May 27: A road better not traveled

By JERUSALEM POST READERS
May 27, 2010 06:23

An IDF with a "Goldstone" hangover would posit a massive loss of faith in our will to defend ourselves.




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A road better not traveled

Sir, – In declaring that "every other army in the world would have leveled the booby-trapped house in Jenin where 13 Jewish soldiers were killed in 2002," ("What failure? Whose failure?," May 26), Jonathan Rosenblum has perhaps unwittingly put his finger on the most dubious of Israeli moral values -- our willingness to risk precious young lives for a public relations gesture.

That mindset, now being manifested in the wholesale removal of checkpoints, roadblocks and other obstacles to terrorist violence in Judea and Samaria, appears to have established roots in the military echelons. Witnessing its further flowering  four years later in Lebanon II, it would not be surprising if Israelis were to begin questioning the alacrity with which it delivers its sons and grandsons into IDF combat units.

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We are being warned that the next war may be markedly asymmetrical in nature, involving the uprooting of terrorist enclaves in tight urban civilian areas. Beyond even the unconscionable sacrifice of hundreds of Israeli lives, an IDF with a "Goldstone" hangover, "tethered by field lawyers," would posit a massive loss of faith in our will to defend ourselves. We do not want to venture down that road.

WILLIAM MEHLMAN
Jerusalem

Where are the imams?

Sir, – Hamas threatens to harm Gilad Schalit if any of the extraordinarily benevolent privileges Israel grants to terrorist murderers in its jails are revoked (“Schalit will pay if prisoners get harsher conditions, Hamas warns,” May 26).

The world stands by, ready to rehabilitate Hamas so that it can trade with it. It will accept a Hamas-led Palestine. It will do anything to overlook Hamas’s immorality because its power is recognized.

The only thing that will affect Hamas is for the imams to courageously say it is not a Muslim, but a renegade, group.

THELMA SUSSWEIN
Jerusalem

Raise that bottom wage

Sir, – I must take exception to your editorial "Peretz's populist minimum wage bill” (May 26).

It makes no sense to turn to that bogeyman, "It will be bad for the economy,” Some 10 years ago, the minimum wage was raised and nothing terrible happened. Now it's time to do it again.

There is no excuse for 20 percent of the population, including many who have jobs, to live below the poverty line. Surely that should be a good reason to go ahead with Peretz's bill.

LEONARD ZURAKOV
Netanya

Take off the kid gloves

Sir, – I am unable to understand why a spy against Israel has been under house arrest (“Anat Kamm espionage trial begins in Tel Aviv,” May 25). Why is she not in jail? She purposely took sensitive information that would hurt her country. She passed it on to an Israeli reporter.

Her mother says Kamm was foolish and trusted the wrong people. Do me a favor. She knew exactly what she was doing.

There is Jonathan Pollard sitting in a US prison for life for passing non-sensitive information to Israel, and this person is being treated with kid gloves.

JUDY GOLDIN
Kiryat Ono

Accolades well deserved...


Sir, – My forthcoming book, In the Shadow of the Red Banner, points out that 500,000 Jews served in the Soviet army in World War II (“The taste of victory,” May 18). Forty percent gave their lives, and the numbers of generals, air force leaders and top medal recipients were way out of proportion to their numbers.

Yitzhak Arad
Jerusalem

... but not by everyone

Sir, – President Shimon Peres’s sycophantic praise heaped upon Russia during the celebration of its victory over Nazi Germany obscures the context obtaining prior to June 21, 1941, as exposed during the post-war Nuremberg trials.

Baron Ernst von Weizacker (Von Ribbentrop’s deputy) was a defense witness regarding the infamous Russo-Nazi pacts of August and September, 1939, which divided Poland. He confirmed Russia’s September demand for shifting the previously-agreed Polish demarcation line eastward – meaning, in effect, “take more Jews”!

This unpleasant and long-neglected fact clearly establishes Russian complicity in processes intended to exterminate Polish Jewry.

KARL HUTTENBAUER
Berlin

Why all the newsprint?

Sir, – Elvis Costello cancelled his Israeli concerts. So what? He's not the first and, I'm sure, not the last. But the Post’s reaction, with its many articles and columns, has been unbelievable.

The State of Israel has survived 62 years without Costello’s concerts, and I expect it will flourish for many millennia without them.

I am disappointed that your paper has devoted so much space to such a trivial incident.

ISRAEL ZUNDER
Ramat Hasharon

Sir, – So much media hype and news space has been given to Elvis Costello for cancelling his performances in Israel. He was invited to come. First he said yes, than he said no. He is entitled and he can obviously afford to cancel.

I wish this much hype and attention were given to the thousands and thousands of Jews throughout the world who never even think of visiting Israel.

At least Costello booked a ticket.

SETH CLYMAN
Jerusalem

It’s all so obvious

Sir, – I am deeply concerned about statements made after US envoy George Mitchell's recent “proximity” talks (“PM: There's no back and forth between Israel, Palestinians,” May 24).

Netanyahu denied the two sides were negotiating parameters for a land swap. His credibility continues to plummet as he crosses every one of his own red lines and continues with endless goodwill gestures to the PA, which rewards him with hatred and malevolence.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials expressed irritation at the Palestinians’ “endless chatter” about the content of the indirect talks, saying that if details are made public, “it will make things more difficult.” This really means, however, that it would lead to domestic opposition.

The next example goes to the core of what is really happening. "Diplomacy, like mushrooms, grows in the shade,” said an official, who pointed out that both the Camp David Accords and the Oslo Agreements had been negotiated with few leaks.

Has this set alarm bells ringing yet? For the sake of our continued existence in the Land of Israel as a Jewish nation, we must not continue to ignore the obvious.

YENTEL JACOBS
Netanya

Seeing things for what they are


Sir, – The art of combining reason, fact and commitment has always been the hallmark of Caroline Glick’s outstanding columns.

During these times of world-wide assaults on Israel’s legitimacy, “Making Israel’s Case” (May 14) drives home the point that the Israeli government has failed to lead in the justifiable struggle to combat the lies and hatreds. I would argue even further: The obfuscations and double messages emanating from the prime minister down to ambassadors in our foreign embassies contribute in no small fashion to the growing demands for divestments, boycotts, and alleged human rights violations.

We are sometimes our own worst enemies.

YITZCHAK BEN-SHMUEL
Modi’in

Clarification
Tuesday's Jerusalem Post headline "Barak: Labor will never leave Netanyahu coalition" did not accurately reflect the article, which correctly reported that the defense minister had only "hinted" that his party would not bring down the government.


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