Not Lapid fans
Sir, – I was appalled to read that a new poll shows Yair Lapid
and his party winning the next election. The Jewish state would be destroyed.
Call his Yesh Atid (There’s a Future) party Ein Atid (There’s No
The younger generation, Lapid’s big voting base, has no idea
what it’s doing, no idea what’s right and what’s wrong.
It longs for a
completely secular country, preferably non-Jewish, a little America. It has no
idea what it means to have a Jewish state.
I long for a leader like
Menachem Begin. When asked what kind of prime minister he planned to be he
answered simply, “A good Jew.” Doesn’t anybody understand what that means
anymore? LAURIE BENTNER
Sir, – I was somewhat undecided when I entered
the voting booth in January. I really wanted fresh faces in the Knesset. I
started to reach for the ticket with Yair Lapid’s name on it, but some force
from above moved my hand to the right, kind of like the legend of Moses as a
I am so thankful today. Who needs a hate-monger for a leader? Why
doesn’t Lapid put an emphasis on mitzvot as a form of national service? No sin
in that. The haredim do mitzvot all year but don’t get the credit.
secular population should serve Judaism somehow, with a year of religious
studies as a requirement for an honorable army discharge. Ideally, the whole IDF
could be revamped along the lines of the “hesder” model, combining army and
Netanya Listen up
Sir, – Your editorial
“Listen to the people” (February 22) was right on the money.
frustrating to watch our prime minister twist himself into a pretzel in order to
avoid bringing into the coalition the parties the people enthusiastically chose.
His seeming determination to include those parties the editorial classified as
“clear losers” seems to reflect personal considerations rather than the good of
During the campaign I watched many friends declare with glee
that, although they wanted Binyamin Netanyahu to remain prime minister, they
would vote for Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi or Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid parties
in order to push for important fundamental changes. I was worried that if too
many Likud voters did that Bibi would lose. So even though the merger with
Yisrael Beytenu pushed the Likud farther to the right than I wanted, I
nevertheless played the “responsible adult” and with some reluctance voted for
At this point, if new elections become necessary, Netanyahu will
lose my vote and apparently that of many others.
The people have spoken
very clearly and responsibly. The prime minister should listen.DANIEL
Jerusalem Dual loyalties
Sir, – Dan Goldberg’s article “Prisoner X
affair raises charges of dual loyalty for Australian Jews” (Jewish World,
February 22) resonated with me as an oleh who spent most of his life in
The dual loyalty accusation is a hurtful and misleading
stereotype from which Jews have suffered in many countries.
A person can
have and live with many loyalties at one and the same time. As far as countries
are concerned, there are two main aspects – political loyalty and cultural
One can have a political involvement in one country and at the
same time a passionate cultural affinity to another. They don’t have to
Sir, – With regard to “Six new MKs to
renounce foreign citizenships” ( January 27), my wife and I made aliya in 2001
and we decided soon afterward to renounce the citizenships of our home countries
– my wife’s was Germany and mine was the US.
The reason was primarily
We recognized in the depth of our souls that we had come home,
and when we realized that there were some seven million Jews in Israel who in
difficult times would never have the option to leave and go some place safer and
easier to live, we decided we didn’t want to have that choice either. So we made
the choice before there was a choice to make.
Most likely there will come
a time when all those with dual citizenship will have to decide to which side
they ultimately will be loyal. Is there any competition? I renounced my US
citizenship with joy, as did my wife her German citizenship.
have only Israeli passports and, like any other Israeli, have to obtain visas to
be able to go to the US to visit our children.
My purpose in writing this
is to encourage others with dual citizenship to make the decision to become
Israeli to the exclusion of all other nationalities.
God chose a people,
then chose a home for that people. Show your loyalty to God by “undividing” your
Beit Nekofa Making the case
Sir, – Michael
Freund’s “Making the case for Judea and Samaria” (Fundamentally Freund, February
19) shows that making such a case for our presence in Judea and Samaria is clear
and just. But it is hard to understand his accusations as to why our diplomats
abroad have failed. My gut feeling is that our foreign service is made up of
people who are simply not doing their jobs and should be replaced by those who
believe in what they are doing.
Freund reports on our historical and
cultural rights but neglects one important item – the Levi Report, which clearly
lays out our legal claims to Judea and Samaria. My perusal of Israeli
newspapers, including The Jerusalem Post
, shows a lack of attention to this
Should it not be displayed around the world to those who are
confused about our legal history in the Land of Israel? MICHAEL TAL
Sir, – It is a disgrace that The Jerusalem Post continues to publish columns by
writers who refer to Israel’s “occupation” of the “West Bank,” specifically
Jonathan Rosen, who in “Netanyahu’s Palestinian predicament” (Inside Out,
February 14) mentioned Israel’s “occupation” of Judea and Samaria no fewer than
Does Rosen have any legal expertise or qualifications to say
with certainty that these areas are under “occupation?” Occupation is a legal
term under international law, defined in Article 42 of the 1907 Hague
Regulations, which occurs in wartime when the army of one country assumes
effective authority that it exercises over the territory of another
Furthermore, Article 43 of the regulations requires that the
country whose territory is being occupied to be “the legitimate power” or, in
the original French, pouvoir légal.
It is a well-established fact that
under international law Jordan was never the “legitimate or lawful power” over
Judea and Samaria. These areas were part of the Jewish national home; thus, no
“occupation” by Israel ever occurred in the 1967 Six Day War, in which Judea and
Samaria were legally restored to the Jewish people, as originally intended in
various documents of international law approved and ratified between 1919 and
Has Rosen never heard of the Levy Report, compiled by three
distinguished jurists who determined that no such occupation exists under
international law? Is he not aware of the 1920 Franco- British Boundary
Convention, which assigned the so-called “West Bank” to be part of the future
independent Jewish state? Is he not aware of the San Remo Resolution, which
assigned all of Mandated Palestine to the Jewish people, including the so-called
“West Bank?” HOWARD GRIEF
Jerusalem The writer is the author of The Legal
Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law