Sir, – “A tale of two Kerrys” (Analysis, December 6) too easily
entices irrational conclusions. The idea that recent events caused a conversion
experience from which US Secretary of State John Kerry emerged with a more
thoughtful, unprejudiced and realistic mind is fantasy. He remains
insubstantive, overbearing, narcissistic and intellectually
Hopefully, Jerusalem Post readers left the front page and
studied Martin Sherman (“Empowering Islam: ‘Taqiyya’ in the White House?” Into
the Fray) and Caroline B. Glick (“The politics of subversion,” Column One) in
the second section.
Sherman quotes Mark Steyn for a succinct definition:
“Certainly, John Kerry has been unerringly wrong on every foreign policy issue
for four decades, so sheer bungling stupidity cannot be ruled
Greek to them...
Sir, – I find
it ironic that haredi extremists who advocate Torah study – the voice of Jacob –
should be found in the streets throwing stones at Jews – the hands of Esau (“IDF
arrest of yeshiva student prompts violent protest by extremist haredim in
Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim,” December 6).
It is even more ironic because
this took place during Hanukka, when we celebrate the military prowess of Judah
the Maccabee and his followers, who overcame the mighty Greeks. On that
occasion, as we recall in the prayer Al Hanissim, God performed miracles to
ensure their military victory.
I am positive that back then there were no
haredim carrying banners, shouting slogans or throwing rocks at the Maccabees –
or even preventing women from praying. The genuine haredim of those days were
learning Torah and praying for the success of Judah.
Today, it appears
that this well-tested approach is, to many at least, Greek.
Ashkelon The writer is a rabbi ..
illegal to others
Sir, – For several years on
Hanukka, youngsters have been creating a symbolic menorah composed of small
lights arranged on the side of a steep hill beside the highway leading to
Jericho and the Dead Sea. The site was chosen because it is visible from some
residential areas of Ma’aleh Adumim and is on open, unused land.
innocent project had no political or nationalistic significance; it was merely a
fun way for the youngsters to add an extra dimension to their celebration of the
It happens that the location, just below the new police station,
is part of E1, and this year, shortly after my grandson and his friends set out
the string of candles, the police arrived and not only ordered them to leave,
but extinguished the lights. They didn’t even allow the youngsters to remove the
hundreds of tea candles they had used.
This might well be described as
preemptive capitulation to Arab violence that has flared up recently in E1. I do
not think the Maccabees would have approved.
Sir, – Reading “When friends disagree” by Alan Dershowitz
(Observations, December 6), I couldn’t believe what this supposedly
well-informed and erudite person wrote regarding the US policy of ending
sanctions against Iran.
Does Dershowitz honestly believe in “welcoming
Iran back into the community of nations?” These very same words were expressed
about another country by then-president George W. Bush at the end of the Iraq
war, and were addressed to Saddam Hussein.
Which begs the (rhetorical)
question: Do the Americans never learn from history? One need only observe what
is happening in Iraq now. If the situation were not so serious and worrisome, it
could be confused with being funny.
Sir, – I was
saddened and deeply disappointed by “When friends disagree.”
Dershowitz has bought into US President Barack Obama’s doctrine, which is like
waiting until a gun is pointed at you before firing back. Contrary to that
doctrine, not all conflicts can be negotiated to a peaceful
Why were the Iranian facilities hidden, built into a mountain
or underground, and protected with millions of tons of concrete and earth? What
is the purpose of the heavy-water reactor in Arak? Why was not a single
centrifuge required to be disassembled? Why was Iran not required to hand over
all enriched uranium? Why is Iran buying and building neutron initiators, the
sole purpose of which is to set off a nuclear bomb? These are crucial questions
the Iranians have failed to explain.
Only days before his appearance
before the United Nations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying
that Israel must be exterminated from the earth. Only a week before that,
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini was similarly quoted as saying the US must
Dershowitz’s ridiculous conclusion – that this has brought
America and Israel closer – is the product of a mindset that all disputes can be
resolved by negotiation.
That is either naive or
Khameini and Rouhani relinquished nothing in Geneva. America
has made Israel the canary in the mine shaft.ALAN B. KATZ
Sir, – With all due respect to Alan Dershowitz’s sagacious aptitude in
judicial matters, he does not understand Iran’s intentions, nor does he
understand the depth of the differences on this between Israel and the
The US is concerned most with avoiding war at any cost. Therefore, it
will never threaten military action against Iran (and mean it). On the other
hand, Israel, seeing its very existence at stake, will threaten military action
and, hopefully, mean it.
As Hirsh Goodman pointed out on the same page,
achieving the bomb is Iran’s single-minded goal.
It is not, nor will it
ever be, negotiable.
Considering Israel’s goal of self-preservation, it
should ignore all chatter coming out of Washington and prepare for the
Jerusalem Stain of Geneva
Sir, – The headline on
Hirsh Goodman’s “On being taken to the cleaners” (Observations, December 6) was
most appropriate, as toward the end of the piece it stated: “America and the
rest of the free world had waited for years for the yolk [sic] of the Ayatollahs
to be lifted from the Iranian people.”MEIR FACTOR
responds: This was due to a lack of editing oversight. The word should have been
For their sake
Sir, – I can’t understand how the world can remain
silent. If Iran drops a nuclear device on the Jewish state, it might kill many
who define themselves as Palestinian.
They lecture and study in Israeli
universities and schools, work at Israeli construction sites, serve as ministers
in the Knesset, and provide medical expertise or receive treatment in Israeli
I assume that if Iran does go nuclear, the UN and
pro-Palestinian organizations will condemn Israel and America for not having
done enough to prevent it.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US
President Barack Obama should redouble their efforts to stop Iran, for the sake
of the Palestinians.YONATAN ZLATNIKOVICH
Proud of him
Regarding Robert Fattal’s “My Iraqi Jewish heritage: What’s left?” (Comment
& Features, December 5), the elite of the Sephardi Jews are the Iraqi Jews.
I was told this more than 30 years ago by the late Prof. Isaac (Ishu) Halbrecht,
a gynecologist and philosopher who founded the Project of the Jewish Family
We are proud to say that our son-in-law, born in the State of
Israel, is one of those elite Jews.
JESSICA and KENNETH FISCHER