man who
assaulted the caregiver is revolting but an aberration by any community
Sir, – In your April 8 issue we were
treated to a letter about an obviously Orthodox man who allegedly spit in the
face of a Filipina caregiver for no apparent reason.
I maintain that you
wouldn’t have published this letter had the attacker not been described as
Orthodox. An Orthodox Jew acting grotesquely is a story too juicy for the
increasingly secular Jerusalem Post to ignore.ABE KRIEGER