Sir, – With regard to “Profiling the prisoners set to be
released this week” (August 13), where can we march? The release of these brutal
murderers makes me so angry. They will be celebrated while the families of their
Their profiles show how random, debased and horrific these
people and their crimes are. Is it really a wartime act to murder a person with
an ax behind his back, to cut off ears as souvenirs, to steal a TV or a car in
the process? People with multiple life sentences will walk free and taste
adulation so we can make an anemic “goodwill” gesture. We must protest! Let’s
Sir, – I read “Mother fears son’s killer could be
allowed to return to neighboring village” (August 12). The article gives her
name, age and community. Worst of all, it says she lives alone.
you just print her street address and daily schedule so that any local thugs and
thieves will know exactly where and when to find their next victim?
Sir, – It is very nice that we are releasing Arab prisoners.
But what are we doing to protect them from possible vigilante action by the
bereaved families? Can we be sure that none of them will take revenge on a
Sir, – I have a book
published some 20 years ago called Everything is Negotiable. Do you think a copy
should be supplied to members of the cabinet? At least then, as a concerned
citizen, I will know that what appears to be absolute insanity from a tactical
point of view (“Israel, PA wrangle over plans for 1,200 homes beyond Green
Line,” August 12) is part of a carefully considered strategy to gain the upper
hand in negotiations with an adversary.
ALAN SHLOMO KOOR
– In “Israel, PA wrangle over plans for 1,200 homes beyond Green Line,” your
reporters mention that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with US
peace envoy Martin Indyk as PA officials were condemning the new settlement
When will Israeli leaders finally figure out that they have to
answer back boldly to the Palestinians, and to world leaders, that Jewish
settlement in Judea and Samaria is legal? The League of Nations Mandate for
Palestine was never abrogated. To say otherwise is a great injustice and not
only denies the deep historical connection of the Jewish people to the Land of
Israel, but runs contrary to international law.
One can reasonably argue
about the wisdom of a particular outpost or Jewish village, but not about their
International law is the language the world
Every time Israeli leaders remain silent on this subject
it’s like admitting their own guilt.
The world respects you only if you
respect yourself. We need to respect ourselves. Negotiations can succeed only if
they are based on an understanding that Jewish settlement is legal and natural,
and that it has never been the true barrier to peace.
The real barrier to
peace has been the Arabs’ refusal to admit that the Jewish people has a deep and
ancient connection to this land and that this was ratified by international
Zichron Ya’acov Travails of a city
Sir, – I am a
resident of Ramat Beit Shemesh. I work in Tel Aviv and am a so-called productive
member of society. I pay my taxes and do my bit. I feel that the police should
I also live right next to the site of the protests over the
graves (“Haredi extremists riot over ‘desecration of graves’ at Beit Shemesh
building site,” August 13).
When the police use water cannons on
protesters and aim into my parking lot to the extent that no one from my
building can leave his apartment, is that protection? Is that fair? Is that
okay? Who are they protecting? I tried to contact the police about this but was
passed from this office to that office, receiving no help at all.
know who is right and who is wrong, but if you stop ordinary citizens from
living their lives, the buck stops here!
Sir, – I wish
to challenge Sam Sokol’s “Eli Cohen’s deal with Bayit Yehudi could sour some
Beit Shemesh voters” (August 12).
We Beit Shemeshers passionately love
our city. The poll set to determine the most likely candidate to lead the
Zionist (as opposed to haredi) camp in the upcoming election brought out high
emotions. There was a strong battle between supporters of Eli Cohen and Aliza
Bloch, a very talented woman.
The week prior to the poll, behind closed
doors, Bayit Yehudi switched its support from Bloch, approaching Cohen to be its
candidate of choice. Everyone was stunned. The timing was unfortunate, as it
occurred during the polling, leaving people hanging.
Cohen was apparently
seen by Bayit Yehudi as the candidate with the best chance to return Beit
Shemesh to its Zionist roots.
Cohen is opening his arms to Beit
Shemeshers and is holding a town meeting for everyone to challenge him, ask
tough questions and get to know the man with integrity if he is to, hopefully,
recreate a united Beit Shemesh.
As emotions cool there is an excellent
chance for Cohen to win the election and unite the city. I believe that Beit
Shemesh can be part of the jewels of the crown that is the Land of
Beit Shemesh Paying the price
Sir, – Far too often
carries stories of children left in locked vehicles and perishing there
(“Fourth child in five weeks dies in overheated car,” August 12). I do not
recall seeing a follow- up as to what happens to the parents or other guilty
Do the parents get punished, or is it assumed that it was a
tragic mistake for which they will suffer a lifetime? This is homicide, however
unintentional it might be, and therefore inexcusable. Might future deaths be
prevented by holding parents responsible and making the penalties severe?
Sir, – Regarding “Netanyahu and Kagame” (No Holds
Barred, August 12), will we ever have a week without a picture of Shmuley
Boteach standing next to a billionaire or a TV personality or a national leader?
Is there no limit to this guy’s self-aggrandizement? Unless you are collecting
advertising rates from him, I sure wish you would move on to some other
Ra’anana No comparison
Sir, – I grew up in ’60s
England, when the Rolling Stones were at their peak. I also bought the first
Kaveret album and attended the band’s brilliant concert last week in Tel Aviv,
so I feel I have a right to reply to Jeff Barak’s sadly misplaced comparison
(“Even when it comes to rock legends, Israel has to be different,” Reality
Check, August 12).
The Stones perform now, old men denying their age and
hardly acting it. It is sad to see a group that was once iconic (although it
never approached the standing of the Beatles) and which has learned nothing over
the decades, harking back to a lost time.
The members of Kaveret, on the
other hand, have aged gracefully, acknowledging and joking about their long
teeth, yet still relevant to today’s society and youth. This was the secret of
the magic during their reunion – entertaining, witty, genuinely polished musical
virtuosos, quintessentially beautiful Israel, now as then.
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