Sir, – I read your lead headline from January 9 (“More than 10,000
African migrants bring ongoing protest to Knesset”) and was never more disgusted
by the actions of those responsible for leading our country.
asking why these people came to Israel despite having to risk murder, rape,
attacks and robbery while on the way, some of our leaders want to send them
home. The migrants do not think they will be better off with Hamas or the
Palestinian Authority or Jordan or Egypt, so use this fact. Fight our enemies
with everything available.
MICHAEL H. DAVIS
Sir, – The
catalyst for the recent protests by African refugees was the vote in the Knesset
that refugees without a visa could be detained for up to one year in an open
It is quite staggering that on such a significant piece of
legislation, which gives the government a draconian power, only 45 out of 120
MKs voted (30 in favor and 15 against), which means less than 38 percent of all
lawmakers. Five were attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South
Africa, but where were the others? Even more problematic was the decision by
Speaker Yuli Edelstein to ban representatives of the asylum-seeking community
from meeting with MKs inside the Knesset. This was something that would not
happen in any other parliamentary democracy and quite frankly was an attack on
the parliamentary rights of our legislators.
Edelstein behaved more like
the speaker in a Soviet parliament under Communism than a speaker of the only
true democracy in the Middle East. He should consider resigning his
Sir, – I strongly object to leaving the word
“illegal” out when describing migrants. These people snuck across the border
from Egypt. Why didn’t Egypt stop them? Who is funding their protests? They are
here illegally. An illegal person is always in danger of deportation! Why don’t
the illegal migrants send a representative and ask the UN to find them countries
that will take them in as refugees? BATYA KOENIGSBERG Jerusalem Sir, – Upon
starting to read “Save Darfur and Israel: A personal plea from an American Jew
in Israel” (Comment & Features, January 9), I said to myself, “Oh no,
another useful idiot.” I am glad to admit , however, that after completing the
reading I realized that this man was talking honestly from the depth of his
heart, the heart of a beautiful Jewish person, and I felt proud to belong to the
But he was, of course, wrong in light of the nature of the
problem we are facing. Flying on the wings of our humane Jewish values, Elliot
Vaisrub Glassenberg failed to address some basic points that we cannot afford to
overlook: • The needy of your town come first.
• A substantial proportion
of the infiltrators are Muslim.
• You can safely assume that some jihadi
sleeper cells managed to “infiltrate” the infiltrators.
• We already have
enough such cells.
• The survival of Israel is paramount.
Kiryat Motzkin Here’s the solution
Sir, – In light of Basel Bataineh’s
“Ignorance about Jordan” (Comment & Features, January 9), which sheds light
on the unstable position of King Abdullah II, it seems that Jordan might very
well be the solution to Israel’s two-state option after all.
It is clear
that Abdullah has consistently rejected the idea of incorporating Palestine into
the kingdom because it would threaten his regime. But Jordanian Palestinians as
well as Jordanian nationals share equally the injustices perpetrated upon them
by this farce of a royal family, which was anointed and has been perpetuated in
the hope of keeping peace in what otherwise would be a warring mess of
It could very well be that the kingdom has worn out its purpose
and is the answer to everyone’s problem by becoming a true democracy
incorporating Jordanians, Palestinians and, while we’re at it, maybe their
Muslim brethren from Sudan and Eritrea, who have suffered so greatly at the
hands of cruel leaders and now find themselves homeless and unwanted here in the
Jerusalem Open letter
Sir, – I am sure I am not
the only one to be more than annoyed reading Isi Leibler’s “An open letter to US
Secretary of State John Kerry” (Candidly Speaking, January 9). He whines away to
Kerry about our nonpeace partner, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas,
and has the gall to end by praying that somehow the secretary of state will be
able to realize the prophecy of Isaiah.
Come on, Isi. You know perfectly
well that even if the PA were prepared to recognize Israel as the Jewish state
there could be no secure and defensible borders for Israel with a Palestinian
state in the West Bank, wherever one puts its boundaries.
everything that Leibler put in his wasted words.
It is for us, Israel, to
promulgate how we see a long-term solution that meets the criteria of secure and
defensible borders, and not for Kerry to seek interim solutions.
state of mind that Leibler presents can only result in a disaster for Israel
that is totally avoidable.
Sir, – US Secretary of
State John Kerry is fast becoming a pain every week he is here. It seems
Israeli-Palestinian peace is his big obsession – at the expense of
We have to have faith that God is on our side. We don’t need
American friendship, as it is.
Now, with a high rise in anti-Semitism in
the US, it will encourage more aliya, which I believe is meant to
Sir, – Right on, Isi Leibler! From his mouth
to God’s ear and then to John Kerry’s. His closing words brought me to
TAMAR H. KAGAN
Jerusalem Hardly respected
Sir, – In “ADL protests
Chief Rabbinate’s rejection of the credentials of US Orthodox rabbis” (January
8), your reporter categorically states that Avi Weiss is a “respected Orthodox
rabbi....” I emphatically wish to differ.
Following Weiss’s ludicrous
shenanigans with respect to ordinations of women and their yeshivot, he crossed
not just an Orthodox red line but an entire four-lane religious highway. No
respectable Orthodox individual, to say nothing of a respected Orthodox rabbi,
would categorize Weiss with regard to his religiosity as either “respected” or
The fact is that in his extreme digressions from accepted
Orthodox rabbinical behavior, I am sure Weiss never consulted with or received
the approbation of any accepted Orthodox authorities.
I say: Go on Avi,
march at the head of the parade. But when you look back you will not see any
respected Orthodox followers.
Sir, – I commend
and agree with Shlomo Riskin’s letter to the Post about the Chief Rabbinate’s
attitude toward the credentials of American Orthodox rabbis (“Taken aback,”
January 7). I wrote to the office of Chief Rabbi David Lau last week expressing
Let us hope the country’s new chief rabbis will
objectively review faulted policies and bring us some change and moderation, and
begin to take into account the needs and outlooks of the various citizens of
Israel. It is the call of the hour as far as the Israeli rabbinate is