Sir, – Whether you agree with Daniel Tauber or not, his op-ed
“Should Jordan be Palestine?” (Comment & Features, April 24) illustrates how
general perceptions might be wrong. One of these perceptions is the belief that
the aims of the many NGOs funded by governments, especially Western governments
hostile to Israel, is for us to arrive at a peace agreement with our Arab
Nothing could be farther from the truth. The behaviors of
these organizations are meant to keep the conflict alive because the people
running them depend on these perceptions to keep their lucrative jobs. They
accomplish this with the help of many useful idiots who truly wish to see the
end of the conflict. Just imagine that these NGOs pack their bags – the ranks of
our unemployed would increase.
The same with the UN.
Rights Council would have nothing to do, as would half the UN staff. The UN’s
“International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” bean feast would
vanish into thin air; so would the jobs of those arranging
Anti-Semitic political parties, particularly in Hungary and Greece,
would not have Israel to hide behind in their hatred of Jews. Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would have to stay home and, together with his
cronies, bemoan the loss of the lovely lucre that has been thrown at
All those globe-trotting peace-makers who are kept out of trouble
in their own countries by being sent on impossible errands would have to brush
the cobwebs off their golf clubs. Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu would
be struck dumb.
The Irish Teachers Union would have to concentrate on the
future of its members, the BDS movement would fold its tents, the EU would not
have the “settlements” to agonize over, and its foreign policy chief, Catherine
Ashton, would have nothing to do.
Oh what a glorious day.CYRIL
Beit Shemesh End the denial
Sir, – In his op-ed “A bold voice is needed”
(Comment & Features, April 24), Tal Harris rehashes and replays the same
hackneyed leftist claim that what we need is real, bold leadership to make the
peace with our Arab neighbors we so desire.
After all, he claims, we
already know what the outcome will be, so why wait and suffer? Harris evidently
has not noticed the self-inflicted turmoil, death and destruction that is
occurring all around us.
Maybe he should ask pertinent questions: Can we
make peace with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when he doesn’t
enjoy a mandate from his own people, or without former prime minister Salem
Fayyad? And what about the five million Palestinians who wish to return to their
“homes?” Maybe it’s not a bold voice that is needed, but an end to
Sir, – Jerusalem’s
mayor has a grand vision (“Barkat: I want to bring ten million tourists to
Jerusalem annually,” April 21). Hard to see how this is possible considering the
city’s dirty and generally rundown state, plus the poor performance of its
A case in point is the neighborhood of Ein Kerem. The
municipality has systematically ignored its crumbling state. The local park is
in a state of decay, the roads are not maintained, and there is an ugly and
unsavory state of the unfinished public construction.
for improvements have been ignored.
Ein Kerem is a historic site, more
for Christians than Jews, and has many visitors.
The municipality has a
moral right to make the 2,000-year-old neighborhood
Jerusalem CORRECTION “From Our Archives”
of April 19 incorrectly stated the fine imposed in 1963 on a postal clerk for
It should have been “IL 800” (Israeli lira), and not “NIS 800.”
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