Honor thy father
Sir, – Thank you for Herb Keinon’s article, “Pops or the prime
minister” (Out There, October 9).
With so many (too many) stories of
children murdering their parents and cases of elder abuse, it is good to read
how children should fulfill the biblical commandment to honor one’s father and
Herb Keinon’s article should be required reading in every
family.MILTON H. POLIN
Jerusalem Autumn in the air
Sir, – Thank you,
Liat Collins for your wonderfully upbeat article on the Fall holiday season in
Israel (“An Israeli autumn,” My Word, October 9).
It is the unique aura
of the Jewish holidays here, regardless of whether one is religious, secular or
somewhere in between, that make living here in Israel so special.
and your loved ones have been inscribed and sealed for good year.HAIM M.
Ganei Tikva Don’t forget Hamas
Sir, – When the doctors finally ended
their strike everyone breathed a sigh of relief because they believed the
doctors’ union represented all of the doctors. We now find it necessary to
continue to negotiate with the resident doctors for the simple reason the union
was really not the true representatives of the residents.
Bandler writes, by ignoring Hamas, Israel may someday find itself in the
position of coming to a peace agreement with the PLO only to find out they must
start from that point and continue the negotiations with Hamas if they wish to
obtain the type of peace everyone really seeks (“Ignoring Hamas impedes peace,”
On my Mind, October 9).
If Israel and the PLO working together cannot
find a way to totally neutralize Hamas then not to include them in negotiations
is a folly no one can afford.PAUL BERMAN
Shoham Distressing comparisons
Sir, – You wrote (“Swastikas left at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus,” October 7) that
“right-wing politicians, settler leaders and activists... [noted that] the
incident did not illicit the same outrage as the Tuba Zanghariya
Is this surprising? If the vandals had burned down the tomb,
the two incidents would be comparable but they did not – this time.
the other hand, it is heartening that the spokesman of leftwing group Gush
Shalom, Adam Keller, should say: “Joseph’s Tomb at the heart of the city of
Nablus is a place sacred to Judaism, and the desire of religious Jews to visit
it is completely legitimate.”
Arab control is not likely to be a
guarantee if the record of the Jordanian occupation between 1948 and 1967 is a
Not recognizing this is, unfortunately, an example of the
ostrichlike wishful thinking all too common in such “peace loving” circles of
the left.MARTIN D. STERN
Sir, – I was greatly distressed by
the different treatment accorded in your newspaper on October 7 to a murderous
attack by Palestinians against Jews and to the desecration of a Jewish holy site
in comparison to your coverage of the arson attack on the mosque in Tuba
Zanghariya (“Jewish teen held for Galilee mosque arson”).
You placed the
mosque arson attack at the top of the front page with a large headline referring
to the arrest of a Jewish suspect.
Below this, in much smaller type, was
a headline referring to the arrest of two Palestinians who confessed to carrying
out what amounted to the murder of Asher Palmer and his infant son Jonathan (“2
Palestinians confess to throwing rock that killed father and son”).
then had to search the entire newspaper before finally finding, at the bottom of
page 19(!) an article about the desecration of Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus were
swastikas were scrawled on the walls.
Human life is more valuable than
any building, however holy, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim.
felt that the arrest of the suspect in the mosque arson case deserved prominent
front page coverage then so did the desecration of Joseph’s Tomb. It goes
without saying that the burning or desecration of a Jewish holy place, cemetery
or synagogue is just as disgraceful and worthy of condemnation as an attack
against a Christian or Muslim holy site.
Please rectify your
Jerusalem A regrettable past?
Sir, – Uri
Savir’s record as an initiator of the Oslo Accords should disqualify him from
ever giving political advice again (“It’s about peace,” Savir’s Corner, October
If there is one thing that 99 percent of Israelis wish they could do
over again, it’s Oslo. Before Oslo, our terrorist opponents were defeated and
their leaders safely quarantined in Algeria.
Ongoing negotiations were in
process with indigenous Palestinian leaders, which at best could have generated
a peace agreement with people we could live with, at worst could have prolonged
the status quo.
The Oslo Accords were the most disastrous move ever made
by any state against much weaker opponents: It revived a defeated Arafat to hero
status, thus teaching the Palestinians that they need never abandon their
objective of destroying Israel.
Savir’s article corroborates his status
as a political incompetent.
The crux of his article with regard to Israel
is that military expenditures are so high that nothing remains for so-called
Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel spends
infinitely more on a per capita basis than any other Western country, and has
succeeded in expanding its economy, and developing its resources.
peace would be nice, but the Oslo route – Israel gives and the PA takes – is a
We’ve been there and done that and it didn’t
work.STEPHEN S. COHEN
Sir, – Again and again Savir
teaches us about what we are to do to achieve peace. He talks about
soul-searching – of course he means “ours.”
Atonement according to our
sages consists of first recognizing a sin; second, admitting of having committed
it; and third, to promise not to do it again.
Savir should first
recognize, that HIS Oslo was a huge mistake, which heavily harmed the State of
Errare humanum est.
To admit an error seems to be
Jerusalem Posturing and punditry
Sir, – Nili
Ben-Gigi and Yisrael Medad are far too soft in their criticism of left-wing
journalists – and most are – who deviate from reportage and ex post facto
analysis into the realm of attempting to dictate outcomes (“Whatever happened to
that ‘diplomatic tsunami’?,” Comment & Features, October 6).
this is not journalism is beside the point, as is the empirical fact that such
punditry is mostly wrong yet rarely held accountable.
It is no
coincidence that rational, centrist thinking is more typical of the business,
political and military sectors while liberal/leftist thinking and knee-jerk
radicalism are more typical of artists, academics and journalists.
the former have the apparent decision-making power that comes with real wealth,
elected office or genuine command, the latter perceive themselves as weak and
ineffectual. At the same time they are highly intelligent, and resent their
sense of ultimate irrelevance. Hence their postures and posturings are the
predictable tantrums of those who need to be heard and crave respect.
this end, their only hope is by serving as contrarians and stirring the pot, if
this is what it takes to be noticed. Agreeing with the prevailing zeitgeist
would render them not only irrelevant but ignored.J.J. GROSS