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Sir, - I agree with Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon that Turkey’s demand for an apology for the Mavi Marmara incident is “chutzpah” (“Ya’alon: ‘Marmara’ apology won’t mend relations with Ankara,” August 9).
Blogger Michael Rubin recently compared it “to a burglar demanding compensation for being cut by broken glass during a break-in.” I would only add that Ankara’s third demand, that Israel lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, is like asking a homeowner leave his windows open to facilitate future robberies.DANIEL CHERTOF Jerusalem Norway and the Post
Sir, – Caroline B. Glick’s “Norway’s Jewish problem” (Our World, August 9) was superbly written and expresses perfectly the hypocrisy with which many of the world’s liberal governments clearly practice anti- Semitic views.
This Jerusalem Post
columnist has a reputation for unveiling these practices and it is for that reason that she and others like her have been targeted. Credit goes to Glick for sticking to her guns and not caving into pressure from the Post
or the Norwegians to apologize for her views.
I would like to encourage her to continue speaking her mind, as it is obviously a mind that sees clearly what many of us would rather ignore.MEIRA OVED
Sir, – Caroline Glick not only can’t stop blaming the latest victims of a
major terrorist attack, but can’t stop writing about her own earlier
writing about them.
She is still going on about what “propelled me to write my July 29
column, ‘Breivik and totalitarian democrats.’” So forgive me for being
unable to leave that column behind either.
In it, Glick wrote that “The Left’s attempts to link conservative
writers, politicians and philosophers with Breivik are nothing new.” She
continued that “the same thing happened in 1995, when the Left tried to
blame rabbis and politicians for the sociopathic Yigal Amir’s
assassination of then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The same thing
happened in the US last summer with the Left’s insistent attempts to
link the psychotic Jared Loughner, who shot congresswoman Gabrielle
Giffords and her constituents, with Gov. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.”
But Glick omitted the elephant in the room: Why is it that it’s almost
always conservatives or rightists, and hardly ever liberals or leftists,
who shoot people? And why, as Post
editor-in-chief Steve Linde said in his column published on the morning
of the Norway attacks (“Halting the hate,” Editor’s Notes, July 22),
have rightists also now made death threats against a liberal Post
columnist? It seems nearly inconceivable that anyone on the Left would ever make death threats against a conservative Post
Why shouldn’t it be inconceivable against any columnist? It would be
helpful if Glick used her considerable analytical skills to examine the
one-sidedness of this pathology.
I wish also to thank the Post
its “Apology to Norway” (Editorial, August 5). Let us ask ourselves how
many newspapers in the world would have the bravery and integrity to
publish such an apology. We should be proud of this paper.JAMES ADLER
Sir, – One can only imagine what prompted The Jerusalem Post
to shamefully apologize to Norway for an act that was not even committed. None of the articles or columns in the Post
during the week following the Norwegian massacre in any way justified the behavior of the lunatic mass murderer.
There were several columns, however, that questioned Norwegian
government policy and suggested that Norwegians have let down their
guard, creating conditions that are exploited by potential terrorists –
right-wing, left-wing, Islamist or whatever.
Indeed, even the Norwegians themselves are asking the most basic
question about the readiness of their security forces to handle
Rather than apologizing, the Post
have demanded an apology from the Norwegian ambassador to Israel, who
recently drew a disgraceful distinction between Norway and Israel,
suggesting that Norway was undeservedly attacked by a terrorist whereas
Israel is seen as being justifiably attacked due to the “occupation” of
Your newspaper should have called for the ambassador to be declared
persona non grata until an apology was forthcoming. An ambassador, after
all, speaks in the name of his government; the Post
just publishes a variety of opinions.
We should be up in arms due to Norwegian trivialization of our terrorist victims, not the other way around.GABE HARPAZ
Sir, – It is almost unheard of for a newspaper in a free country to
disclaim or apologize for the work of its journalists, unless that work
was blatantly false or immoral (and often not even then). It was
therefore painful to see your newspaper, seemingly mired in political
correctness, rebuke some of its finest columnists, and in doing so
undermine the paper’s journalistic integrity.
Newspapers are constantly faced with disagreement and criticism of their
content, and the standard practice, yours included, is to acknowledge
this by publishing an appropriate assortment of letters to the editor,
or occasionally even op-ed pieces. Why didn’t you let go of the issue
with the lively exchange of letters you routinely print? BARUCH SCHMIDT
Netanya Frequent freier
Sir, – How can it be that Honduras announced it will vote for
Palestinian statehood at the UN in September? Not long ago we were given
assurances by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon that “we certainly
stopped the (Palestinian) momentum in Latin America.”
Ayalon specifically mentioned Honduras as one of the nations where his persuasive powers had been most effective.
It thus seems very surprising that Honduras would make such a
pronouncement. I hope, at least, that Ayalon enjoyed his trips to Latin
Jerusalem Empty can be good
Sir, – I must speak up on behalf of overseas property buyers who are
being accused of driving up real estate prices, thereby depriving the
young of the ability to buy apartments.
In every country you have examples of prime location properties
constructed in certain key areas. So it is in Israel. Here these
locations are either facing the sea or in prestigious Jerusalem areas.
These wealthy property buyers pay much higher municipal taxes than the
average citizen, yet they make no demand on the municipality, although
they do demand that it upgrade the surrounding areas in keeping with the
status of the investment.
This leads to a quality environment, including public areas, to be enjoyed by all.
True, a lot of these properties lie vacant until the owners, their
friends or family can come to enjoy the use of this investment.
However, when they come, they give a much needed financial injection by
adding their tourist dollars to the local and national economy. Ask the
area restaurateurs, car-hire companies, gift shops and clothing stores
how much this adds to their takings.
In closing, I ask one question: Would these prime locations be put to
better use by downgrading the cost and quality of buildings to
accommodate cheap rentals or cater to low-priced housing? I think not.
Netanya The writer is a real estate professional
The “Cuban Five” referred to in the August 9 editorial “Gross
injustice” were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the
United States, and not as stated.