October 16: Criminal comeback
What is public office if not a position of public trust? Breach that and one has forfeited any right to hold public office.
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Sir, – I have lived in Israel for only 14 years so perhaps I
can be forgiven for not understanding the current wave of Olmertmania that has
afflicted our chattering classes. It is seriously being canvassed that
Ehud Olmert return to public life as prime minister.
Yonah Jeremy Bob
writes (“Legal clouds, game changers, elections and Ehud Olmert,” Analysis,
October 12), that he was convicted “of only breach of public trust.”
is public office if not a position of public trust? Breach that and one has
forfeited any right to hold public office. I cannot conceive of any way to
explain how Olmert has expiated his conviction to pave his path back to public
office. Those who support this preposterous notion demonstrate their own moral
bankruptcy and thereby disqualify themselves from holding public office. The
time for cleansing our public life is long overdue. Let’s not miss the
opportunity to do so.
Sir, – The suggestion that
Olmert could or should return to politics is so bizarre, that when I started
reading Ben Caspit’s column, I thought it was a crude attempt at humor (“Run,
Olmert, run!” Observations, October 12). It was not till I reached the end that
I discovered he was serious.
To convict a criminal, the prosecution must
prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. In Olmert’s cases, as yet, they have
miraculously failed to do so. However, this is far from proving him
Would one want to buy a used car from him? It may be that we, the
Israeli electorate, do not expect honesty from our political leaders, in which
case we will likely get what we deserve. The ethical and personal
characteristics for leadership, as laid down in the Torah, are for “able men,
such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain.”
I do not think that
Sir, – The heat generated
by election fever has undoubtedly excited the nervous systems of the many and
various politicos that abound in Israel. Eager to get back into power they are
attempting all types of maneuvers and intrigues to achieve this aim. Assuming,
falsely, that the Israeli public has forgotten what total failures they have
been, most are simply wasting their time and energy.
None more so than
Ehud Olmert who has the dubious honor of being the only prime minister in
Israel’s history to bring that office into total and absolute disrepute. Let us
hope that whoever wins the upcoming election will finish his tenure with a
record as squeaky clean as that of the present incumbent Binyamin
DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
He gets it
Sir, – It was so
encouraging to read Herb Keinon’s article “It’s not the economy, stupid”
(Frontlines, October 12).
He gets it! I look at the state of world
economies and see that Israel has done amazingly well in the ongoing global
Every nation is hurting with higher prices, so why
should the Left and social-justice campaigners in Israel try to paint Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s leadership as a replaceable failure in securing
prosperity for all? Get a revelation people! Netanyahu has been hugely
successful in maintaining your lives against all odds! Surely that is a higher
priority/value in wise Jewish minds.
If terrorists and the surrounding
Islamic regimes have their self-confessed way with us, we won’t have to worry
about rent and food prices. We will be consumed with burying our dead and trying
to survive moment by moment. Security must be the main concern of the wise
considering the hostile world in which we live. I pray that when the election in
January rolls around, we will have a massive turnout of wise voters to return
Netanyahu to the office of the prime minister.
Sir, – Your issue of October 12 contains, among others, two
excellent articles detailing the relationship between us and our hostile
neighbors and providing sensible advice. Hirsh Goodman, well remembered for his
expertise as military correspondent for the Post in years gone by, makes a plea
for an attack on Hezbollah’s missiles as a response to their drone which they
boast as having succeeded in breaching our skies (“Drones and consequences,”
He correctly points out that such retaliation
would have to be regarded as acceptable and would result in little international
Barry Shaw (“We want peace, but let’s get real,” Observations)
points out clearly that peace with the Palestinians is impossible unless and
until they accept that we will dictate the terms that will ensure our permanent
safety with unequivocal acceptance of Israel as the Jewish State.
Sir, – Bravo to Barry Shaw.
Finally we have an op-ed
writer who is a straight talker. Shaw doesn’t analyze in long paragraphs nor
indulge in polemics to get across his point of view.
He writes as he
talks: clear, concise, factual. Finished. May we please have more pieces
from this writer.
Democracy at work
Sir, – In “Only
the Right can?” (Savir’s Corner, Observations, October 12), Uri Savir displays
precisely the failure in thinking for which he excoriates the other side. He
criticizes the Right’s “loyalty to ideology” and its “total mistrust of the
other” that leads to “nondemocratic values,” because the Right thinks it is “not
just always right, but also better.”
However, a few paragraphs later he
states unequivocally, “The Left knows the good of the country better and is
open-minded to a changing globalized world, expressing the values of the
He seems untroubled by an ideology that blithely asserts the
Left’s intellectual superiority, rejecting anyone who disagrees.
blames the Left’s failures on internal divisions and its inability to “mobilize
its troops.” But the emergence of the Right as the dominant force in Israeli
politics may in fact demonstrate true democracy at work. While Savir and other
stalwart leftists continue to peddle their timeworn ideology, many of their
followers have evaluated the real-world outcome of these policies and have found
It may not be too much of an exaggeration to suggest that
what the visionary Leo Pinsker wrote nearly 150 years ago could describe how the
PA views Israel today: “You [Jews] are foolish [in the eyes of other nations]
because you expect of human nature something which it has never produced –
EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir – It is
not difficult to fully agree with Caroline Glick’s October 12 column (“US
Jewry’s cherished values,” Column one, Observations).
Her quote from
Milton Himmelfarb that “American Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like
Puerto Ricans” has had reference ever since he first made the comment. Recently,
a New York state assemblyman astutely observed that American Jews had a greater
interest in same sex marriage than Israel.
Obama’s ideological struggle
does not sit well with centrist America. In many ways, he can be characterized
as a contemporary replica of Jimmy Carter. And who can forget that it was Carter
who grandfathered the modern day rise of radical Islam? Commencing with the
notorious Cairo speech, we have repeatedly been reminded that the problems we
face in Islamic fundamentalist terrorism are attributable to a few “extremists.”
If this were the case, why the silent majority? Where are the voices of the
thousands of imams whose mosques enjoy the benefits of complete freedom in every
Western country? Contrary to Obama's assertion, America is not in debt to the
world of Islam and he is not entitled to being excused for his