Sir, – Uri Savir (“September’s Spring,” Savir’s Corner,
July 22) says the call for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is
a “futile demand” and asks rhetorically: “Since when do we need Abbas’s hechsher
(stamp of approval) for being Jewish?” Two Post news articles appearing the same
day suggest the crucial importance of this demand.
According to “Poll:
Palestinians seek normalcy over statehood,” two-thirds of the respondents to a
recent survey conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip believe the real goal
should be to start with a two-state solution and then move to a single
Palestinian state. And “Palestinian unity talks to resume” reports that the PA
and Hamas have decided to renew their efforts to reach agreement over
implementation of their reconciliation accord.
While Palestinians must
not be allowed to define the exact character of a Jewish state, it is absolutely
essential that they accept the fact that Israel is and will continue to be the
homeland of the Jewish people. Failing that, the majority of Palestinians will
treat any peace deal as a temporary way station on the road toward Israel
becoming just another component of the Palestinian state.
rapprochement with an organization that proudly urges annihilation of the
“Zionist entity,” the PA leadership shows that it agrees with the majority of
Palestinians on this issue.
This is not a hypothetical hechsher with no
Rather, it is the bedrock on which any future
agreement between the two people must stand. Until the Palestinian people and
their leaders are willing to make this leap, the long-term viability of any
peace deal is doubtful.EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir, – Do I
understand correctly that Uri Savir, the current president of the Peres Center
for Peace, will be a permanent contributor to the op-ed page? Savir, who was
Shimon Peres’s director-general at the Foreign Ministry, is a professional peace
processor who, together with his lifelong patron, was an author of the
disastrous Oslo Accords. As such, he is a failed diplomat whose naïve policies
led directly to Yasser Arafat’s terror war, which brought unprecedented death
and suffering to Israeli civilians.
What sage insight could he possibly
provide to readers of The Jerusalem Post? Inviting Savir to pen a column on the
peace process would be akin to asking former chief of General Staff Dan Halutz
to write about defense strategy on the Lebanese border.
readers deserve better.REUVEN ELIAZ
Tel Aviv Do it yourself
Sir, – To
expect the Israeli government to do a great job of hasbara is highly optimistic
(“Amateur night,” Letters, July 22). The video put out by Deputy Foreign
Minister Danny Ayalon is about as much as one can expect, particularly since all
previous Israeli governments failed to establish valid Israeli claims over Judea
I would like to draw your readers’ attention to a private
initiative on Facebook. Like for Israel (www.facebook.com/likeforisrael) is a
new global Internet task force that aims to connect pro- Israel activists around
the globe from all walks of life, political circles and associations to
strengthen Israel’s online presence and battle its accelerating
There are already 48 groups within this one site
covering various global regions and languages.
If the Iranians and Arabs
can organize themselves through social media, so can we. Be proactive rather
than wait for the next anti-Israel offensive.
Sir, – Finally we are presented with facts that should be
directing Israeli policy.
In his well-thought-out “Giving terror
statehood” (Comment & Features, July 22), Adam Haskel presents us with
several undeniable facts, the principal one being that the Palestinian Authority
has lied to us at every opportunity.
As the PA claims that Israel is
“occupying” the West Bank, why don’t we truly behave like occupiers? We should
revamp the PA’s entire education system before the next school term begins, and
issue rules for the mass media that would impose heavy fines for anti-Semitism
in any form.
As our sages said: “Who will be for us if we are not for
ourselves?” CHAYIM SEIDEN
Jerusalem Innocent introduction
Sir, – So the Post has
a new column – A (Not So) Innocent Abroad.
In his virgin effort (“Please
allow me to introduce myself, July 22), Daniel K. Eisenbud states that he is
from New York City, unable to recite a single prayer in Hebrew, cringes whenever
he must step into a synagogue and “sports several prominent tattoos that make my
mother want to vomit.” But not to worry – he is “as Jewish as they
Okay, I’ll bite. Truth is Dan, you are as Jewish as they come if
your mother is Jewish. The real question is, will you be “Jewish as you go?”
That takes growth, effort and self-inspection.
Making aliya is a first
Being Jewish at heart is not the same as being Jewish in soul. So
Daniel (“Dan” to your friends), welcome to Israel! I am truly happy you are
here. I’ll be watching you (maybe).AVRAHAM SCHWARTZ
Jerusalem Sigh of
Sir, – Please, keep David Brinn writing about music and
He is the best for me, and for many people who can’t go to
these wonderful programs (“Simon wows Ramat Gan,” July 22).
I hope his
new job as managing editor of The Jerusalem Post doesn’t take him away from the
David Brinn responds: Rest assured,
Mr. Greenfield, that wild horses couldn’t keep me from continuing to write about
music.So why come?
Sir, – Am I the only one surprised/ disgusted/ticked
off about the attitude of aliya candidate Brian Schaefer (“The uphill battle,”
Comment & Features, July 20)? In his piece he states that “making aliya does
not necessarily mean I am committed to living here for the rest of my life....”
Exactly what does it mean, then? You want to try out life here? Come for a year.
But aliya? For no strong reason? For what? So you can suck off the Israeli
taxpayer while he/she subsidizes your living expenses and pays for all kinds of
tax breaks? So maybe you can see how it compares to life in southern California?
Give me a break. One comes on aliya from the West with the strongest possible
commitment to never return, except as a tourist. Otherwise, why come at all?
Jerusalem Don’t blame us
Sir, – In his July 20 column
(“Coalition seeks to discourage Christians from fleeing Middle East,” Yalla
Peace), Ray Hanania would like to hold Israel partially responsible for the
population decline of the region’s Christians, specifically for their
large-scale departure from the West Bank. But it is the Muslims under the
Palestinian Authority, not the Israelis, who have scared Christians out of
Bethlehem and Ramallah.
Inside the Green Line, where Israel does not
allow Islamic triumphalism to run wild, the Christian population has not
declined at all. In fact, according to Chart 2.2 in the Central Bureau of
Statistics’s 2010 Statistical Abstract of Israel, it has risen since the Oslo
Accords by tens of thousands.MARK L. LEVINSON