Who’s being protected?
Sir, – While neither Hamas and its proxies nor Israel is
believed to be interested in a large-scale conflict, “a devastating attack by
either could lead right to it,” we read in “Avoiding Cast Lead II” (Security and
Defense, December 24). It is horrifying to realize that our government is more
concerned with keeping America and others happy by loosening the blockade on our
enemies in Gaza, than with keeping Israelis safe.
In the same issue, we
learned that we now have what is called a “population coordination officer,”
whose job is to make sure Israel does minimum harm to civilians during future
operations in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon (“IDF officers, tasked with reducing
civilian casualties, complete training”). I don’t hear mention of reducing
casualties among our own people – only among the enemy.
I don’t want to
hear that our children have been murdered before the IDF is allowed to go after
terrorists. I don’t want to hear that the IAF is bombing tunnels only after we
have been attacked. I want to hear a clear command: Go in, attack and completely
Are our people’s lives worth less than those of the terrorists?
Moved to tears
Sir, – I’m in tears after reading your
article “Capital’s Bikur Cholim Hospital likely to close after Treasury declines
to hand over NIS 30 million” (December 23).
With Jerusalem’s other
hospitals lacking hundreds of beds, how can the Treasury not keep Bikur Cholim
open? How can Prime Minister Netanyahu, as health minister, not show any
interest? How can Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman not do all in his power
to help save the hospital? How can Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz not
intervene, as his ministry did to save Netanya’s Laniado Hospital? What will
happen to the staffers, the patients, the pensioners, the equipment, etc., etc.,
if the hospital closes? How can no one show any interest? Just as the recent
holiday of Hanukka had its miracles, let’s hope and pray that by the end of this
month, another miracle will keep our precious hospital open.HANNAH
Savoring the hope
Sir, – I savored the moment reading about
Dan Peek (“From America to the Kotel,” Arts & Entertainment, December 23)
and had hope for the future learning in the same issue about Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen as the new US House Foreign Affairs Committee chair (“Ready to play
hardball,” Comment & Features).
I want to express my gratitude to the
Post for featuring these positive articles and highlighting them at the top of
its front page.CHARLOTTE SLOPAK GOLLER, PhD
Jerusalem Others’ trappings
Sir, – On December 23, you placed a photo of a “Christmas tree” (“Haifa’s
recycling Christmas tree”) on the front page above the fold. I question the use
of this photo, but more so its prominence.
Yes, ’tis the season, and as a
recycling project it is an accomplishment.
But one of the things we love
about being in a Jewish country is not having to be surrounded by other people’s
Jerusalem Been there
Sir, – Larry Derfner’s
defense of the anonymity of the 101 soldiers who denounce the behavior of the
Israeli army in the book Breaking the Silence (“The last bastion of
colonialism,” Rattling the Cage, December 23) reminds me of a paragraph I
recently read in a book about the Spanish Inquisition: The common practice was
to conceal the names of the accusers, so none of the accused knew who they were
or saw any evidence.
Anonymous witnesses, a procedure used against the
Jews by the Inquisition hundreds of years ago, is now being used against the
Israeli army by a far-Left organization. Both instances deserve the same
Sir, – Larry Derfner may believe that
Israel is best described as a colonial outpost.
To back this up, he
relies principally on Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Breaking the
Unfortunately, both, as well as their evidence, are
HRW founder Robert Bernstein, a world expert on human rights,
recently performed an in-depth analysis of HRW vis-à-vis Israel.
conclusions were devastating: After resigning as the group’s chairman, HRW was
hijacked by people who in many cases had a personal animus toward Israel. These
people then used flawed methodology to attack Israel and its record on human
rights. Bernstein concluded by praising Israel as one of the few democracies in
the Middle East.
The situation regarding Breaking the Silence is no
better. None of the evidence was independently verified, and none of those
making the allegations identified themselves. In the absence of independent
evidence, I believe the only reasonable course of action is to exclude Breaking
the Silence from the record.
What then are we left with? Not much. And
nothing Robert Bernstein or anyone else says will make the slightest
difference.DR. H.B. MITCHELL
Mazkeret Batya Crack that dictionary
Whoever wrote the headline for Roi Maor’s op-ed piece (“There is no Hebrew word
for accountability,” December 22) apparently does not know that such a word
exists. It is achrayutiyut.
No one should blame the Hebrew language for
the fact that there is no accountability in Israel.FREDERICK REIN
York The ‘little’ victims
Sir, – “No joy for many Madoff victims, despite
settlement” (Business & Finance, December 22) does a good job describing the
losses of so many who voluntarily partook of Bernard Madoff’s scam, but totally
ignores the losses of those who depend on Jewish Federations and organizations,
and had nothing to do with Madoff.
The success of the scam depended on
greed. No one can successfully provide high returns year after year without
The poor people who depend on these organizations were not
greedy, yet they, too, ended up losers.HARVEY MATTHEW
Sir, – I am enthralled, and I am using that specific word to
describe Judy Montagu’s December 22 column (Messengers and their motives,” In My
Own Write). She deals with a topic that very few of us know much about, which is
what happens to the courageous men and women who dare speak out about
improprieties in government and private bodies.
The world seems to
delight in killing the messenger without realizing the problems with the
Montagu is not only a brilliant writer, but is extremely
sensitive to the paths of the people about whom she writes. She is worthy of
having her articles reprinted and sold to the public by The Jerusalem
Jerusalem Utmost importance
Sir, – I am dismayed.
There is one issue that should appear on every front page of
your newspaper, which instead you’ve given over to Middle East peace efforts,
flotillas and any and all local and world events that, in comparison, should be
relegated to the rubbish heap.
You must be responsible for bringing this
issue to the forefront of awareness among the Jewish people. You must remind
your government every day, even hounding it and demanding a response. You must
push this issue into every discussion with allies.
Iran must not be
allowed to obtain nuclear weapons! DAVID HOUGH