Facing the rockets
Sir, – Regarding “PA silence over terror attacks raises questions over readiness for state” (August 22), the silence of the Palestinian Authority is not what’s worrisome – it’s the silence of the Israeli prime minister and defense minister, and it demands a public inquiry.
Where are the emotional speeches to the world, the table-pounding and screaming, that Jews are no longer slaves who can be murdered without consequence? Again we buckle to world opinion, and again Hamas reloads for the next round – with even better weapons.
Israel has hundreds of military sites at which Hamas could fire, yet we are silent about rockets launched only at civilian targets.
We keep the electricity flowing so the rocket welders can work, and the gas flowing so they can have hot meals.WILLIAM LEVY
Sir, – With regard to “Israel doesn’t want another Gaza incursion, Gilad
tells ‘Post’” (August 22), of course not! That would take guts and a
big dose of faith in our abilities, something sadly lacking in our
Gilad inexplicably adds that “we are extremely determined to protect Israel and its citizens and that is what we are doing.”
Really? To protect means to stop the enemy from killing us, not to wait until there are deaths.
We deserve better than this, and to hell with the rest of the world that disagrees.EDITH OGNALL
Sir, – The issue is not who is right – we will be arguing this point for eternity. The issue is what our response must be.
If Hamas fires rockets into our civilian population, then surely on a moral and legal basis we should do the same right back.
So far, the humane approach has not worked.
It’s time to give them what they are asking for. Take the gloves off.
Sir, – How dare you use the word “mutual,” giving the impression that
there is equal blame on both sides for the tragic loss of life caused by
Hamas and its allies (“Israel and Hamas attempt truce after three days
of mutual attacks,” August 22).
Israel responds (some of us think it is not enough of a response) to
Arab aggression and terrorist attacks. It expresses regret and
apologizes for inadvertent deaths it causes.
What’s mutual about any of this? PHIL CHERNOFSKY
Sir, – “Mutual” attacks? A civilian population is subject to terror and
indiscriminate rocket fire, and its defense force uses a fraction of its
strength to try to stop the attacks – and that’s called mutual? If I
wanted my blood pressure to rise in the morning I would read Haaretz. I
don’t want to add to the frustration over the humiliation our country is
experiencing, and to the fury that those responsible for the expulsion
from Gaza are still making critical decisions upon which Israeli lives
are based.EVE HAROW
Sir, – Hamas instigated terror attacks, targeting innocent Israeli
civilians. Israel retaliated by targeting the terrorists in order to
defend its citizens. How can you state that these actions are “mutual?” TOVA KESTENBAUM
Sir, – Excuse me, but I don’t recall my country attacking anyone last
weekend. Shouldn’t the headline have been “Truce attempted after three
days of Hamas attacks and Israeli retaliation?” I. ZUNDER
The Editor responds:
We certainly do not condone any equivalence between Hamas terrorist
attacks on civilians and Israeli military reprisals against terrorists,
and the wording of the headline was wrong.
Beck and Israel
Sir, – In your otherwise fine coverage of the first event of the Glenn
Beck Restoring Coverage tour (“Beck: We are entering the age of the
miracles of God,” August 22), the audience in Caesarea (and, for that
matter, the one in Jerusalem the next night) was not composed of
Christians alone, as your story seems to indicate. In attendance were
numerous Jews who were an obvious presence, wearing kippot and the
traditional modest clothing of Jewish women.DAN WISEMAN
Sir, – I was at the rally, and the thought that ran through my mind (and
broke my heart) was that thousands of people had traveled to Israel to
support us – and their love and respect for us is more than we give to
Being uninformed and ignorant – as Moshe Feiglin appears to be (“Feiglin
objects to Beck’s Jerusalem event,” August 22) – is a sin and shows a
great misunderstanding of what Glenn Beck hopes to start, which is a
world-wide, grassroots movement in defense of our right to the Jewish
State of Israel and its undivided capital, Jerusalem.
We do not have better friends in this world. Thank you, Glenn Beck, and
to all of the Christians around the world for everything you are doing.JILL SINIGAGLIA
Sir, – I never thought I would agree with Moshe Feiglin on anything, but
he is so right to object to allowing right-wing extremist Glenn Beck to
hold a rally at the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount.
The Southern Wall is part of the sacred religious heritage of Judaism.
It is no place for a rally of any kind, much less one that is totally
political in nature and Christian to boot. Such a sacred site, so
closely attached to Judaism, should be reserved for religious and
educational purposes, and kept far from controversial political events.
If ever there was a case of desecration of what is sacred, this is it,
and whoever granted Beck a permit should be held responsible. This
place, which Deuteronomy says was the place chosen by God for His
sanctuary, should be respected and not turned into a den for publicity
Jerusalem The writer is a rabbi
Sir, – Barry Rubin gets it right when it comes to Glenn Beck (“Glenn
Beck gets it right when it comes to the big picture issues,” The Region,
Rubin notes Beck’s attributes: “Common sense, courage [in facing
intimidation and politically motivated ridicule], knowing the difference
between right and wrong, a willingness to learn, and a readiness to
admit when one has been wrong.”
I would say that we all might strive for these traits of positive self-esteem and mental health.CHARLOTTE SLOPAK GOLLER
The writer is a psychologist.
What they are
Sir, – Regarding “The longest hatred” (Editorial, August 17), Muslims
are almost always described as “moderate” or “fanatic.” However, there
are no moderate or fanatic Muslims, only inactive haters of heretics and
Hatred is felt toward Christians, Buddhists, Baha’i, etc. It is
especially directed toward Jews, whom the Koran states are “the sons of
pigs and monkeys.”
Muslims do not accept other religions as equal to theirs.
“There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet” is chanted daily by 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world.
Most Muslims, thankfully, do not translate their beliefs into action.
The few who do are called “fanatic Islamic Jihadists.” So let’s get our
definition straight: There are inactive and active Muslims, not
moderates and wild-eyed fanatics.ELIEZER WHARTMAN
Eric Cantor (R-VA) is the US House majority leader, and not as stated in the Page 1 photo caption on August 23.