October 31: Height of chutzpah
Mr. Rivlin, you have brought shame on yourself and on the Knesset. Hopefully, this will be the last time you have the opportunity of misusing your honored position as speaker for your own political purposes.
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Height of chutzpah
Sir, – Reuven Rivlin (“Rivlin at Rabin memorial: Oslo is
dead,” October 29) deserves a prize for the most tasteless and rude behavior of
any Knesset speaker.
To use his position as an excuse for turning the
session dedicated to the memory of Yitzhak Rabin into a diatribe against Rabin’s
willingness to make peace, demonstrating at intolerable length how absolutely
wrong Rabin was, is the height of chutzpah.
What made Rivlin think that
this was an appropriate setting for such a lecture? Tact was never his strong
point but this really went beyond the bounds of appropriate parliamentary
Mr. Rivlin, you have brought shame on yourself and on the
Knesset. Hopefully, this will be the last time you have the opportunity of
misusing your honored position as speaker for your own political
Sir, – With regard to
“Government to provide ‘full protection’ within 7 km. of Gaza at cost of NIS
270m.” (October 29), when will our leaders stop playing games by applying band
aids against the terror raining down on us in the South? Let’s stop all the talk
about government outlays for increased defense. Isn’t it time to go in and
destroy Hamas once and for all? Is there a nation on this planet that wouldn’t
understand our intentions?
Sir, – Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says the decision to fortify schools and public
buildings “will provide security for residents of the South.” But the plan does
little, if anything, for people who are caught in cars, streets or fields at the
time of a rocket attack.
Israel’s citizens must be protected to the
fullest extent possible.
Unfortunately, the latest plan is an
insufficient response. The best protection for our citizens is to stop future
attacks before they occur.
The scope of the recent rocket barrage from
the Gaza Strip – one of the most severe in recent years – shows that Hamas no
longer feels obliged to limit its actions.
Under internationally accepted
laws of war, a country has the right to use the level of force necessary not
only to respond to attacks, but to alleviate the threat of further
Failure to respond quickly and with sufficient force (not just
taking out one or two rocket crews) is an open invitation to even more rockets
in the future.
EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir, – “I think that this
is what residents of the South have been hoping for, they have been calling for
it for a long time,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.
No, Mr. Prime
Minister. What is more likely is that the residents of the South and elsewhere
have been hoping that their government would authorize action against those
terrorizing them, action that once and for all destroys these enemies, as any
self-respecting government would do. The reason the attacks are much greater is
because we have allowed our enemies to become more powerful.
asked his Likud central committee members to approve his venture with Foreign
Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party on the grounds that it “leaves
Likud as an independent party that will continue in its path protecting Israeli
security, the Land of Israel and Jewish tradition” (“PM to Likud c’tee members:
Joint list will strengthen us,” October 29). If the security mentioned above is
what we can look forward to, we are in for an even rougher time than at present,
with our enemies secure in the knowledge that after years of killing us, we
don’t fight to win, only to contain, and that any time they need a ceasefire to
ready themselves for the next attack, we will accommodate them.
need to seriously reconsider their options.
Sir, – Jeff Barak’s latest column (“Is Likud abandoning Jabotinsky?,”
Reality Check, October 29) is really a bit frightening. Right-wing or not, the
Likud has always believed in democracy, but with this latest step, engaging with
Avigdor Liberman, one has to wonder whether Jabotinsky is turning over in his
Like it or not, the Liberman-type of democracy is a bit too
Russian for many (if not most) Likudniks.
I fully agree with Barak when
he states that the Likud is now in danger of losing many of its adherents.
Instead of gaining significant numbers of new voters, the Likud is in very real
danger of losing many of those it cherishes most because of this
Does the leopard change its spots? Not too likely, many Likudniks
will say before looking elsewhere.
That’s a very real danger for the
Sir, – Jeff Barak should realize that
saying Prime Minister Netanyahu does not care a damn as to what happens to the
Likud is disgusting while being patently untrue.
When Ariel Sharon broke
away from the Likud, Netanyahu clearly revealed his own loyalty to the party
even though it diminished his chances of becoming prime minister at the
Sir, – Reading Jeff Barak’s farre-moved-
from-reality check, one can imagine him snarling, gnashing his teeth and
snapping his pencils as he struggles for that ever-more vituperative word to
deride our prime minister.
Barak’s usual and predictable anti-Netanyahu
rhetoric is now sadly ritualistic, repetitive and boring. Is it too much to ask
him to turn his considerable talent to matters conducive to promoting unity
among Israelis rather than this continual, unwelcome, unnecessary and unwanted
DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Mine’s more kosher
Sir, – In
“Ethical nation or political corruption” (Elections 2013, October 29), Shalom
Hammer takes to task a rabbi for derogatory remarks about the kashrut adherence
of a restaurant under the supervision of Chug Hatam Sofer of Bnei
It seems to me that ethical people should follow the
The law requires a certificate from the local rabbinate in order for
a restaurant to present itself as being kosher. The restaurant in question was
not kosher according to the law despite the fact that Hammer may not have eaten
What the writer refers to as the “legitimate
organization” in Bnei Brak has no legal right to grant a kashrut certificate
unless the restaurant has local certification.
So the restaurant and the
organization are law-breakers. I don’t think people who care about kashrut and
ethics should be patronizing such a restaurant.
Hammer should also be
careful in characterizing as respectable an organization about which he
apparently knows very little. Perhaps he confused it with the respectable
organization known as Hatam Sofer Petah Tikva.
It is also beneath him to
ascribe monetary incentive as the reason for the actions of the local rabbinate.
Its members do not get their salaries from kashrut license fees.
Sir, – My Freezee syrup is under the supervision of Chug Hatam
Sofer of Bnei Brak. When I visited its offices and mentioned the article, I
asked if it also gave the certification to McDonald’s since the photo
accompanying the article was of a McDonald’s restaurant.
explained that they would never oversee the kashrut of a restaurant in a chain
that has non-kosher branches. So I was misled by the picture.
careful not to mention the name of the restaurant where he ate, but by placing
that photo with this article, The Jerusalem Post may have caused
The writer is CEO of Brisk