July 25: Sheer madness
It really is a mad, mad world when we, the people of Israel, feel we must prop up Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
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Sir, – It really is a mad, mad world when we, the people of
Israel, feel we must prop up Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
(“Israel advances PA NIS 180m. to ease financial crisis,” July 23).
man walked out of peace talks. This man and his cohorts are already lining up at
the Arab League to petition the UN General Assembly to recognize the great
country of Palestine. The government of Israel has nothing better to do than
gift Abbas a check for NIS 180 million so that his PA can continue to harm us?
This is sheer madness.
The people of Israel should work very very quickly
to prevent such acts of idiocy from occurring again when the enemy takes every
opportunity to harm us in every international venue and the court of public
Sir, – Another “goodwill gesture” has
been made to the Palestinian Authority. I wouldn’t mind this, as it can prevent
a Hamas takeover in the West Bank. But why are we the ones who always have to
make goodwill gestures? It’s about time that the PA makes some to
Just this past May we handed over the bodies of more than 90
terrorists as a goodwill gesture.
More recently we increased by 5,000 the
number of Palestinian construction workers allowed to work in Israel. Does our
government really think that all of these gestures will improve our relations
with the PA? It never has before and I don’t think it will now. But we can
always hope for the best.
Sir, – I felt
physically sick on reading “Israel advances PA NIS 180m. to ease financial
What about our own financial crisis and those of the families
unable to feed their children or purchase essential commodities – a situation
mostly brought on because we are in a constant state of war with the enemy Prime
Minister Netanyahu insists on supporting? There must be a serious sickness in
this government, which continues to feed the enemy’s machine of death and
destruction, all in the cause of the most perverted and shameless surrender to
the “peace process.”
As for “PA to seek UN nonmember status” (July 23),
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that once Palestine becomes a
non-member state of the UN it will be an entity under Israeli occupation and the
territories occupied in 1967 will no longer be considered disputed
Our peace partner – a terrorist in a suit – has to be given credit
for his persistence and for not giving up on our destruction.
Can’t stomach her
Sir, – Surely Greer Fay Cashman’s headline, “Is
the IBA trying to break the spirit of broadcaster Keren Neubach?” (July 23), is
Neubach is a broadcaster who gobbles her words, speaks
indistinctly and inevitably chooses the same people to comment on current
events. No matter how complex the issue she will come up with a pat, populist
answer to the problem.
Whenever the Israel Broadcasting Authority even
considers making changes it is immediately flooded by accusations that it is
undemocratic, becoming fascist or, in Cashman’s opinion, declaring war on
women’s organizations. It would be positively refreshing if once a week we heard
a morning radio program with a little more balance and a little less
And yes – Neubach is definitely not telegenic no
matter what side of the political spectrum you come from.
The real sucker
Sir, – Ari Harow’s sycophantic account of Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s approach to a replacement for the Tal Law (“Mofaz’s missed
opportunity: He’s the real sucker,” Comment & Features, July 23) contains
one glaring omission: Netanyahu’s initial reaction was to renew the Tal Law
The prime minister became a convert to the principle of
shared burden only when the Supreme Court declared the law to be illegal and the
political opposition forced his hand.
Sir, – I
agree with Ari Harow, namely that Shaul Mofaz has shown himself to be a shallow
While the Kadima party is collapsing around him, Mofaz has
some nerve criticizing others.
Politics is the art of the possible, but
what he has attempted is impossible.
Mofaz should have stayed in the
coalition and tried compromise.
Instead, he chose the path to obscurity,
following his predecessor, Tzipi Livni.
Why didn’t he
Sir, – In her passionate defense of Itay Tiran (“The golden boy of
Israeli theater,” Think About It, July 23), Susan Hattis Rolef states that
efforts to delegitimize him are “undemocratic and repulsive.” She acknowledges
that these efforts at delegitimization are based on Tiran’s not serving in the
IDF together with other political views that found expression in his refusal to
perform in Ariel.
It must be noted that Rolef, when mentioning Tiran’s
lack of service in the IDF, surprisingly adds in explanation: “apparently on
grounds of conscientious objection.” Do we, the readers, not deserve to be
clearly told the reasons behind such a critical issue and not be left with
assumptions? Rolef further states that Tiran has done “nothing illegal or
She thus, perhaps unwittingly, gives her imprimatur of
legitimacy to those who do not serve in the IDF.
Does she believe that
Tiran’s acting skills permit him to avoid service? I personally feel that it is
quite consistent with the definition of a democracy for citizens to take offense
and express their objection to those who choose to act against the will,
sentiments and values held by a majority of the populace.
Sir, – Hirsh Goodman is right (“OK, you’ve won; now
what?,” PostScript, July 13) – the Land of Israel supporters have
Thanks to pioneers like Rabbi Moshe Levinger and Rabbi Hanan Porat
and their colleagues, who immediately after 1967 pushed to restore and create
Jewish communities throughout the newly liberated regions of our homeland, we
have reached a point where there are about 700,000 Jews living across the former
Goodman calls on the public to decide between annexation or a
“What’s your alternative?,” we’re always
An answer to that question was given on July 12 at a well attended
conference held in Hebron, titled “The Application of Israeli Sovereignty
throughout All of Judea and Samaria.”
The conference was organized by
Women in Green in cooperation with Just Peace for Israel.
speakers talked about the necessity of applying sovereignty over Judea and
The lectures are available on YouTube in Hebrew and
The writers are co-chairwomen
of Women in Green
The photograph accompanying “Netanyahu: ‘Historic
change’ to come with Ya’alon plan for enlistment of haredim” (July 23)
mistakenly identified the person shown to the far left. It is Intelligence
Agencies Minister Dan Meridor and not as stated. In addition, everyone in the
photo is of ministerial rank except for Tzvi Hauser, who, as cabinet secretary,
is neither a cabinet minister nor an MK.