Follow the rules...
Sir, – Regarding “Police probe two hit-and-run
accidents” (June 10), I recently met an Israeli hi-tech engineer who spent
several years working in Singapore, which has had great success in reducing road
accidents to a bare minimum.
Here are a few examples of how they solved
• Driving without a valid license or insurance – Long mandatory
prison sentences discourage this practice. According to media reports, over
200,000 such cases exist in Israel.
• Point system – Every driver is
given 15 points and for each traffic offense he loses a point. When a driver has
lost all 15 points his license is revoked for life.
• Pollution – The
government published a regulation requiring all vehicles to be tested by a
certain date and any defects attended to. On the proscribed date, checkpoints
were set up and any car found to be faulty was taken off the road and placed in
a large crushing machine standing by.
The news traveled
These are just a few creative regulations that would drastically
reduce our accident rate and return the discipline and respect for the law we
here so desperately lack. Imagine how many police officers would be released to
fight other crimes.DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono...but not the directions
Sir, – Readers may have been amused by a rather unorthodox driving technique
recommended in an oft-repeated advertisement in the Post for a certain
The suggested procedure is first to hit the accelerator,
thereby releasing 238 horsepower. The advice is then to look behind and view
seven seats. One is finally advised to enter the vehicle.
I wonder how
many potential drivers would pass their driving test while following this
unusual procedure.HAROLD LEWIN Jerusalem Stooping low
Sir, – Recently, I
came across a book titled The Forgotten Palestinians by Ilan Pappe. I could not
understand why in 2011, Yale University Press would publish a history of the
Palestinians in Israel by such a blatantly anti-Zionist, albeit Jewish, former
senior lecturer at the University of Haifa.
Then I read Caroline Glick’s
“Yale, Jews and double-standards” (Column One, June 10) on the university’s
decision to close down its Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of
Anti-Semitism (YIISA) after facing such a strong Arab backlash against the
August 2010 conference on this theme.
No doubt Glick’s observation that
“the subject of anti-Semitism is steeped in controversy” is correct, but still I
am convinced that Yale University Press would not have stooped so low as to
publish Pappe’s book were it not politically motivated to fulfill Arab wishes
and accommodate the Arab cause against Israel.LILY POLLIACK Jerusalem
The doctors’ plight
Sir, – My 40 years of experience in eye surgery at hospitals
in New York bears out Akiva Ehrlich’s plea for utilizing paramedical personnel
as a way of alleviating the shortage of Israeli doctors (“I blame the
physicians,” Comment & Features, June 9).
The lack of
anesthesiologists is projected to be especially acute.
Many of my
operations were performed with the help of competent nurse anesthetists. Since a
board-certified anesthesiologist was always seconds away from my operating room,
I never had to be concerned about my patients’ safety.
medical establishment must heed the advice that Jethro gave to Moses (Exodus
18:17-22) and learn to delegate.FRED GOTTLIEB Jerusalem The writer is a
Sir, – Akiva Ehrlich’s article about professional
boundaries in medicine missed an opportunity.
Instead of asking where the
boundaries of physician practice should be, and why, Ehrlich preferred a
self-serving and frankly unfair attack on doctors, including hapless residents
who are exhausted and underpaid. Blaming them for the failure of nurses to
expand their professional status is ridiculous.
The fact is that the
various add-on nursing professions that were mentioned are almost entirely the
product of the US medical system, where the cost-per-hour of a nursing staff is
far less than that of physicians. Here in Israel it is exactly the opposite, and
in fact the chief opponent of nursing advancement is not physicians but the
mandarins at the Treasury who know that physician time is cheap time.
best way to advance nurses is to advance physicians, not attack them. Ehrlich
has fallen into a time honored trap – divide and rule.ANTHONY LUDER
Safed The writer is head of pediatrics at Ziv Medical Center
Water and logic
Sir, – Regarding “Jordanian newspaper says Amman will purchase 10 million cubic
meters of Israeli water this summer” (June 7), we are constantly being told how
little water we have and how frugal the public must be, in addition to paying
exorbitant water rates. This plan to sell more water to Jordan is as crazy as
sending money to the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, which frees up their money
for terrorist activities.
Of course, Israel must always be politically
correct no matter what, so that at the end of the day it is we, the people, who
suffer the most, often tragically.EDITH OGNALL Netanya
Sir, – We have
been told all these years that there is a dreadful shortage of water in Israel
and that we must use extraordinary measures to save water. The government even
imposed a water tax. Moreover, we all look at the Kinneret and pray for rain
The fact that we sell water to Jordan makes us hope that the
Jordanians realize how good it is to have Israel as a neighbor.
that King Abdullah has been busy telling his people that Israel has done what no
other country has been willing to do for Jordan. If he keeps stressing the
neighborliness of Israel, perhaps the people of the Middle East will better
understand how we can ensure their vital needs and prosperity.TOBY
Sir, – I’d just like to say to anyone who seriously believes he
can follow the advice to “drink a large glass of water... before waking up each
morning” (“Hydrate your life!,” Sports Medicine, June 10): In your dreams!
YONATAN SILVER Jerusalem Get some culture
Sir, – I read the critique of Dame
Kiri Te Kanawa’s concert with mounting distaste (Classical review, Arts &
Entertainment, June 6). You devoted a mere 182 words to a living legend among
divas, and that is scandalous – particularly when you spent seven-eighths of the
page on an actor recently dead and long-forgotten, and on a jazz bassist whose
name escapes me.
Do you have an editorial policy that is anti-serious
music of the classical kind? MARK COHENRa’anana
Sir, – The Jerusalem Post’s
lack of coverage of the recent Rubinstein piano contest (except for some social
nonsense in Greer Fay Cashman’s Grapevine column) is
Every day we are greeted with sometimes full-page
articles on jazz, less on dance and theater, and very little on classical music.
I, for one, would have enjoyed knowing how many contestants came from all over
the world, what the requirements were for both the solo and orchestral
performances, who judged, who were the six finalists, what was their background,
and last but not least, an article on the winners.MIRIAM ROSENBLUM