Sir, – I rubbed my eyes and then read again the headline
“Kerry compares victims of Boston blasts to activists aboard ‘Mavi Marmara’”
I still could not believe what I was reading when it said
that Israel’s leadership “made a point of not responding,” and that
“[h]igh-ranking diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said they believed Kerry was
Are we afraid that our discussions for restoring
normal relations with Turkey are so critical that we cannot even point out the
absurdity of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s comparison? Have we lost all our
self-respect? MIRIAM (MICKEY) BLUMBERG
Sir, – How can we explain that
the man who will pose as an honest broker in Israel- Palestinian negotiations be
entrusted by the US government when he is so totally confused and cannot
differentiate between terrorists and innocent civilians? After the Mavi Marmara
incident, we recall that US Vice President Joseph Biden stated emphatically that
Israel had been totally justified in responding as it did since Israel is
considered to be at war with the rulers of the Gaza Strip. He hasn’t made public
statements on that issue since! US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement is
not a travesty merely to us, but to Americans who have been grieved by the
Boston attacks.JOSH WIESEN
Sir, – I am relieved to learn that US
Secretary of State John Kerry compared the flotilla terrorists to the alleged
perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings. This can only mean that on behalf
of the American people, President Barack Obama will soon apologize to Chechnya
for killing one of its peace-loving Muslim sons.
No doubt the US will be
offering financial compensation to the Tsarnaev family, whose lives were ruined
by the disproportionate response of US law enforcement officials who eschewed
the more reasonable response of first shooting at the brothers’ legs or using
Also, I can’t wait to see the US extradite all the FBI agents
and policemen involved in these extrajudicial killings to stand trial in the
Hague before the International Criminal Court. It’s so reassuring to know
there’s still justice in the world.DANIEL FEIGELSON
Sir, – In
view of the origin of the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings, I wonder
whom the victims will turn to for damages of a million bucks each. Chechnya?
Russia? Or perhaps a special fund created by Islamic countries for this purpose?
Sir, – Since US President Barack Obama’s visit here, various
utterances by his new secretary of state have marked John Kerry as a serious
candidate for the “least informed and most ill-considered” prize due holders of
that august post.
It seems Obama’s second term will be as blighted by
ignorance and a lack of professional policy as was the first.ANTHONY
Rosh Pina Blasting Lapid
Sir, – I was appalled by Yair Lapid’s hate-filled
first speech in the Knesset (“Yesh Atid’s Lapid blasts haredim in maiden Knesset
speech as finance minister,” April 23).
It reminded me of scenes we all
witnessed at the sea shore when we were kids. Here’s a little girl building a
very intricate sand castle. It took her most of the morning. All of a sudden,
the bratty little kid from the next blanket steps over. With one vicious kick he
flattens all her work.
Yes, Lapid can flatten all the work of the haredi
What does he have to put in its place? We mustn’t forget other
revolutionaries from other times: The French Revolution and the Russian
Revolution totally destroyed the countries they were trying to save. It took
them years to recover. (As for Castro’s Cuba? They are still driving cars
manufactured in the 1950s and using appliances of the same vintage.) Revolutions
are much better at destruction than at construction.
A responsible leader
would search for ways to bind his country together instead of fomenting hatred
that can destroy us all. Apparently, Lapid is not a responsible leader – just a
good-looking rabble-rouser.THELMA JACOBSON
Sir, – King Yair
bitterly complained about inheriting 30 years of mismanagement. But not to
worry, in two years he will make us reach utopia, whether we like it or
Lapid’s prepared sniping and tongue-lashing of the haredi populace
was of course well received. “Don’t tell me what to do on Shabbat, etc.,
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, knowing that he does not have the
experience, finesse, understanding or will to learn the nuances of a person
representing a nation.
Yes, Mr. Lapid, you are a private person but, like
it or not, you represent the State of Israel and what you do on Shabbat is
I’m sure his father is applauding him from his
But I want to mention one representative point: core
The powers that be have decided that for the best interest of
the nation haredi schools must teach core studies; otherwise, they will not
receive funding. I ask the new minister of education: You are called a rabbi, so
tell me, isn’t it about time to force public schools to teach the core subjects?
How is it possible that millions of children throughout the years do not know
the meaning of the Shema, the meaning of other prayers, what is Shabbat, the 13
fundamentals of Judaism and more? I do not mean, heaven forbid, to force the
irreligious to pray. I bite my tongue for that. But they should learn the core
Jewish topics to make them aware that they live in a Jewish state.
school not teaching core Jewish topics should not be funded by the Jewish
Truth be said, King Yair represents the non-Jewish State of Israel
– the irreligious, antiharedi element that wants to adopt all of the waste the
Reform movement produces: civil marriages, no kashrut, no Shabbat, no cheder,
mixed marriages, dogs having a bar mitzva, no Judaism. (Of course, some
religious Jews will have to remain; otherwise, terrorists will not know who is a
Jew and might attack the wrong targets.) In my opinion, though, Lapid is doing
us a service. It is about time for Torah Jews to realize that we are living in
an illusion. It is time for the haredi parties to quit the Knesset.
time for the haredi populace to understand that that we are not part of the new
non-Jewish State of Israel.
We must organize our lives and realize that
we are outsiders.
We must save what we can, but we must be prepared to be
cut off from the State of Israel – by the State of Israel.YOSEF TUCKER
Jerusalem Critiquing the critic
Sir, – Jerusalem Post critic Uri Eppstein lives
in an alternate universe.
Each time we see a performance of the Israeli
Opera (we go to all of them) and then read his review, we have to laugh. It is
wonderful that he is a satirical writer who enjoys making fun of what he really
judges to be great performances.
Seriously, though, his reviews seem to
have no connection at all to the reaction of audiences to the splendid
performances we witness.
A pathologist uses a microscope to examine
diseases, but with eyes and ears, opera lovers look and listen, and then shout
bravo while Mr.
STEPHEN and MARGARET KOHN