Stand us up
Sir, – With regard to “Painful cuts” (Editorial, August 21), if the
members of our government really want citizens to stand on their own feet, they
will have to take certain steps.
• Over-regulation is the biggest
A prosperous economy cannot be over-regulated, as has
been done in so many areas here (banking, insurance, the stock market, health,
etc.). We need a prime minister with an agenda like that of former US president
• No government to date has really tackled the matter of
bureaucracy, a serious problem that drives foreign investors away in the
thousands and costs our economy millions.
• Cutting government expenses
alone is not the way to jump-start the economy.
For example, serious
research has shown that benefits based on the number of children in a family it
not a factor in the number of children conceived.
activity achieves much more than cutbacks.
• Our unemployment statistics
include only those drawing unemployment pay. The minute these people stop
drawing such benefits, even if still unemployed, they are removed from the
statistics. The government should listen to Stef Wertheimer, who recently warned
that hitech cannot be relied on to solve our economic problems.
industries are important.
• Regarding education, brain power is our
biggest national resource, but we are failing to use it to the best
Kiryat Ono Disturbing change
Sir, – Gil Troy does
a very good job of promoting a second term for Jerusalem’s incumbent mayor by
listing his accomplishments (“Thank you Nir Barkat, for restoring Jerusalem’s
glow,” Center Field, August 21).
I agree that political games are wrong
and demeaning. However, between the race cars and cultural nights, Jerusalem has
lost some of its glow – its glow of holiness! Troy goes on about saving
Jerusalem from “ultra- Orthodox power-brokers” who “view the city as theirs
exclusively rather than Israel’s capital, the Jewish people’s heart and
Is he kidding? That is exactly how they view the city – as the
most important part of our country, the center of the Land of Israel – and
therefore they fight for its persona.
The atmosphere has changed
considerably since I moved here 28 years ago.
That special atmosphere,
where the very air held some spark of holiness, is dissipating. Jerusalem does
not need modern sophistication, not when that leads to more violations of
Shabbat in the public sphere (what one does at home is his own business), where
more non-kosher eateries are opening up, and when our most accessible holy site
is the scene of riots.
While Barkat has done a lot for the city, much of
it has brought a disturbing change to its character. I will think long and hard
about whom to vote for this time round.BATYA BERLINGER
Sir, – Regarding “The invention of Israeli ethnicism” (Terra
Incognita, August 21) by Seth J.
Frantzman, ethnic discrimination in
Israel is not a phenomenon of the 1950s. It is said that back in the 1930s, Haim
Nachman Bialik stated that the only reason he so disliked the Arabs was that
they were so much like Sephardi Jews! This attitude, which unfortunately still
exists, is the very antithesis of Zionism, Judaism and the current Jewish
renaissance. To progress as a nation, we Israelis must do everything to
eliminate this discrimination before it eliminates us.HAIM M. LERNER
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