Who’s to blame?
Sir, – While the prime minister should be lauded for his
parliamentary call to alleviate the high cost of housing (“Netanyahu calls on
all parties to help solve housing crisis,” July 19), it is unlikely that the
government will accomplish anything.
The Jerusalem Post has repeatedly
published serious and provocative financial commentary that has described in
painful detail how the Israeli consumer is overcharged for everything he buys,
overtaxed by the government and mercilessly abused by the banks. At the same
time, the average Israeli worker is underpaid and barely able to finish the
month with his head above water.
The Post’s economic experts have
diagnosed the cause and specifically stated that it is largely due to cartel
manipulation of bank charges, price-fixing, and crony capitalism by the two
major Israeli banks, Leumi and Hapoalim. Of course, they did not accomplish this
without the avid assistance of a compliant Israeli political class.
Israeli worker and consumer, I would like to hope that the housing and rental
crisis, following on the heels of the cottage cheese crisis, will force the
Knesset to take serious, effective and quick legal action to rein in Bank Leumi
and Bank Hapoalim immediately (although I am not optimistic).KENNETH
Sir, – Why wasn’t the housing crisis foreseen a couple of
years ago? It’s not new. Young people have had difficulty coming up with rent
money for a long time.
It didn’t start yesterday.
Ministry is still going ahead with some 335 units in the West Bank – as if their
need was so great they couldn’t wait.
There will be an explosion one day.
People, especially young ones, can’t and won’t go on living this way
Netanya Every right
Sir, – Caroline B. Glick
(“Israel’s only two options,” Our World, July 19) iterated what I have been
saying since 1967. Having won a defensive war against intractable enemies who
throughout these 43 years have not changed their chronic and persistent hatred
of the Jews, we have every moral, legal and military right to retain Judea and
Not one concession have our enemies been prepared to make, nor
have they recognized our historical connection with this land.
As for the
fear of reaction by the Western powers, we have always been labeled as
intransigent and uncompromising despite the unilateral and stupid withdrawals we
have made. Even today, despite the Arab refusal to even talk to us, the West
wants to impose boycotts on us and make some of our politicians persona non
Throughout all these years and despite the subtle and even open
anti-Semitism, Israel has prospered and become a bastion of success and
achievements in all fields – economic, scientific and military – and in all this
we have retained our morality and purity of arms.
In light of all this we
should implement what is right and good for us and disregard any
Sir, – Caroline B. Glick advocates
annexing Judea and Samaria, and for very convincing reasons. But she pussyfoots
around the issue of franchise for the Arab inhabitants. She skirts the subject
by saying that Israel must adopt a “direct, district” form of representation.
But that’s as far as she goes.
The conventional wisdom is that when you
annex a territory, you are compelled to grant franchise to the people who live
there. It’s called the doctrine of “one man, one vote.” In my memory, the United
States annexed Hawaii and Alaska, thereby granting franchise to everyone –
native Hawaiians and Eskimos included.
Assuming that the Arabs of Judea
and Samaria vote together, the Right would practically vanish from the
legislative map. It is also widely accepted that citizens have a right to visit
any part of their country, so what happens to our security fence? If Glick
rejects the conventional wisdom on this difficult issue, her readers are
entitled to learn why.LAURIN LEWIS
Jerusalem Serial pessimist
Sir, – For
the sake of honesty and accuracy, let’s set the record straight: Gershon Baskin
has not been an optimist since he started writing for The Jerusalem Post (“What
gives me hope,” Encountering Peace, July 19).
Baskin has consistently
predicted gloom and grief for every and all Israeli peace plan that failed to
conform to his myopic views.
The real optimists are those who remain true
to the Zionist dream and continue to build and create despite the hatred, terror
and death that have characterized the response to all our goodwill
Petah Tikva An ad too far
Sir, – I was alarmed to
see that The Jerusalem Post printed a large ad taken out by Yad L’Achim, the
so-called protectors of Jews against messianic and Christian believers (July 15,
Page 11). With the past record of such organizations (attacks and daily
persecution), how did you see fit for such an advert to be placed in your
newspaper? I am all for freedom of speech and the right to follow one’s chosen
religion, but this should apply to all citizens of Israel, and not to a select
band of selfappointed “protectors.”
I am so happy to be living in a
country were we tolerate all religious beliefs, regardless of
Shame on you! STEVE JOSEPH
Sir, – Having loved
visiting Israel many times in the past 30 years and enjoying the freedom of this
wonderful land, my wife and I are shocked by the hateful and misleading ad
regarding your Messianic population. They are some of your most faithful and
Would you print the same ad with “ultra-Orthodox”
substituted for “Messianic?” We are standing with and praying for Israel against
her enemies because of our faith in Yeshua the Messiah!ROBERT GRUNSKA
Sir, – The Yad L’Achim ad is hate-speech. In allowing it, The Jerusalem
Post has started down a path that will inevitably lead to the open, legalized
murder of individuals deemed targets of the organization. It bears far too
similar a resemblance to Nazi propaganda of the 1930s.
Oy vey, indeed
Sir, – After reading three days of letters in The
Jerusalem Post, I was struck by how very similar they were to letters written
four and five years ago. I was amazed that the more things change, the more they
remain the same.
The Arabs surrounding Israel are still teaching their
children to hate Jews and Israelis. They don’t want peace with Israel – they
want Israel with all of its improvements and to get rid of all the
The corruption of Palestinian leaders is endemic and the
Western world sends them billions to perpetrate their corruption while
continuing to criticize and demean Israel, the only democracy in the Middle
My conclusion to all this is oy vey! SONIA GOLDSMITH
Far-Left French politician Olivier Besancenot was not aboard the
French-flagged Dignity when it was intercepted by the navy, as was reported by
the Post on July 20. Besancenot did sail with the yacht from France to Greece
with the intention of taking part in the flotilla, but went back to France after
Greek authorities decided to keep the flotilla from setting
The photograph of Tzipi Livni, Romi Gorodski and
Smadar Rinot in the July 20 “Grapevine” was taken by Nimrod Abramov.