Hit them back...
Sir, – With regard to “Israel considering military
response to continuing barrage of Gaza rockets” (November 13), what has become
of Israel, the Sparta of the Middle East? King Leonidas, hero of Thermopylae,
must be spinning in his grave.
In the United States, if rockets and
mortar shells were raining down on southern Texas communities from northern
Mexico, the US Air Force would not be directed to pinpoint targets – its orders
would be to provide air cover for a massive infantry and armored ground invasion
of Mexican territory.
Has it come to the point where Israel is so
concerned about international diplomacy that it has to seek approval from abroad
before taking measures to protect it citizenry?MITCHELL RADOV
Sir, – It seems to me that anyone with a high school diploma would have
better ways to deal with Hamas than do our leaders.
I have a high school
diploma, so I’ll start.
What about destroying several gas stations in
Gaza after every day of rockets? If the rockets continue, not a gas station
would be left standing. And every other day our planes would destroy one of the
beautiful shopping malls there. (Of course, all this would be done at 2 a.m. to
avoid harming the innocent.) Other high school graduates are invited to help our
flabbergasted leaders.AVIGDOR BONCHEK
Sir, – The description
by President Shimon Peres of the dozens of rockets launched at Israel from Gaza
as “idiotic” (“In interview with ‘Post,’ Peres slams ‘idiotic shooting’ by Gazan
terrorists,” November 12) is an affront to our fellow citizens who live in
There is a purpose in the shooting – it is to destroy
Israel. Therefore, those who aim the rockets and those who support them
are our enemies.
Peres, who, for most of his life has been a sheltered
professional politician, evidently has not learned that in a conflict, peace
comes only after victory.RAPHAEL BEN-YOSEF
Ramat Gan...and when we do
Sir, – Sooner or later – probably sooner – the IDF will be forced to enter
The previous incursion was named Operation Cast Lead. Such
names as Cast Lead or Iron Fist are extremely harsh and bring to mind an attack
by brutal, tough, heavy-booted stormtroopers. Over the past few years the name
Cast Lead has been repeated tens of thousands of times on TV, radio, in
newspapers and magazines, and in the Goldstone Report.
I recommend that
the next incursion be named Stop the Rockets. This name is descriptive and the
exact purpose of the operation. Also, it sounds much more sympathetic and would
help gain the support of the civilized world. Imagine the beneficial effect to
us of operational names such as “Stop the Rockets” or “Protect our Children”
resonating in the world media.
I can only hope that the person
responsible for assigning code names to military operations will note this
letter.I. SRUL ZUNDER
Ramat HasharonWe’re busy, too
Sir, – Thomas L.
Friedman’s “My president is busy” (Comment & Features, November 12) is as
mean-spirited a column as I have read.
First, Barack Obama is my
president, just as he is to all American citizens, no matter where they live. He
is not the exclusive possession of Friedman.
Second, what makes Friedman
think he, more than its democratically elected parliamentarians, knows what is
best for Israel? Israel has many enemies and few friends. I stand proudly as one
of its defenders, whereas, judging from his column, it’s obvious that Friedman
stands among its enemies.
Israel is busy, too, Mr. Friedman.
it’s busy trying to survive while being constantly threatened by neighbors that
aim to destroy it.
America still believes (no matter who its president
is) in justice, freedom and democracy, just as the founding fathers
Therefore, America will stand by Israel, the only democracy in the
Middle East, as it has always done.MALKA MANDELBAUM
Thomas L. Friedman writes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
said he was willing to drop his demand for the right of Palestinian refugees to
return to Israel and goes on to blame Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for
scoffing at this. What Friedman did not write was that the day after, Abbas
backtracked and stated that he never said such a thing.
So who was scoffing? For
his journalistic dishonesty, Friedman deserves to be ignored by The Jerusalem
and any other publication that chooses honesty over deceit.JOSHUA
Sir, – In response to “Holon hospital
denounces home birth that almost killed baby” (November 9), the Israeli Movement
for Freedom of Choice at Childbirth says “enough” to the disrespect for women
and their ability to choose.
The article featured an unfounded critique
of home birth and choices made by parents.
The demagoguery of the
representatives of Wolfson Medical Center planted fear and might limit Israeli
parents’ freedom of choice.
According to the midwife’s report and the
parents, and in contradiction to the statements released by Wolfson, the baby
arrived at the hospital already breathing and in stable condition, and was
hospitalized for observation only.
We commend the hospital for its
effective continued care of the baby, but wonder why its director-general, Dr.
Yitzhak Berlovich, chose to define normal and effective care in birth as an
anomalous event in a way that encourages fear. We severely condemn the
persecution and “witchifying” of women who give birth at home, and of their
According to the Cochrane Collaboration, thought to be a most
reliable source and a partner of the World Health Organization: “All countries
should consider establishing home birth services with collaborative medical back
up and offer low-risk pregnant women information about the available evidence
and the possible choices” (“Planned hospital birth versus planned home birth,”
Olsen and Clausen, Cochrane Library, 2012).
International studies have
shown unequivocally that home births, attended by skilled midwives, are just as
safe and even healthier than hospital births.
Parents who choose home
birth reach that decision from a place of deep consideration and responsibility,
knowing it is possible make use of the medical system if there are signs it is
needed. Statistically, planned home births end just as safely and with fewer
cesarean sections and complications.
Cooperation and good communication
between hospital staff and home birth midwives are paramount for safety, and
therefore are vital to the welfare of babies and mothers.NIRIT SHAPIRA
Kfar VitkinThe writer is a founder of the Israeli Movement for Freedom of
Choice at Childbirth
.Full of shame
Sir, – Regarding “A time for courage and
action” by Caroline. B. Glick (Column One, November 9), instead of a word
of congratulations and good wishes for newly reelected US President Barack
Obama, who faces the daunting issues of his country, we are presented with a
supercilious, arrogant and insulting article of hate.
As a longstanding
subscriber to The Jerusalem Post
, I was ashamed to read it, and I am ashamed
that you thought it fit to print.ABE HURWITZ