May 18: Stockade days
What has happened to our deterrence? Israel is more and more resembling the old American stockade.
Sir, – I just read “IDF considering Iron Dome deployment in Eilat
if rocket fire from Sinai continues” (May 16).
This is just
What has happened to our deterrence? Israel is more and more
resembling the old American stockade, withdrawing tighter and tighter to keep
out the marauders.
Why do we not go on the offensive and bomb Sinai and
Gaza to smithereens, and not hit just a tunnel here and there? Maybe with
Kadima’s Shaul Mofaz, the government will have the guts to do something
positive, which our defense(less) minister refuses to do.
Ehud Barak is
busy destroying Jewish homes and lives, and living the high life.
Sir, – In Ramallah, commemoration of Nakba
(catastrophe) Day, the anniversary of Israel’s independence, included 64 seconds
of silence, one second for every year since the creation of the state (“My first
‘Nakba Day’ in Ramallah,” Reporter’s Notebook, May 16).
Palestinians continue to do this every year, slowly but surely there will be
peace and quiet in the Middle East.
Sir, – Your headline “Haredi website calls for assassination of
Yaron London” (May 14) was egregiously misleading and totally out of the
As the body of the article explains, London wrote a piece in
Yediot Aharonot calling on the public “to reduce the amount of haredim within
Israeli society” rather than making efforts to draft them into the army and draw
them into the job market. Can you blame haredim for reacting with vehemence
against this incitement? The real villain is London.
If he had written
the same advocacy against Arabs, the Left would have reacted with shock and
demanded that he be charged with incitement to genocide.
Yes, it’s open
season on haredim. Even the socalled liberals among us are silent when it comes
Sir, – In
the weeks before Lag Ba’omer, it is said that thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s
students died as punishment for lacking basic human respect. We remember them
On Lag Ba’omer this year, a group from my seminary hiked to
the burial site of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai only to find the way walled up, with
separate paths for men and women. Our trail had landed us on the men’s
We had no choice but to try to quickly pass across the sidewalk to
get to the women’s path.
The way was choked with people. Men started
shouting at us. Hisses of “pritzut” (immorality) became audible. Something
struck my head.
Someone had thrown an uncapped 1.5-liter water bottle,
striking me and sloshing several of the girls. Another bottle was
Instead of the crowd turning on our assailant, the shouts and
hisses became louder. Wet, crying and mortified, we retreated.
next year the men who attacked and humiliated us will do better to stay home and
acquaint themselves with the lesson of Rabbi Akiva’s students. They would
benefit from learning Torah instead of hatred.
Days of hope?
Sir, – Now that Prime Minister Netanyahu has no opposition to
speak of, I look forward to seeing him lay out a realistic vision for peace with
our neighbors, as well as a new social plan that includes all segments of our