December 18: The real Europe
The Pope will faithfully uphold a tradition of turning the other cheek in the face of Catholic intolerance toward Jews.
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The real Europe
Sir, – In “Netanyahu expected to be caretaker FM following
Liberman resignation” (December 16), Herb Keinon says that European foreign
ministers are breathing a sigh of relief.
Liberman is the only politician
in the world who speaks the truth as he sees it. The foreign ministers of the
“democratic” countries of the EU that voted against Israel in the UN General
Assembly by voting for a Palestinian state or abstaining, thereby abrogating the
Oslo Accords, do not like to hear the truth about themselves.
The act by
a Hungarian member of parliament last week (“Hungarian MP burns Israeli flag,”
News in Brief, December 16) and increase of anti-Semitic acts are indicative of
the true feelings of many European governments, politicians and ordinary
citizens toward the Jewish state.
Hungarian anti-Semitism has its roots in Rome, not in Budapest. For centuries,
Hungarians (as well as Poles, Romanians, Estonians, Slovaks, Lithuanians and
others) have been taught to hate Jews from the local pulpit on an almost weekly
We now know that Pius XII failed to stand up to Hitler, but we
forget that he also failed to stand up to thousands of cardinals, bishops and
priests who worked under his direct control.
Needless to say, the current Pope will faithfully uphold a tradition of turning the other cheek in the face
of Catholic intolerance toward Jews.
Sir, – In 2012, a 20-year-old in Connecticut shoots dead his mother,
five teachers and 20 children ages six and seven before killing himself (“Police
investigate motive for elementary school massacre in Connecticut,” December
In 2009, an 11-year-old boy in Pennsylvania shoots dead his father’s
pregnant girlfriend, gets on the schoolbus and goes to school as if nothing
In 2008, a nine-year-old Arizona boy shoots dead his father and
a man renting a room in the family’s home.
Each of these ruthless
shooters reportedly used to go on target shooting outings with a
So before we advocate teaching that some or all people are evil,
plead for tighter gun control or suggest closer monitoring of socially dangerous
youngsters, it should be against the law to take a child target shooting or
This sufficiently explains why Israel has not had such
atrocities – there never was a Jewish hunting society.
Sir, – Millions throughout the world are appropriately
reacting with compassion and horror for the murdered school children of Newtown,
How paradoxical that a similar reaction is not manifested
with the same degree of intensity for the murder of innocent children in other
parts of the world – illustratively, in Sderot and Syria, where they are
victimized by cruel tyrants.
RUTH and MAX WIENER
Sir, – I was
amazed by your meager coverage of the Connecticut massacre. Even Maariv, which
has a much lower percentage of US-born readers, found it worthy of four
Even more shocking was one of the few headlines in your online
edition: “One of the murdered children was Jewish.” Perhaps your newspaper might
replace its chauvinistic attitude with more human compassion.
Scent of hatred
Sir, – The all-too-typical childish delight and
infantile spite in the wish “I hope the smell is strong enough... (to) remind
the Jews of the Palestinian victory” (“Gaza perfume sales soar with
rocket-inspired fragrance,” December 16) is an attitude that will forever stand
between Israel and the Palestinians. They want to defeat us more than they want
to help themselves.
However, Rajaey Odwan, director of Gaza’s Continental
Style perfume company, has little respect for the M-75 fragrance’s quality,
pricing it at $13.00. No quality perfume can be obtained for that
It is a pity that M-75 doesn’t smell of gunpowder and rotting
flesh to remind the haters among the Palestinians what the product
Sir, – Even if Palestinian
terrorists drench themselves in the citrus scent and pour the perfume over those
of their own that they still keep in refugee camps, they will still be a bunch
of murderers, albeit fragrant.
As Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth said after
her involvement in murder: “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the
perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”
Sir, – In the last line of your article, you quote Rajaey Odwan as
saying, “Sales have gone through the roof.”
Did he mean the perfume or
Debts to pay
Sir, – “After the release of this
secret document which confirms the truth about Jonathan’s actions and dispels
endless lies and canards, there is no excuse for President Shimon Peres to allow
Jonathan to continue to rot in prison,” said Jonathan Pollard’s wife, Esther
(“Declassified CIA document: Pollard sought information on Arab countries, not
US,” December 16).
Unfortunately, Esther Pollard is talking about the
same Peres who thought nothing about legitimizing the arch-terrorist Yasser
Arafat, causing the death or maiming of over a thousand Israelis without so much
as an apology, and even being rewarded for his loathsome act with the post of
Her husband also would have been home years ago had Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not surrendered Hebron to then- US president Bill
Clinton after Clinton reneged on his promise to free Pollard.
Minister Netanyahu and President Peres, you both have a debt to pay. Demand from
President Barack Obama the release of Jonathan Pollard now.
Best to stop trying
Sir, – Barry Shaw’s proposition of Palestinian
“emirates” (“Thoughts on a possible solution to the Israel-Palestinian problem -
Part 2,” Original Thinking, December 14) makes some sense. But he repeats the
major error of the failed Oslo process – the idea that Israel can help decide
how Palestinian Arabs configure whatever territory they get if and when they
finally decide to live in peace.
Their form government will ultimately be
up to them, as long as they don’t threaten Israel.
Attempts to speed the
process along have always backfired. It’s time we learned that the best way to
bring about an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict is to stop trying.
Sir, – I feel a deep sense of shame at the
election tactics that are being used by our prime minister and former foreign
minister, who have issued statements concerning international threats regarding
the annihilation of the State of Israel (“EU: Our treaties with Israel apply
only to pre-’67 lines,” December 11).
They are touching on the most
vulnerable chord in the psyche of every Jew and reviving terrors that still
inhabit our dreams. Are they not aware of the grave psychic damage they are
causing? Moreover, the repetition of such statements may well lead to
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