Sir, – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, America’s dependable
lackey, never fails to come through. As the sub-headline states in “Plans for
24,000 settlement homes fuel tensions with US” (November 13), “Netanyahu
overrules Ariel and steps in to freeze plans for El, so as not to deflect world
attention from Iran.”
Why should our building in the Jewish sovereign
state deflect world opinion from Iran, which is threatening that very same
world? The fact that we live and breathe is enough to deflect world
We only encourage this attitude by our acceptance of threats and
humiliating demands – which no Arab country has ever been subjected to because
their rulers have too much pride and would immediately retaliate. Not so little
Israel, which has conveniently allowed its wings to be clipped.
Netanya Deep concern
Sir, – In “Plans for 24,000 settlement homes fuel
tensions with US,” the Post notes that these plans “fuel tensions” with a
“deeply concerned” America. Yet in a recent editorial (“Settlements aren’t the
problem,” November 1), you said the “idea that Jewish settlements are an
‘obstacle to peace’ is based on the morally repugnant premise...
very presence of Jews in these territories is an affront to the
Jews were never the affront. The affront is settlers
from an occupying state.
The Palestinians lost their seacoast. Now, their
last small inland enclave is being taken over. This is why they do not want
This is obvious to the world, including a deeply concerned
Cambridge, Massachusetts Vassal state
Sir, – In
reference to “US says world powers unified on Iran after nuke talks stall”
(November 13), Saudi Arabia has awakened from its dream in which the United
States was its best friend. Egypt has done the same. But the vassal State of
Israel has not, and once again its prime minister has yielded to the pressures
of the United States in the hope that Washington would allow it to do something
about Iranian threats.
The US is busy concocting an agreement with Iran
that would allow Tehran to continue to acquire nuclear weaponry as quickly as
possible. This would enable the US to say – in the short run – that it had
brought “peace in our time.” Of course, all hell will let loose when Barack
Obama leaves the White House.
Jerusalem Math at the
Sir, – With wry amusement, I noted that 700 participants in the North
American Jewish Federations’ General Assembly went to the Western Wall to
pontificate about the necessity for all people to be able to pray according to
their own new tradition (“Hundreds march to Robinson’s Arch during symbolic
conclusion to GA,” November 13).
Israel is a democratic country, and in
democratic countries, minorities concede that the majority has the final
Let us be magnanimous and say the Women of the Wall number 100 who
really are devout, while the rest are merely hangers-on out for a bit of fun and
to make political capital. So 100 members come to the Kotel 11 times a year (for
those not in the know, one does not put on tefillin on the New Year) for, say,
one hour, for a total of 1,100 prayer hours.
Let us contrast this with
the many hundreds of thousands who visit the Kotel throughout the 24 hours of
every day over the year, without making a fuss, blending in with each other
mostly for heartfelt reasons, peacefully and without being under the scrutiny of
police or TV cameras.
Their many millions of prayer hours far outweigh
the 1,100 hours of the Women of the Wall.
The GA participants went home
after telling Israelis where to get off. I wonder if they took the opportunity
while in the country to buy their wives a new set of tefillin for when they go
to their temples for Rosh Hodesh prayers.ISIDORE SOLOMONS
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