More on Pollard
Sir, – Your editorial “Pollard’s appeal” (August 19) is an
example of how the purely emotional response to the release of Palestinian
terrorists has led to a hysterical outpouring of illogical and at times vitreous
condemnation of the government’s action.
In the first place, Pollard’s
own article, “Restoring Israel to greatness” (Observations, August 16), which
the editorial refers to, had no special merit other than the name of the author.
He can claim no particular expertise in the area he wrote about, and every one
of the so-called “facts” he used to condemn our government can be easily
refuted, given a chance.
To highlight my argument about how emotions have
come to rule over facts, I ask a simple question: If you condemn the joyful
reception that the released terrorists are receiving in Gaza and the West Bank,
will you provide a joyful reception if the day ever comes that Pollard, a
convicted spy, is released? If you do, you are a hypocrite.
court convicted Pollard of what is probably the most heinous of crimes – spying
for another country, which is subject to the death penalty. He breached the
trust given to him by supplying information to a foreign power.
you do that the information went to an ally is a meaningless qualification of
the actual fact of the crime. The fact that he is “our” spy does not relieve him
in any way of his guilt. That argument is the same one used by the Palestinians
– the released prisoners were “their” soldiers while in our eyes they were
Given the space that you afforded Pollard on the basis of
nothing more than his notoriety, I could set out my own views of what
justifications can be made for the government’s action in releasing these
killers, but I have little expectation that your columns will have
Sir, – If US President Barack Obama won’t
release Jonathan Pollard, he has a duty to tell the world why. After so long it
cannot be kept a secret.
The biblical concept of leadership, on which the
American tradition claims to be founded, has four tenets – vision, courage,
wisdom and morality.
All derive from Moses.
Moses had the vision
of a people that valued every one of its members and championed the dignity even
of a condemned offender. He had courage and the strength to withstand pressure
when necessary. He had wisdom, knowing when to withdraw if the situation called
for it. And he had morality, the instinct to choose the right
Mr. President, speak out.
Explain why you want Pollard
behind bars. Otherwise, show vision, courage, wisdom and morality, and let him
You will find words for it. Call it clemency, call it commuting a
sentence, call it humanity. History will approve and acclaim you.
Pollard dies in prison it will be like an assassination and the presidency will
Our indignation is not because Pollard is a Jew. If anyone,
including a fellow Jew, has broken the law, the law is entitled to deal with
him. But the law must treat him fairly.
The public has never been told
precisely what Pollard did, but was it something so very wrong as to justify so
many years locked away? If it was, spell it out. Otherwise, enough is enough!
Jerusalem Say you’ll come
Sir, – I read “Tom Jones under pressure
to cancel Tel Aviv performance” (August 19). Well, what’s new, pussy cat? It’s
not unusual for some committee or other to try and dissuade an artist from
performing here. Their modus operandi is to try and keep Tom’s feet firmly on
the green, green grass of home and not venture to our shores, where most
certainly he would find a taste of honey! All I can say is that love is in the
air. I’m sure Tom will make that journey in October and that we’ll see him at
about the same time as our autumn leaves! DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Lifting hearts aloft
Sir, – I was brought to tears reading of the great
sanctification of God’s name that El Al showed the world (“El Al plane returns
to airport gate to save sick girl’s summer dream,” August 19).
El Al has
a great neshama (soul) and should know that not only did it make this sick
girl’s summer dream come true, it lifted the hearts of thousands of
Netanya Tell us more
Sir, – We were eager to read
the article by Yehuda Bauer titled “Remembering Elizabeth Maxwell” (Comment
& Features, August 14), as we were interested to learn more about this
inspirational woman. But at least 75 percent of the article was devoted to the
infamous life story of her late husband, Robert Maxwell. There was nothing new
about Elizabeth except for the author’s apparent friendship with
Please, can we have an article that actually describes Elizabeth
Maxwell’s many achievements and details her fascinating life story? NORMAN and
Jerusalem Deserving of mention
Sir, – In the Grapevine feature that
appeared on August 9 (“The art of giving) there was a small segment on tourism
between Israel and Croatia. We read that Croatia is a “tourist destination,
especially for sports-minded vacationers and those who like to frequent health
spas,” and that we are also courting tourism from Croatia to
There was not one word of unpleasant history.
just before the segment on encouraging Croatian tourists to come to Israel there
were nine paragraphs on the wonderful work of Samuel Willenberg, a 90 year old
survivor of Treblinka. If it weren’t for that beautiful tribute I wouldn’t have
noticed the mention of Croatian tourism. But the contrast was just too
The history of Croatia’s brutal treatment of its Jews during World
War II is hardly a secret – it has been noted recently in the Post in an article
and in letters to the editor.
At the very least, the Grapevine item
should have included some meaningful reference to that country’s past, as well
as to its unrepentant present.
Jerusalem Worth a try
– Whereas the law requires highway drivers to keep to the right except to pass,
the benighted Israeli driving community seems unaware of this or deliberately
More than a year ago the Traffic Police said they were going
to enforce the law, yet it was clear that this would not happen because of
insufficient resources and manpower.
A relatively inexpensive, though
partial, solution would be to post signs reminding drivers of this law. Even if
only one life is saved, it would be worth it.TREVOR DAVIS
• The Jerusalem Post
appreciates that Samuel Rothberg was the
initiator and founder of the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
Avraham Avi-hai was the first dean and acting
provost, and not as stated. We apologize for the error.
“Court: Ex-Slovakian envoy has diplomatic immunity in breach of contract case”
(August 19), Rinat Bublil-Kadesh, attorney for former ambassador to Israel Ivo
Hlavacek, wishes to clarify: Hlavacek and his wife lived in the property in
question for a very short time – the lawsuit filed by Yisrael Ratahoz and his
wife refers inter alia to a previous period, when the previous ambassador lived
there. The claims against Hlavacek mentioned in the appeal were rejected by the
court, and Ratahoz was required to pay NIS 22,000 to Hlavacek and his wife for
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