No bias found
Sir, – As chairperson of the Knesset Special Committee for Foreign
Workers, I would like to comment on “NGO: Remove reports by biased former
Knesset researcher” (January 30).
As opposed to what was stated in the
elaborate article, Dr. Gilad Natan’s research was not found to be biased in any
way. On the contrary, it was checked by professionals who found it to be
impeccable and of the highest standards.
Furthermore, I can testify
personally as chairperson of the committee that made the most use of Natan’s
work, that he is an upstanding researcher, a true professional and a most
devoted and noble person.
His dismissal was an unjustified act that
affects the status of Knesset employees in general.
Aviv The writer is a member of Knesset
Came up short
Sir, – In his column
praising Binyamin Netanyahu (“Lead, Bibi, lead!,” Center Field, January 30), Gil
Troy found it necessary to plead with the prime minister.
show that Bibi was the shrewdest local politician Israel ever had. But as a true
leader he has come up short. He failed Israel in putting together a vision and a
workable plan for finding peace with the Palestinians, and did not have the
courage to stand up to the haredim when it came to a universal draft.
his coalition partners allow him to put together a huge coalition we will have a
do-nothing government that will only guaranty his survival.
absolutely convinced that the Likud was set back in the last election because of
Let’s hope that Lapid and Bennett, the two new, young
and dynamic party leaders, will serve as a background that induces our prime
minister to show his real leadership qualities.
So why, pray tell, did support for Binyamin Netanyahu drop so much, including
the loss of my own vote? The man is opportunistic and dishonest. Two recent
examples suffice: “We will build in E1! Um, okay, we won’t.” “No money for the
PA! Um, I changed my mind.”
My prediction? Watch the pledge to bring the
haredim and Arabs into Israeli society go down the tubes. The man is
Sir, – Bayit Yehudi leader
Naftali Bennett has struck a chord with me (“Bennett to push for Sundays off,”
News in Brief, January 28).
His idea should have wide acceptance among
As an Orthodox Jew I am pained to see people in Tel Aviv eat in
restaurants on Friday night, and the younger crowd going to bars and dance
halls. I can understand them, since Sunday is a work day. In Western countries
Saturday night is the big night for entertainment because Sunday is a day of
I am sure most secular Jews would also be happy with Sundays off.
Employers should give a choice to their employees to come to work half an hour
earlier and stay an hour longer Mondays through Thursdays in order to get
Sir, – I cannot refrain from
responding to “Bayit Yehudi’s Gimpel vows to keep serving country” (January
First, Gimpel was foolish to talk about the status of the Dome of
Don’t we have enough issues to contend with? Naftali Bennett
ought to think twice about Gimpel as an asset.
Second, isn’t it about
time people gave up the idea of building a Third Temple? Who needs it? History
has moved on. God is not to be found in a building, because “the whole earth is
filled with His glory.”
CORRECTION The article
“The good fight” in today’s Magazine should have included the information:
“Reprinted from Moynihan’s Moment by Gil Troy with permission from Oxford
University Press USA. Copyright © 2012 by Gil Troy.”