June 7: Best possible outcome?

Monday morning quarterbacking – hindsight – doesn’t consider the possibility that any other operation could have had worse results.

June 6, 2010 22:59
June 7: Best possible outcome?

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Best possible outcome?

Sir, – Describing the IDF flotilla confrontation as “botched” or a “fiasco” is presumptuous. Monday morning quarterbacking – hindsight – doesn’t consider the possibility that any other operation could have had worse results.

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For all we know, what happened was the best possible scenario.


Good PR (finally)

Sir, – The picture of an Israeli commando helping a smiling Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire disembark from the Rachel Corrie (Page 1, June 6) is worth a thousand press briefings and should be sent to all European countries, as well as Turkey.

    Kiryat Tivon

Context works wonders

Sir, – A young rabbinical student shared the following commentary on this past Shabbat’s Torah portion. The portion relates how the spies, sent by Moses to scout out the Land of Israel, were punished for the report most brought back.’

Our speaker raised the question: Didn’t they report accurately on what they saw? Absolutely! But that was their mistake. Instead of simply commenting on their visual images and accepting them at face value, they should first have determined the significance and meaning.

Most of the world judges Israel with standards that seem to apply to no one else. It really makes no difference what we do. Instead of immediately jumping to conclusions about the events surrounding the flotilla, it would have been more appropriate and fair for both government leaders around the world and the international media to first investigate the facts!


So does the right word

Sir, – The recent moves by the government of Israel have certainly made the country look very bad in the eyes of the world. For instance, a blockade is, in and of itself, by international law, an act of war. Why keep using the word? What’s wrong with “Coast Guard safety inspection?”

Further, intercepting vessels in international waters makes Israel look like an aggressor. And when you throw in comments from Likud party members, one could easily come to the conclusion that Israel is a racist country. I don’t believe that to be true, but clearly there is a perception problem here.

I’m not trying to criticize, just gently suggest that holding back on videos, having ultranationalist comments from country leaders bandied about for nationalism’s sake, and not calmly and consistently addressing basic issues make Israel, prima facie, look like a guilty aggressor.

I understand it lives in a tough neighborhood, but Israel is clearly losing the global public opinion poll.

    Los Angeles

Two more characters

Sir, – Eliezer Whartman (Letters, June 6) cites the behavior of two Yiddish idiots in regard to the Gaza flotilla affair, but astonishingly omits their inseparable blood-brothers, Tzitzer and Nudnik.

Tzitzer’s place is ably occupied by the world media and the UN, which stand by emitting the famous cry, Tut, Tut! As for Nudnik, who in the original Yiddish story is the idiot asking what kind of soup it was that the Schlemiel spilled in Schlemazel’s lap, whom might we nominate for the starring role? Our own media, the government’s information services?

Any suggestions?


Calling the kettle black

Sir, – Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan calls the flotilla incident “the bloody massacre that Israel carried out” and calls the deaths of nine thugs a “crime against humanity.”

What does he call the Turkish holocaust against the Armenian people just a little less than a century ago, resulting in the genocidal deaths of anything between one half and one and a half million people? No doubt, the more recent invasion and ethnic cleansing of Northern Cyprus is another of their “humanitarian” enterprises, and the hostile treatment of their Kurdish minority highlights their peace-loving commitment to universal human relations.


Sir, – Prime Minister Erdogan needs to be reminded that he is murdering Kurdish people both in Turkey and in other countries.

    Kiryat Ono

Who are the hypocrites?

Sir, – Frankly, I feel deep shame each time the Armenian genocide is mentioned in the backdrop of recent Turkish anti-Israel behavior. That event, which probably resembles the Holocaust more than any other historical period, deserves our recognition and public condemnation. Israel failed in the past to speak out because the Turks were our friends, and as we had so few, we could not afford to alienate them.

Only now, when it is convenient to remember the Armenian genocide, do we remember that the Turks are not so morally grounded. Contrast this with the Germans, who were forced by the world to face their deeds, allowing a new generation to emerge.

The Turkish people have been robbed of the opportunity to face their deeds and make changes. This is a travesty of justice for the perpetrators as well as the victims. How dare we complain about Holocaust denial but silently overlook the murder of one million innocent people.

Speaking out for truth and justice is always the right choice, even when it conflicts with political expedience. Israel needs to understand that its right to exist is granted not by fickle friends, but by God in heaven, and we need please only Him.


No, not really

Sir, – I suppose you are receiving hundreds of e-mails daily that express dismay at Israel’s inability to reverse the spiral of violence with the Palestinians. Seen from Britain, your government’s strategy appears bound to fuel more anger from Gaza and from across the world. The majority of the population in Gaza voted for the present administration... you have voted to behave as a rouge state. This is tragic.

Peace can only arise from justice, not from bullying an oppressed, desperate people.

    Exmouth, UK

The Letters Editor responds: Almost all the e-mails received by the Post in the past week that have been critical of Israel have found fault with the way it handled the flotilla interception and the resulting fallout, and not with its “inability to reverse the spiral of violence with the Palestinians.”

And in other news...

Sir, – While Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer may be trying to fix the real estate “bubble” by limiting mortgages to 60 percent of a home’s value, he completely ignores a major cause of the bubble – foreigners who buy a second home in Israel, and wealthy new immigrants who buy homes with cash (“Fischer putting squeeze on young couples while tycoons clean up,” June 4).

In popular cities such as Jerusalem, Ra’anana and other Sharon-area hot spots, high demand and people willing to pay any price are driving housing prices up. No cap on lending rates will change that.


Sir, – Why on earth aren’t people standing with posters outside the Yeshurun Synagogue and writing letters about the outrageous behavior of its board (“Synagogue shuts counseling center due to ‘immodesty,’” May 25).

You can bet the daughters and sons of those rabbis, who don’t want to look at the “immodestly dressed” girl soldiers, aren’t serving our country. How dare they kick out these young men and women who wanted a place for counseling and relaxing!

My daughter was a lone soldier before we came here; her flat mate was a lone soldier, and the program director was a lone soldier. They are working to make lone soldiers who came after them have an easier time.


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