The Aussies volley
Sir, – Regarding “Halevy: Israel should not strike Iran
without US approval” (August 5), the words coming from both Iran and Israel are
increasingly frightening – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his
hate-filled rhetoric, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his “make my
day, bring ’em on” threats. Israel tries to persuade America to do the dirty
work; America struggles to restrain Israel.
Netanyahu proclaims that he
is “responsible.” Will he take responsibility for the millions of Israelis
(Muslims, Christians and Jews) who will be massacred in the aftermath, the
millions of Israelis, Jews and Americans who will be slaughtered world-wide?
Will Israel pay restitution for generations to those slaughtered, as Germany
still pays restitution for acts done generations ago? Will there be an Israel at
all? And will Netanyahu take responsibility when the answer is “no?”
Sir, – Here in Australia, many uphold the position
that Israel is a demonic Middle Eastern superpower largely responsible for much
of the world’s woes.
Meanwhile, there are a plethora of countries in the
region deemed to be gross violators of human rights that, incredibly, do not
attract the ire of these so-called human rights activists.
Israel is the
only mature democracy in the Middle East and a champion of the rights of
minorities, women and gays.
Incongruously, it is Israel that cops the
vitriol and wrath of the Left, even as Syria massacres its own citizens, Iran
remains a police state, Saudi Arabia subjugates women and Jordan refuses to
grant any sovereignty to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who languish
in makeshift refugee camps.
Why, then, is Israel the whipping boy for the
Melbourne, Australia Let’s see him
Sir, – While I
wholeheartedly agree with your deputy sports editor regarding the achievements
of Alex Shatilov on the gymnastics floor, I have to call him to task on his
dismissal of synchronized swimming (“Dreaming of a gymnast’s medal,” Allon
Sinai’s London Diary, August 5). He is simply displaying his
May I draw Sinai’s attention to another piece in the same
issue of the Post
(“Let the games begin,” Travel Trends), where it is written:
“Synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills and requires great
strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as
exceptional breath control when upside down in the water.”
I shall take a
cue from the famous lady who, when complaining about glib talkers who had
criticized David Beckham for being inarticulate in interviews, challenged those
same glib talkers to stand in a goal and try to save one of his free kicks: I
challenge Sinai to spend 30 seconds upside-down in the water without touching
the bottom of the pool, all the time twirling his body 360 degrees with his toes
continuously pointed, totally synchronized with the other members of his team
and the music, and then come up smiling!
Sir, – Blinded by
striving for an Olympic moment of silence to memorialize the 11 Israeli athletes
slaughtered 40 years ago at the games in Munich, we completely ignored the fact
that this year’s Olympics began on Shabbat.
Our athletes participated on
Shabbat, and also on Tisha Be’Av. We Jews should be ashamed! How can we expect
to win any medals at all? Are we so removed from the word of God that we can
justify any kind of desecration of our faith? Let’s all pay more attention to
what is expected of us!
FEYGEH SARAH FRIEDMAN
Betar Illit Futile gestures
I’m constantly surprised at Jews who are surprised that the Palestinians
continue to turn against us in spite of all our gestures of goodwill (“‘Anger’
in Jerusalem over PA’s failure to reciprocate goodwill measures,” August
We return terrorists, both alive and dead. We negotiate on developing
the Gaza gas field.
We recently signed an economic accord with the
Palestinian Authority. We advanced the PA some NIS 180 million of tax money so
salaries could be paid. And these are only a few of the many goodwill
gestures we’ve made.
In return we get Arabs praising terrorists who have
been set free, freed terrorists returning to their terrorist activities,
Israel-bashing, and now, once again, talk of the Palestinian Authority’s seeking
We cannot buy national pride with goodwill gestures, money
or even 80 percent of our land.
The Palestinians feel all of Israel is
theirs and won’t settle for one inch less. Why can’t we recognize this and
realize this is one enemy we can’t turn into a friend? Where is our national
pride, self-preservation and common sense?
Ma’aleh Adumim An
Sir, – The list of MK Haneen Zoabi’s “accomplishments” in your
August 2 editorial (“Zoabi’s incitement”) mentions her dehumanization of Israeli
terror victims and her lies aimed at disparaging the State of
What is her motivation for doing this? Is it to distract from the
fact that she is more hungry for power and world-wide attention than she is for
working hard for the benefit of her constituency? Her behavior is consistent
with the Arab world’s attitude of blaming Israel for its ills rather than facing
up to the responsibility for solving its own problems.
Or, perhaps Zoabi
is a puppet doing the bidding of Hamas and the PA, which want to destroy Israel.
Perpetrators of tyranny can be very fickle. When Zoabi loses her usefulness
maybe they’ll hoist her on her own petard by accusing her of collaborating with
In the Arab world, the tolerance and forbearance shown in your
editorial are viewed as weakness and will incite more bullying
Jerusalem Toughen up on AIDS
Sir, – The 19th
International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, which wrapped up on July 27,
ended on a perceived note of success.
Success, yes, in the enormous gains
in decreasing morbidity and mortality from AIDS through education, scientific
excellence and innovation in new drug treatments. Still, there has been enormous
failure by not implementing public health measures that, in concert with
existing methodologies, would begin the road to eliminating this, the greatest
plague to humankind in the past 100 years.
The way to complete the task
of eliminating AIDS in Israel is to institute mandatory routine testing, tracing
and treatment for all HIV-infected patients, something the country has failed to
do for decades. Cuba has done it and is the paradigm for AIDS control in the
In addition, the recent incursion of thousands of
illegal immigrants into Israel has raised the stakes for the spread of
At least 20 percent of HIV-infected patients in Israel are unaware
of their infection, and these patients continue to pass on their infection to
Mandatory testing and tracing for AIDS would remove this threat,
but it has been politically unacceptable.
The Israeli Ministry of Health
has the opportunity to prolong uncountable numbers of lives and protect
Israel should choose to lead – and leave behind its
ineffective public health policy.
SANFORD F. KUVIN
Palm Beach, Florida The writer is a physician and founder and international chair of the Sanford
Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem