Dropped the ball
Sir, – I believe the July 4 Peanuts-like cartoon attacking the
so-called Obamacare law (Comment & Features) to be an unwarranted and
egregious interference in the American political experience. The
constitutionality of the law is by definition what the US Supreme Court says it
is, and not what political hacks and editorialists who do not have degrees in US
constitutional law have to say.
To top it off, where do we get the nerve
to pass judgment on a law that American “wing-nuts” decry as being “socialist?”
Has your cartoonist not availed himself of his own equitable and superior health
services, which are most decidedly socialist by any standards and would
therefore drive some Americans rabid with outrage? I have been less than happy
with the recent spate of political cartoons in the Post that comment on American
events having no direct relevance to Israel. I think this to be a serious error
on the part of your editorial staff.
The Americans are no less pleased
with our putative interference in their affairs than we are with what we
consider to be their interference in ours. We should also recall that we are
outgunned when it comes to payback.
Good grief, Charlie Brown! You’ve
dropped the ball again! TREVOR DAVIS
Asseret Brassy proposal
Sir, – With regard
to “IDF facility for top brass heads to east Jerusalem” (July 3), as someone who
grew up in the Diaspora (“what will the goyim think?”) I find our excessive
concern with world reaction repugnant.
For those in our midst who have
not shed their galut mentality, the proposed facility can be presented as
another gesture of good will to the PA by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,
touting it as a military college where Israelis and Palestinians can jointly
learn to fight terrorism and radical elements.
After this college is
built and the internal and external brouhaha has abated, it will be up to our
admissions committee to decide on which students to accept.SARA SMITH
Jerusalem Our very own
Sir, – The Hebrew press and, indeed, large parts of
Israel took immense pride in declaring Italian soccer superstar Mario Balotelli
to be “one of us” (“Foster son of Jewish mom leads Italy to Euro soccer title
match,” July 3).
Balotelli’s biological parents were economic migrants
from Ghana who had “infiltrated” into Italy illegally. The question has to be
asked: If Balotelli’s family had chosen as its destination Israel and not Italy,
would he be an Israeli citizen playing for Israel’s national team, or would we
miss out on such wonderful talent? Is there an Israeli Balotelli? I believe
there is. He can be found among the children of the Eritrean and Sudanese
refugees and the migrant workers. We just need a small change to our immigration
policies and the will to find him.ZE’EV PORTNER
Ramat Gan Join the
Sir, – I rubbed my eyes in disbelief upon reading “Head of Ponevitch
Yeshiva says standard of living in Israel is ‘miraculous’” (July
While I agree with Rabbi Gershon Edelstein’s every sentiment, I
wonder how such a great Torah scholar would not draw the logical conclusion to
his own statement.
It would be incumbent upon him to give thanks to the
Almighty for the State of Israel and its achievements.
Further, it would
be incumbent upon his students to take some role in the protection and welfare
of the state and its citizens.
I call upon Edelstein and his fellow
rabbis to look at the achievements of the state with an “honest eye” and
understand that it is precisely because of the “miracles” we witness daily that
their students must all contribute, whether through the IDF or National
Service.ALAN (SHLOMO) KOOR