Sir, – Liat Collins writes in “Unhidden identities” (My Word,
November 8) that it should be “natural” for young Jews in England to defend the
State of Israel.
Of course, she is right. Sadly, though, the truth is
that we are living in unnatural times, when some Jewish leaders and educators in
the UK seem to prefer young Jews to be inspired by those actively engaged in the
delegitimization of the Jewish State rather than in its defense.
classic example is the annual Limmud Conference, where year after year eminent
Jewish and non-Jewish speakers are invited to bash Israel.LYNETTE ORDMAN
Netanya Legal shenanigans
Sir, – Kol hakavod to Caroline B. Glick for her survey
of our legal shenanigans (“The greatest threat to Israeli democracy,” Column
One, November 8). She is brilliant to have unraveled her argument as she
Oh, for the days of a Solomon, who just said “Cut him in half” and
so solved the altercations, lies and deceits.
We should be ashamed of
ourselves for doing and for allowing.
Some chosen people! JUNE LEVY
Netanya Conflicting reports
Sir, – Once again, Suha Arafat is back on board and
reveling in the limelight that has eluded her for some time (“Arafat was
poisoned with polonium, Swiss report conclude,” November 7). All this is thanks
to the generosity of European and other taxpayers who continually line the
coffers of the Palestinian Authority.
It seems the battle lines are drawn
between the two contenders, one whose findings were negative and the other
positive despite many inconsistencies and a lack of evidence.
nail in the coffin (excuse the pun) focuses on the corruption and ineptitude
within the Palestinian leadership, where suspicion regarding the presumed murder
of Arafat is manifesting itself.
Nevertheless, this population is
actively supported by a world that is impotent and dysfunctional vis a vis the
horrors of genocide manifested throughout Syria, the Middle East and Africa,
preferring instead to project attention on the malicious distortion of so-called
Palestinian suffering and on the enmity toward Israel.GISH TRUMAN
Pardesiya Important intervention
Sir, – We applaud your coverage of the
certification of the first Israeli cohort of spiritual care providers
(“Certification awarded to first ‘spiritual care provider’ group,” November
The process of standardizing this important profession in Israel will
assure us that those who are in fragile states of crisis will be offered a
much-needed dimension of support while being protected from those who could
attempt to exploit this vulnerability.
We at Life’s Door-Tishkofet (LDT)
proudly employ several of those who achieved certification last week and can
attest to the daily impact that this service has on offering hope for patients
and families facing life-threatening illness and loss. From Karmiel in the North
to Ashdod in the South, LDT’s community- based spiritual support teams of
professionals and volunteers are changing the way people face
Now that their certification has become official, we look
forward to the next step, when public funds are allocated for this important
intervention. It is not the responsibility solely of generous funders such as
UJANY and others to care for those in our midst.BEN and DVORA CORN
The writers are the founders of Life’s Door-Tishkofet Ethnic identity
Sir, – Thanks go to The Jerusalem Post and correspondent Maya Shwayder for
“Former CIA director renews call for Pollard’s release” (November
James Woolsey suggests that President Barack Obama not be “hung up”
over the fact that Jonathan Pollard is an American Jew or Israeli, and to
pretend that he is a “South Korean or Filipino- American,” which was the
background of people who received lighter sentences for spying, “or an ally from
someplace else, and free him.”
Better still, Obama could pretend that
Pollard is a Muslim or Afro-American, in which case Pollard would unhesitatingly
be set free.LEONARD KAHN
Zichron Ya’acov Pathetic palaver
Sir, – The
pithy headline of Douglas Bloomfield’s p-heavy slam of the Saudis (“Petulant
potentates peeved at president,” Washington Watch, November 7) pathetically
afflicts us all with palsy and palpitations.
“Pissed-off potentates” and
“missiles up the keister” aren’t poetic or pleasant from this Washington pundit
despite his perspicaciousness. Why abandon the ad hominem principle for gutter
Americanese? ESTER ZEITLIN Jerusalem Doomed to failure Sir, – “Why large
projects fail” and “Jerusalem’s public squares are in trouble” (Comment &
Features, November 7) draw attention to the large-scale waste of public money
resulting from insufficient inquiry before big public projects are
The massive construction project on Route 1 at the approach to
Jerusalem is a case in point. In the absence of a second evaluation team (as
proposed in the first of these articles) to act as a devil’s advocate, I wish to
point out why this project will not achieve its central objective – reducing the
enormous backup of Jerusalem- bound traffic during the morning rush
Apparently, the designers did not realize a simple fact: The rate
at which a liquid pours out of a bottle depends primarily on the size of the
If Route 1 is made wider but nothing is changed at the
entrance to Jerusalem, the rate at which vehicles enter Jerusalem at the Bridge
of Strings will not improve despite the NIS2.5 billion spent. We have been told
nothing about intended changes at this location, nor have we seen any sign of
The obvious solution would be a comprehensive underpass
system, which would have an effect infinitely greater than widening Route 1 and
cost much less.
The scheme will also introduce routing difficulties for
motorists on their way via Route 1 to Mevaseret Zion, Motza or Beit Zayit. Today
they can reach their destination by turning off at the Motza interchange. When
this scheme is completed they will have to continue kilometers toward Tel Aviv
and then turn back, wasting time and fuel, and increasing air
Beit Zayit Where’s the beef?
Sir, – I was
disappointed to read “Report: Israeli health system among most unequal in OECD
countries” (November 6).
My first disappointment was the very idea that
our health system is not among the most progressive, as I had previously –
apparently naively – believed.
But mainly I missed reading information or
some reasoning about why this might be so.
We all know about the long
waiting lists and some remaining issues of protectzia in the health plans, as
well as comments about better treatment in private facilities. Nevertheless, I
always thought we were not only technically advanced, but among the nations
whose health services were the most egalitarian.
There was some reference
to “major health gaps” and some “hopes” for changes with more money, but what I
wanted to know was in what ways are our presumed broad coverage and relative
equality of treatment and great facilities actually deficient? How is it that
inequalities exist? MOSHE KAPLAN