Pillar in retrospect
Sir, – It is of no consequence that the entire Gaza Strip
was given to the Gazans on a silver platter for them to begin building a
peaceful country. It is of no consequence that they themselves rejected this,
and for seven years took to firing over 10,000 missiles at purely civilian
targets in a reign of terror. It is also of no consequence that more recently
they broke the cease fire that had been in place by firing additional rockets
with the aim of murdering innocent civilians.
Israel and the world may
feel sorrow for the forced death of innocents by their terror
But that is the government they chose. In no way should Israel
or the world feel any guilt; it lies with Hamas and its Iranian
Sir, – How could Egypt possibly be an
objective mediator when it facilities the supply of rockets to Hamas, indulges
in non-stop, virulent anti-Israel rhetoric, completely ignores missiles fired
from Gaza into Israel and refuses to mention the name of our state?
Sir, – Regarding “In new book, brother of Toulouse killer says
family’s anti-Semitism was reason for attacks” (November 12), this courageous
mea culpa constitutes the ultimate measure for decoding the intentions of the
Islamists in Cairo – a cabal afflicted with cultural anti-Semitism and
Jew-hatred, and foisting an unsustainable cease-fire upon Israel.
is the victim of indiscriminate assaults on its civilian population by an
appendage of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, ipso facto making this member of the
United Nations an accessory to crimes against humanity as well as a violator of
the UN Charter.KARL HUTTENBAUER
Sir, – Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu has only bought time. Surely, the cease-fire with Hamas will bring
upon us in the near future a repeat performance of hostile actions from the
barbaric entity occupying the Jewish land in Gaza. Only next time, woe unto us!
The conflict will be far worse and harder to bear.AVIGDOR BEN-DOV
Sir, – If our government could not deliver a final and decisive blow
to our sworn enemy and be responsible for its total and crushing defeat, our
upcoming elections may well see the government itself receive a total and
crushing defeat.DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Sir, – If we gave
knighthoods in our country, Mark Regev, the prime ministerial spokesman, would
be at the top of my list.
His unstinting efforts at hasbara (public
diplomacy) over the eight days of fighting were unparalleled.
too, for all the superb native English speakers who graced the screens and
airwaves of the international television and radio media.HELEN ANISFELD
Tel Aviv Look who’s writing
Sir, – Without wishing to express approval or
disapproval of the sentiments expressed by Gilad Sharon (“A decisive conclusion
is necessary,” Comment & Features, November 19), I wish to express my
extreme resentment at the Post for publishing letters from people living 10,000
light years away from the nearest rockets, yet who preach morals to us regarding
Sharon’s comments (“Wrong to publish,” Letters, November 21) and other aspects
of the recent fighting (“Readers from abroad weigh in on Pillar of Defense,”
Letters, November 20).
The silence of these letter writers when over a
thousand rockets landed in Israel over the past year was
Before preaching to us they should spend a year living in
Sderot or another town southern Israel. They could run into their safe rooms in
the 15 seconds they have after a Red Alert, where they could practice huddling
with their children and perhaps with their invalid mothers. The Red Alert might
come in the middle of the night, or during the day, perhaps when they are in the
shower or bathroom. The rockets don’t wait.
When they send their children
to school in the morning, they wouldn’t know if they’ll come home on their
bicycles or on a stretcher. Perhaps they would never even see them alive
Doors remained open Sir, – In
“Israel’s hospitals continue to treat patients from Gaza” (November 19), The
Jerusalem Post published an important article providing a brief look at the
daily contact that continued between Israelis and Palestinians despite the
It is to Israel’s credit that we continue to provide medical
services to the population of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It is one of the
traditions that has always been a foundation in our religion, and due to this
practice the citizens of Gaza are granted access to these services.
suitable time, it would be an excellent idea to provide an expanded survey of
medical services that Israel provides to its neighbors, and indeed to the world.
Perhaps you could include the humanitarian project Save a Child’s Heart at the
Wolfson Medical Center, which has been carrying on routine weekly cardiac
clinics and cardiac surgery since 1996, providing these services to the people
of Gaza and the West Bank, as well as to other children who are here for
The writer is a board member of Save a
Child’s Heart Go tell them
Sir, – Gershon Baskin (“Are you worthy of my vote?,”
Encountering Peace, November 20), wonders who will lead our country. I do not
yet know who is worthy of my vote, but my overriding fear is that whoever is in
power here, there will be no one to talk with on the Palestinian
Baskin has to be realistic about the fearless leader of the
Palestinian Authority, who states for world consumption one thing and for
Palestinians something entirely different; who celebrates the martyrdom of
terrorists who murdered innocent women and children; whose schools teach little
children blatant lies; and whose own doctorate was one whopper of a lie that
denied the Holocaust.
Peace is a good thing. But Baskin’s efforts as a
peacemaker should be concentrated on the other side.NAOMI FEINSTEIN
Nordiya Sign the petition
Sir, – I would like to encourage the US citizens among
your readers to visit http://wh.gov/X0w0 (the section of the White House website
called “We the People,” which was set up for the sake of citizen petitions) and
sign the petition in favor of freeing Jonathan Pollard. The White House promises
a considered response to any petition that quickly enough reaches 50,000
The petition says: “Jonathan Pollard remains a victim of
cruel and unusual punishment for passing intelligence information to Israel –
information he (and many others) believed was being withheld in violation of a
signed agreement between the countries.
He has already served far longer
than many who spied for enemies. At one time it was believed that, as an
amateur, he inadvertently let information slip out to the USSR. Years ago, that
information turned out to have been supplied by other spies. There are other
rumors of further aspects to Pollard’s guilt, but because the USA preferred to
tempt Pollard with a plea bargain (which it found a pretext to break) for him
and his ailing wife, there was never a proper trial to determine the facts. He
should not be punished for what he was never even accused of.”MARK L.