Sir, – The violence in Syria, which has dominated media headlines
for so long, poses many problems.
Is America satisfied that the
irrefutable evidence it has about the use of chemical weapons by the Assad
regime (“Kerry: It is undeniable Assad used chemical weapons on massive scale,”
August 27) is more reliable than the irrefutable evidence it had about Saddam
Hussein having weapons of mass destruction? It would need to be.
suggest that instead of taking any immediate steps to punish Assad, maybe the
US, Britain, France and their allies would be better advised to mass a
multi-national force in the Mediterranean and around Syria, and tell its leader
that any future chemical attacks will result in immediate reprisals. At the same
time, the Security Council must get Russia on board to ensure that UN inspectors
are given immediate access to the sites in question within 24 hours. Could
Russia oppose such a request and retain international respect and credibility?
If, on the other hand, UN inspectors were to find it was rebel forces that used
chemicals weapons – a real possibility, considering that al-Qaida is involved –
then what, if any, reprisals would be implemented? Maybe the withdrawal of
support for the rebels would deter them from using such weapons.BERNIE
Sir, – The Arabs are masters of propaganda and faked
photography, and are aided and abetted by unscrupulous journalists wishing to
make a name for themselves.
Can we believe the photographs we are seeing
of a gas attack? We all know that Assad is capable of atrocities, but both sides
are blaming the other.
The willingly gullible Western governments, with
their fake concerns for human rights, do not seem to know what to do after
making ponderous pronouncements that get them deeper into the
Sir, – Regarding “On Syria, West
reaches ‘event horizon’” (Analysis, August 27), I really do not understand
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been quoted as saying that the
killing of people by chemical means is “unacceptable.”
Does he mean that
the more-than 100,000 deaths by other means are acceptable?
Sir, – Thanks are due Ariel Ben Solomon for presenting Russia’s options in
response a Western attack on its ally (“Expert: USled attack on Syria may lead
to increased Russian cooperation with Iran,” August 27).
President Vladimir Putin most likely sees the anticipated US-led attack not just
as punishment for Assad’s use of chemical weapons, but as a move against his
ambitions in the eastern Mediterranean at the geopolitical underbelly of Turkey
and eastern Europe.
The experts quoted in the article are quite right in
that, one way or another, Russia will react. Their consensus is that an active
Russian military role is unlikely. They could have added that this is true for a
very simple reason: Putin’s Russia is in an almost no-lose situation! Whatever
happens in Syria’s civil war, the Assad regime will remain, whether by
reconquering the entire country or by establishing its own de facto state in the
Alawite homeland along the coast and in the mountains between Lebanon and
Turkey. This would allow Assad to protect his own people, as well as their
beleaguered Christian allies, against probable Sunni mass
Together with an Alawite state under the Assad clan go strategic
port facilities – to Russia’s benefit, not to mention Iran’s. Putin is most
likely gambling that these, along with increased military ties to Teheran,
Hezbollah and a rump Shia Iraq, would warrant increased Sunni
Jerusalem Majority preference
Sir, – With regard
to “Plans for egalitarian section for Kotel likely to leave Women of the Wall
unhappy” (August 26), it pays to set aside the gender issue.
Jewish locale of prayer, be it Orthodox, Reform, Conservative or egalitarian,
the central place of worship is the bima, with its table, the Torah, the reader
and assistants. The established procedure in the women’s section at the Kotel is
that there is not a bima or Torah scroll. It is each woman with her Siddur,
The ambition of the members of Women of the Wall (WoW)
is that they will lead the service. If this were not so, WoW would not be so
resistant to being in the back or on the side or at Robinson’s Arch.
is determined to lead as though it is an unassailable right. Obsessions are
notoriously difficult to shake, but does that give its members the right to
overrule majority preference? MIRIAM L. GAVARIN
Jerusalem Seeking recognition
Sir, – Kudos to The Jerusalem Post,
especially Judy Siegel- Itzkovich, for the
consistent and unsurpassed effort to see nurse practitioners (NPs) recognized in
Israel (“The nurse practitioner is in,” Health, August 25).
positive note, we have a professional organization of NPs that has been meeting
monthly. It is called the Association of Mid-Level Providers in Israel (AMPI).
Among us are nurse anesthetists, family nurse practitioners, women’s health
nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants.
Unfortunately, olim who
have umpteen years of experience are still not given permission by the Health
Ministry to practice.
Nor are we appreciated for our many years of
Though NPs are recognized in 22 countries, we still
cannot work in Israel.
To our newest associates, good luck and welcome to
the profession! We look forward to you joining us so we can work together toward
full recognition to provide optimum patient care and promote the health of
Jerusalem The writer is a US-certified
nurse practitioner and president of AMPI Unsung hero
Sir, – Your editorial
“Wings of the Dove” (August 25) evoked feelings of nostalgia for an unsung hero,
Dr. Graenum Berger. How ironic it is that today his name is hardly known, even
to the myriads of Ethiopians he saved.
Dr. Berger first met a small group
of Ethiopian Jews in Israel in 1955. He listened attentively to their desperate
plea on behalf of their povertystricken and starving Jewish brethren suffering
discrimination in Ethiopia. This was the seminal event that inspired him to
champion their cause.
In 1965 he created the American Association for
Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ) to bring pressure on world Jewry and Israel to save these
Jews from extinction.
With hardly more than a cadre of dedicated people,
he shook the Jewish establishment to action. Through its tireless efforts,
Operation Moses (1984) and Operation Solomon (1991) came to
Having accomplished the mission of liberating Beta Israel, the
AAEJ “closed shop” in 1993, and despite the lack of organization and
infrastructure in Israel, it challenged Israeli social activists to carry the
ball to the goal of full Ethiopian integration.
It is truly instructive
and inspirational how a small group of dedicated people was able to achieve this
Herculean task. What a tribute to a Jew who had a dream that was realized in his
Our challenge today is to dedicate our efforts to bring these
dedicated, happy, beautiful and bright people to their fullest
Jerusalem The writer is a former board member of