Jews and Obama
Sir, – With regard to “Jews vastly prefer Obama to Romney,
according to new AJC-commissioned poll” (May 1), I wonder if the respondents
were introduced to the fact of President Barack Obama’s continuing cruel
punishment of Jonathan Pollard.
My presumption is that either this was
not presented in the questionnaire or US Jews are not concerned about Pollard,
the Israeli patriot – which would bring into question their commitment to
Sir, – I’m very pleased to learn that
American Jews still prefer the Democrats by a very large margin, and, to a
lesser extent, President Obama. Never mind – the number who prefer Obama over
Mitt Romney (or whoever will be the Republican nominee) is large enough to
ensure that the president will be returned for a second term.
who were wringing their hands about Jewish Americans flocking to the Republicans
can now rest assured that these Jews, and the rest of America’s voters, will
give their vote to Obama.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Netanya Rewriting history
– Benzion Netanyahu (“A symbol of fervent and uncompromising Zionism,” May 1)
refuted the claim by the leaders of the Spanish Inquisition (accepted for 500
years) that their “New Christian” victims were really crypto-Jews pretending to
He showed that they were in fact genuine Christians whose
distant Jewish ancestors had been given the alternative of baptism or death in
the terrible anti-Jewish violence of 1391.
The Inquisition wanted to lay
its hands on the New Christians’ wealth (as did many others who were envious of
them) and drummed up support by preaching that even after the baptism of a
Jewish ancestor, New Christian blood polluted the pure blood of Old Christians
(the doctrine of Limpieza de sangre).RUTH RIGBI
Sir, – While I am happy that Yael Cohen’s injuries were superficial
and wish her a speedy recovery from her traumatic ordeal (“Angry young bull
attacks kibbutz volunteer, but blunt horns save her” May 1), it is doubtful if
the animal’s attack was provoked by the red color of her T-shirt, as bulls are
thought to be color-blind. It was more likely a sudden movement that set it
The phrase “red rag to a bull” is an urban myth derived from the
bullfighting arena, where a red muleta – the short, red cape attached to a stick
the matador uses during the final stages of a bullfight – is traditionally red,
both to make the spectacle more flamboyant and to disguise the bloodstains from
the now-bleeding beast. The full cape used in the early stages to entice the
bull into charging is, in fact, pink on the outside and yellow
Bulls are rather like politicians – they will attack anything
they perceive as a threat, irrespective of color.GEOFFREY PREGER
Caesarea Don’t even apply
Sir, – Only in Israel can terrorists get payments from
the government when they are released from jail (“Bill halving NII benefits for
terrorists to be put to final vote,” May 1). Are we crazy? Where else in the
world do governments pay murderers or attempted murderers? The reason MK David
Rotem submitted the bill is because the Justice Ministry vetoed his original
proposal to eliminate the payments altogether.
The Left says the bill is
What constitution is it talking about? National
Insurance Institute benefits are for citizens, not terrorists.CHAIM
Ma’aleh Adumim Shut up already!
Sir, – In “Debating Diskin” (Editorial,
May 1), you write that former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin “has been remarkably
and aggressively outspoken.” This worries me because the head or former head of
a secret service knows a great deal of the secret side of government dealings,
and these matters are not for public discussion.
The British secret
services (MI5 and MI6) keep silent. Indeed, it was not until recently that even
the names of those in charge were known to the public. While a former head of
MI6 has written an autobiography, she gives no details whatsoever of the secrets
of the secret service.
I am very disappointed that Diskin is unable to
keep to himself all matters with which he was entrusted. Had he originally
wished to go into pubic life, then the Knesset was available. He chose to go
into the “secret” life and should honor his obligations.
may push his name into the headlines, but at the same time can so easily damage
the country.NEVILLE GOLDREIN
Jerusalem Tough noogies
Sir, – I find it
amusing that someone is complaining about the overload of “extreme rightwing”
articles in The Jerusalem Post
(“‘Post’ too right-wing,” Letters, May 1), since
just last week my cousin’s fiancee said she no longer read the Post
was “too left-wing.” And it must be noted that the Post
doesn’t give “grudging
(but not equal)” space to left-wing writers “once in a while,” for just off the
top of my head it runs on a regular basis columns by such avowed leftists as
David Newman, M.J. Rosenberg, Ray Hanania, Hirsh Goodman, Uri Savir, Jeff
Barak and Alon Ben-Meir, providing a fair and balanced contrast to the columns
of Caroline B. Glick, Sarah Honig, Barry Rubin, et al.
The same balanced
approach is also reflected in your excellent “both sides of the story”
editorials, and if the letter writer considers that type of writing “extreme
right-wing propaganda,” then all I can say is, Tough noogies! MENACHEM G.
Sir, – I don’t think your paper is right-wing at all. I
feel it’s balanced and open-minded.
Every other newspaper in this country
is so blatantly left-wing one can barely pick it up without getting nauseous! So
let the readers of those papers enjoy the rabble rousers and Israel bashing, and
may you keep up the good work! KYNA KAR
Jerusalem Poor Eustace
Congratulations to Steve Frank for a long-overdue exposure of the sad decline of
one of America’s exemplars of responsible journalism (“Goodbye to ‘The New
Yorker,’” Comment & Features, May 1 ).
As readers of The New Yorker
for over half a century, my wife and I looked forward to the weekly arrival of
the magazine, delighting in its clever cartoons and humor (remember James
Thurber?), and its suave notes on the local scene, and to being enlightened by
its incisive criticism and investigative reports.
But in recent years
under the misguided tutelage of David Remnick, our pleasure has too often been
transformed into a sensation of masochism as we confront the rants against
Israel and the unmitigated advocacy of an extreme-Left agenda that now fill its
I can imagine Eustace Tilley, the iconic emblem of The New Yorker
since its founding in 1925, shedding a tear as he peers through his monocle and
contemplates the lamentable state of his once-proud creation.JACK E.
Jerusalem Just imagine
Sir, – Regarding “PA denies it violates freedom
of expression” (April 30), officials of the Palestinian Authority are showing
their true colors.
The plague of the Palestinian Authority’s censorship
of websites that criticize it is a prime emblem of fascist and totalitarian
Repressive regimes live and breathe on a tissue of vicious
If the PA does this to its own people, just imagine the whoppers it
spins for the nation of Israel.YONATAN SILVERMAN