Lies and fabrications
Sir, – “Obama estimates Iran is a ‘year or so’ away from
nuclear bomb if it decides to develop one” (March 15) quotes the US president as
saying with regard to Jonathan Pollard that he will “make sure that he [Pollard]
– like every other American who has been sentenced – is accorded the same kinds
of review and same examination of the equities that any other individual would
Obama added that his first obligation was to
uphold the laws of the United States and see to it that they are “applied
consistently. ...I have to make sure that every individual is treated fairly and
Regarding Pollard this, too, is a glaring falsehood.
can it be that Barack Obama makes public statements that are blatant
fabrications and no one is screaming liar? BELLE RUBIN Jerusalem Figure in
morals Sir, – Pinchas Landau’s percipient analysis (“The African enigma,” Global
Agenda, Business & Finance, March 15) explains why a continent endowed with
great natural and human resources does not look set to step out of the Dark
The continent’s material advance has repeatedly been blocked by
Surely, this failure is emblematic of a global failure
to advance. Thus, Landau need not stop at Africa.
Week after week his
column eloquently outlines the dynamics of global economic stagnation.
might add moral terms to his economic analyses. The moral failure that dogs
Africa dogs the developed world and impedes its resolution of even the most
basic economic problems.
The figures for physical, sexual or emotional
violence in Africa in both the domestic and wider civil arena are not that far
in advance of comparable violence in the developed world. In the eastern cape
region, 27 percent of men admit to being rapists. The developed world, of
course, does not reach such figures.
However, when also examined within
sub-populations rather than in terms of national risk rates, pockets of sexual
violence can be just as readily identified.
The fall of Dominique
Strauss- Kahn, for example, was surely representative of comparable regressive
processes in the system that gave him nurturing and support. The same applies to
Oscar Pistorius. His fall in South Africa is emblematic of a fictional divide
between the developed and non-developed world. Both are equally bemired in at
best a moral vacuum, and at worst a moral waste bin.
Vradim Views of peace
Sir, – The Observations section of the March 15 Jerusalem
Post was full of articles about the “two-state solution”: French Ambassador
Christophe Bigot’s “In pursuit of peace: The view from Paris” (in favor),
columnist Sarah Honig’s “Out of the box, Obama” (against) and Im Tirtzu founder
Ronen Shoval’s “A real solution to the conflict” saying it has all been an
With all due respect, the ones who really got it
right were the Greeks with their wooden horse subterfuge, which enabled them to
Even the most fervent Zionists (or Jews) should not wish the
Arab “Palestinians” harm. However, we would ignore their real role at our peril.
That hapless populace is not truly viewed today by the Islamic world as a
“nation-in-waiting,” but as its potential Trojan horse to serve as the narrow
entering wedge for nothing less than the elimination of the “cancerous” Zionist
entity in its midst.
Sir, – French Ambassador
Christophe Bigot is wrong when he says the solution for peace is known and that
only the details remain to worked out. Ronen Shoval has it right.
Palestinian state, regardless of borders, won’t bring peace.
of European countries indicate that their goal is not peace but a Palestinian
state with the borders they decide are appropriate.
These countries do
not wish to address the huge problem of Islamic fundamentalism and the terror it
produces (at least with regard to Israel and the Palestinians).
their advice and socalled work for peace lead exactly in the opposite
Treating a symptom and not a disease often makes the disease
DAVID LLOYD KLEPPER
Sir, – I suggest that The Jerusalem
run a contest and offer a prize to the first reporter who can name one
action (not a statement or an agreement, which is never kept) that the
Palestinians have done to give Israel confidence that they want to live in
peace. Until that happens we should grant absolutely no more concessions or
so-called confidence-building measures.
It is now time for the
Palestinians to come forward with confidence- building measures, and this should
emphatically be relayed to US President Barack Obama. If he comes up with such
an action, maybe the Post will give him the prize.
Jerusalem Ariel left out
Sir, – I protest the decision by the White House to
exclude those studying at Ariel University from attending the upcoming speech by
US President Barack Obama to Israeli university students (“Ariel students
protest their exclusion from Obama speech,” March 14).
doors are open to Jews and Arabs. Its teachers do not incite or propagate
disinformation or misinformation.
From everything I have heard they are
committed to all the norms of truth and open inquiry in their classrooms. (I
would like to believe these norms are adhered to in other universities in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip.) Whatever term one uses to describe the land on which
Ariel University sits (West Bank, disputed territories, Judea and Samaria,
occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinian Authority, Palestine), the ban
excludes individuals on the basis of who they are, not what they do – a
recognized violation of human rights and an early warning of possibly worse to
Excluding Ariel University’s students is a dangerous first step
down the slippery slope of endorsing a Palestinian state that will be judenrein.
If the White House does not revoke this ban, it will be signaling to Israelis
and Palestinians that it is a complicit enabler to a judenrein state, thereby
kindling suspicions as to the seriousness of the administration’s commitment to
an agreement in keeping with core principles of respect, live-and-let-live and
tolerance for all.
In fact, were I a Palestinian hoping for a full
Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, I would be organizing petitions to revoke
this wrong-minded, witless ban given the unsettling message it telegraphs to
President Obama, revoke the disgraceful and ethically flawed
decision to ban students from Ariel University from participating in the meeting
you will be holding with Israel’s university students.
ELIHU D. RICHTER
Jerusalem The writer is a professor at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of
Public Heath and Community Medicine Unhealthy sign
Sir, – With regard to
“Argentina’s Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis I,” March 14), I thought it was
sad that the conclusion of each round of voting for a pope was indicated by
pollution: black smoke or white smoke. They could have chosen the ringing of
Hopefully, this pope will choose a healthier
Jerusalem CORRECTION The photo appearing in “Israeli
lawyer goes after Abbas, Hamas at ICC” (March 15) was of attorney Mordechai
Tzivin, and not as stated.