Iran’s nuclear drive
Sir, – With regard to “PM: Iran has set 7,000 new
centrifuges spinning since presidential election” (August 8), US President
Barack Obama has succeeded in delaying any response to the Iranians’ mad rush to
produce an atomic weapon, now making it almost an impossible mission to impede
them. What could have been done three years ago cannot be done now.
unfathomable why Obama has persuaded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to wait
so long that the cost in lives spent on this mission will be so
There was so much talk three years ago about Israel undertaking
such a mission to help save the world, and nothing came of it. There have been
constant visits here by US military higher-ups to try to coordinate action
against Iran, and nothing has come of it. The delay has cost the world its
freedom of action, and now the US will have to understand that it will be
dealing not only with Russia and China, but also with Iran.
Saudi Arabia is frantic with anxiety, and no wonder Netanyahu must rue the day
he listened to Obama.
Women of the Wall
– After reading “Women of the Wall kept far from Kotel – yet again” (August 8),
I respectfully request some clarification.
I thought that these women
would be left alone following the April ruling by the Jerusalem District Court,
which stated that women should be permitted to pray according to their own
customs. And I thought they would be left alone since they were huddled, not in
women’s section at the Kotel, as per agreement with police, but far away from
Apparently, there were people at the Kotel who chose to use
microphones and whistles, in addition to heckling. In reality, it was the people
who shouted and blew whistles who disturbed the peace. How come the police did
not help maintain the sanctity and honor of the Western Wall?
Sir, – It is abundantly clear that Jerusalem police, probably acting
in collusion with haredi municipal officials, are doing everything in their
power to make it nearly impossible for the Women of the Wall to pray according
to their customs in close proximity to the Western Wall, as is their stated
The heckling and whistling by the haredim who were present is
just further proof that the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel is out of control
and will go to any length to protect its medieval, misogynistic way of
The government must begin to show some spine on this issue or there
is going to be a conflagration. Nobody has the right to tell someone else how to
observe his or her faith.
The peace process
Sir, – Reader Smoky Simon (“Face the facts,” Letters, August 8) repeats facts
known to any student of the Middle East in lauding David M. Weinberg’s excellent
article (“Only if Israel gives a bit more...,” Comment & Features, August
The problem is, all these facts are disputed by our adversaries and
even “friends.” Students of history know that the devil is in the details and
that few historians agree on “facts.”
It’s time for Israel’s government
to stop kowtowing to Western leaders and exhibit the backbone that has enabled
us to endure millennia of anti- Semitism. Israel will only win (there is no
win-win solution available) by exhibiting strength, not the lack of selfrespect
shown by our government’s unreciprocated “good will” gestures.
Sir, – It is outrageous that the Palestinians would make
the release of terrorists a pre-condition for coming to the negotiating table.
It is outrageous that the US would encourage Israel to agree to this
pre-condition without giving a second thought to releasing Jonathan Pollard. And
it is the utmost act of submission that our government said yes.
is where the talks start, can you imagine the next demand the Palestinians will
make just to keep them going? The time to stand our ground is now so that we no
longer have to deal with irrational demands.
With regard to “Over 50% of Palestinians back peace talks, survey finds” (August
7), upon reflection, to them the peace process is simply a continuum of Yasser
Arafat’s “phased plan” of the early 1970s.
At the time, Arafat recognized
two facts: The “armed struggle” was rapidly becoming limited and the possibility
of destroying Israel would need a revised strategy. The latter was to take the
form of so-called diplomacy, with the intent of gaining territory in a piecemeal
Kudos to The Jerusalem Post
for publishing quality responses
(reporter Herb Keinon and columnists Barry Rubin, Sarah Honig and Martin
Sherman) to the disgraceful decision to release the worst terrorists for the
“privilege” of talking to the Palestinians. Recognition is also given to the
Post for publishing left-wing views, if only to demonstrate the vacuousness of
Sir, – The very
word “negotiation” implies concessions on all sides so that no one walks away
with everything. A synonym for one-sided concessions is
Palestinian bellicosity and obstinacy do not augur well for
a successful, fair and balanced outcome. In fact, this could be a preface to
more and more demands on us for concessions.
In the 44 years since I
became an Israeli citizen and continuous resident, I never had the slightest
doubt of our ability as a nation to withstand all the assaults thrown against
us, and to overcome. Today, however, for the very first time I stand
apprehensive, for we have a prime minister who has gone from being a realist to
The last time we experienced this was with Ariel Sharon, whose
legacy is a Gaza Strip that has become Hamastan.
My apprehensions are
predicated on the fear that Binyamin Netanyahu will be incapable of saying no to
US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, special envoy Martin
Indyk, the EU or the UN.
Sir, – For the first time
since the founding of the state I’m frightened.
Somehow, with all the
odds stacked against us in 1967, I was not frightened. Even during the Yom
Kippur War I knew we would come out on top because of our famous
Ein Breira” (Gen. No Choice) and the miracles with which we are
Like many Israelis, I don’t like or trust US President Barack
Obama, even if he funds our military arsenal. And in his second term, many of us
have become even more concerned.
And now, after all the time Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood firm against the pre-conditions of Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, nobody has any idea why he capitulated and
agreed to release terrorists.
Too many of us are frightened by all the
“maybes.” Almost no Israeli believes Obama has our back and that America will
stop Iran from achieving a nuclear capability. Too many respected journalists
and commentators are suggesting it’s time for our prime minister to stand
These are not our first peace talks, but this time I’m really
scared. A treaty between us and a Palestinian leader who doesn’t really speak
for all Palestinians will not resolve the problems of Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya,
Yemen, Hezbollah, al-Qaida and others.
Where is Gen. Ein Breira?
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