August 15: Woefully unprepared
There should be an information bulletin published in every newspaper every week about the home front situation.
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Sir,– Your newspaper on August 13 rightly has a prominent
story about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comments on Iran (“PM: Reports
of imminent strike on Iran are aimed at tying Israel’s hands”).
won’t we go in and when is the leading question of the day, week and month. But
no one is answering the question that has to do with the home front.
are woefully unprepared for any kind of missile attack or sabotage on all
fronts. Air-raid shelters remain a mystery. No one knows where they are or how
they are equipped. Especially if one is not near one’s home. The public is
unaware of how buses or trains will operate, or if there will be other means of
Are ambulances ready, are hospitals ready for any attack
of any kind? The Home Front and Defense Ministry should be answering these
questions and many more.
There should be an information bulletin
published in every newspaper every week about the home front situation. The
Jerusalem Post should be an advocate in this matter as it is a paper of world
Sir, – A tip of the hat to
the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation for offering such a significant
reward to find out the fate of one of the greatest heroes of mankind
(“Foundation ups award to $500,000 for information on Wallenberg,” August
Wallenberg was responsible for saving the lives of tens of thousands
of Hungarian Jews during the Shoah, and as such, we owe him an infinite debt of
Dr. Yoav Tenembaum, who teaches diplomacy at Tel Aviv
University, coined an unforgettable phrase when he referred to Raoul Wallenberg
as “a hero without a grave.”
I hope the financial reward being offered by
the Wallenberg Foundation will be a proper incentive for reliable witnesses to
come up and put an end to this human tragedy and thus enabling Raoul to become a
“hero with a grave.”
Sir, – The
last telling statement in Simon Plosker’s article “Righting a capital offense,”
(Comment and Features, August 13) said “only three complaints against the
Guardian, including ours [from HonestReporting], were lodged with the PCC [UK’s
Press Complaints Commission]. There were none from any other Jewish or
This fact calls into question the position
of American Jewry regarding this same shameful stance also taken by the US State
Department. With all the hullabaloo created by Mitt Romney’s correct statement
that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” one wonders where indeed is our US
Jewish Diaspora’s voice in this matter.
Although The Jerusalem Post has printed many criticisms of the BBC’s refusal to
list Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on its Olympic website, a glaring
inconsistency in the BBC’s argument has yet to be reported on.
supported by the British Press Council, takes cover in the fact that “although
Jerusalem contains Israel’s seat of government, most foreign embassies are in
I have complained to the BBC, pointing out that Amsterdam is
correctly listed on their site as the capital of the Netherlands, whereas its
set of government and all foreign embassies (and indeed the Royal Residence) are
all in The Hague.
Attacking the BBC on its back up argument that
Jerusalem is not recognized by the international community will always fail, as
the statement is unfortunately correct, but pointing out the inconsistency
between their listings for The Netherlands and Israel seems to be clear evidence
Paul Ryan is the right
pick for vice president who will energize the Conservative base (“Romney names
Paul Ryan as running mate,” August 12).
He is a very strong conservative
leader, who is widely respected for his intellect, his ability to tackle serious
issues and his leadership skills which he demonstrated during his last seven
terms in Congress.
Ryan is also well respected and liked by independents
and Tea Party members. He crafted the GOP’s plan for cutting and slashing the
out of control Obama administration spending.
Paul Ryan has a great
appeal to the younger generation who will stand to suffer and will have to pay
off the deficit created by the current Obama administration.
a very wise and correct choice in selecting Ryan as his running mate and
together they will give us our country back.
Sir, – I recently flew El Al from the US and found the
service so markedly superior, I welcome an opportunity to say it
How much more painful then, to read of the incomprehensible
failure of El Al crew to respond appropriately when a man refused to let a woman
occupy the seat assigned to her (“El Al has bumpy week, with cheap tickets snafu
followed by discrimination claim,” August 10). His reasons are irrelevant; would
the crew honor such a demand on racial or religious basis, saying it “respects
all customers as they are”? What about respecting this woman? If someone refused
to sit next to a Jew, which of course, historically, is no theoretical
suggestion, would El Al honor this?
Try this rule, El Al, and all of us: If you
would not say it about, or tolerate it about Jews, then you can’t say it or
enact it about women. The behavior this man manifested – and the El Al crew
abetted, and the company, shockingly, is still justifying – is sexism against
women. It has to stop, in any and all of its manifestations.
has the right signs posted on buses: Any attempt to interfere with people
sitting where they wish is a criminal act. Such behavior on planes should be,
Sir, – In my mind it was
kudos to Greer Fay Cashman of the Grapevine column for actually abstaining from
the mention of President Shimon Peres for two weeks running.
columnist was able to prove there are other individuals worthy of our attention
and admiration. Alas on August 10, (“Nostalgia time,” Observations) she reverted
back to her fawning praise of our current president. While many years ago Peres
made important contributions to the growth and survival of our nation, for
decades he has been a thorn in the side of the late Yitzchak Rabin and oh so
The Oslo disaster is his legacy for which he ought to plead
forgiveness from its direct victims and their grieving families.
constant interference in the political affairs of our nation through the present
moment (including whether we ought attack Iran’s nuclear developing
installations) is not conducive to the role for which he incredulously has been
chosen. The less we hear from Peres and about him the better.
Sir, – You could call me a history junkie. To
the bemusement of my grandchildren, modern history interests me. This is why I
always read Alexander Zvielli’s wonderful feature, “From our
Lately there is a fascinating serialized story about the
plight of the refugee ship, Exodus 1947. Each day we read in a few sentences
where those poor people were to be dragged to next. So here’s my
When we get to the end of this gruesome saga, could Mr. Zvielli
print the whole record of their voyage on one page? Meanwhile, my thanks for a
fascinating corner of the paper.