Sir, – Dennis Ross recommending that it is in Israel’s
strategic interest to apologize to Turkey (“Time to shift gears in negotiations
with Iran, Dennis Ross tells ‘Post,’” June 21) is like suggesting that a shop
owner apologize to the crook he caught trying to break into his store.
is difficult to believe that any fair-minded, sane individual thinks a country
protecting its borders needs to say, “Oh, excuse us for trying to enforce
accepted international laws of illegal entry into our country.”
US do this when illegals attempt to enter? No. The illegals are rounded up,
imprisoned or sent back to their homeland.
Why should Israel be held to
Sir, – With
regard to “Motorists beware: Road improvements form Sha’ar Hagai to capital
slated to start soon” (June 21), the term “improvements” is a
The cause of the back-up of traffic from Sha’ar Hagai to
Jerusalem is the bottleneck at the entrance to the city. Increasing the number
of lanes from two to three will only decrease the length of the queue, not the
length of time it will take to get into the city.
It would be better to
build a system of fly-overs and underpasses at the entrance. This would also not
alter the present exits and entrances to Mevaseret Zion and the entire Mateh
Sir, – Regarding “TAU
scientists lead discovery of new technique for detecting the universe’s first
stars” (June 21), I admire the work carried out by the
However, wouldn’t the time, effort and money be better spent
on helping mankind through new medical scientific research? In other words, more
microscope and less telescope.
Cause and effect
– When considering issues of ethics, morality and human kindness, be it for
victims of the Gaza blockade or refugees (“Principle and pragmatism demand an
end to Gaza blockade,” Comment & Features, June 21), the most important
question, which is seldom or ever mentioned, is what caused the people to become
victims or refugees in the first place? If the answer is that people living in
certain areas attacked Israel with missiles, bombs or other aggressive actions,
they have no legitimate claim to being called victims or refugees.
are consequences to such actions.
In any defensive war there is both a
legal and moral justification to use collective punishment against an aggressor.
Perhaps the reason the sanctions against Gaza have not worked is not that they
are too severe, but that they are not severe enough.
Sir, – I would like to condemn unequivocally the
disgraceful arson attack and vandalism at the mosque in the village of Jaba near
Ramallah (“Israel, PA and US condemn ‘price-tag’ attack on Jaba mosque,” June
There is no justification whatsoever for the desecration of holy
places of any religion. However, if your reporter wants to describe this
vandalism as a “hate crime” carried out by right-wing Jewish extremists, then
consistency is called for and the arson and graffiti attacks carried out by
Palestinian vandals against Joseph’s Tomb and the repeated desecrations at the
Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem should also be described as hate
It should be stressed, too, that the frequent cases of vandalism
against mosques in recent times all follow the same pattern, yet the police have
not succeeded in finding and convicting a single perpetrator. Therefore, while
it is possible that the offenders are indeed Jewish extremists who are extremely
clever at covering up their tracks, the likelihood that this is some form of
provocation cannot entirely be ruled out. Unfortunately, there are enough
elements that are anxious to blacken the image of the settlers.
It is to
be hoped that the police will lay their hands on the offenders without further
delay so as to put these questions to rest.
Sir, – I read with bemusement “Author Alice Walker refuses to let
Israeli publishing house reprint ‘The Color Purple’” (June 20).
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an indictment of racism and sexism whose message
is that “love transforms and cruelty disfigures the human spirit.” The book was
created in the belief that literature has the power to change readers’ minds and
The Associated Press reported that Walker wrote, in her letter to
the Israeli publisher: “I would so like knowing my books are read by the people
of your country, especially by the young and by the brave Israeli activists
(Jewish and Palestinian) for justice and peace I have had the joy of working
beside. I am hopeful that one day, maybe soon, this may happen. But now is not
If the time is not now, but only after the transformation has
taken place in people’s hearts and minds, then what purpose does literature
serve? Surely, it is more important to reach an audience that is not already
If art has a significance beyond mere entertainment, then it
has to be ready, indeed eager, to go out into the real world and get its hands
dirty. A discussion between people who agree with each other is not a debate,
but an exercise in smugness.
Sir, – While Daniel Tauber (“Ulpana and the silencing of the Knesset,”
Comment & Features, June 20) correctly decries the Knesset’s dismal response
to the fiasco, the real responsibility for this spinelessness lies with Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
After first declaring he would not allow the
destruction of the homes, he inexorably decided to follow the folly of the
Supreme Court – although to be fair the court really had no choice, given the
The fact is that Bibi has no principles that are
not amenable to change, except self-preservation.
Anyone who thinks that
the houses he promised will actually be built are naive to the the point of
incredulity. Mark me, he will find some way to weasel out of his commitment, be
it foreign opposition, security concerns, “bad timing” or whatever, just as he
has for all the hard decisions regarding our rights in Jerusalem and the
Netanyahu talks a good fight, but that’s about it. At least our
Arab enemies say what they mean.
Sir, – We have
followed the controversy over Ulpana with increasing incredulity.
all parties to the controversy have acknowledged that there has as yet been no
judicial determination of the facts of the case. Legal title to the disputed
land has not been proven by either side. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court issued
an order that five buildings in the neighborhood must be destroyed by July
Between us, we practiced law for over 40 years in New York City before
moving to Israel, and we have a deep respect for that Western value, the “rule
All Israelis, whether on the Left or the Right, have to worry
when the highest court in the land becomes the chief agent of the subversion of
judicial process and the rule of law.
DIANA and ANDREW REINHARD