Listen to us
Sir, – Regarding “IDF uncovers lengthy tunnel from Gaza – built
with Israeli concrete slabs” (October 14), the Palestinians got their way after
accusing Israel that no cement was allowed into Gaza.
Israel gave in
under world pressure.
Now we hear that 24,000 slabs of Israeli concrete
were used in the tunnel.
Wake up EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, and listen to Israel for a
Sir, – We told you so! In our September
23 letter (“Building in Gaza”) we pointed out how stupid it was to send 70
truckloads a day of building material into the Gaza Strip.
When will we
SHARONA and YAACOV BEN-AVRAHAM
Sir, – The fact that the
Palestinians constructed the tunnel using materials provided by Israel as a
humanitarian gesture is not surprising.
Years ago they made Kassam
rockets out of irrigation pipes donated by a Canadian Jewish
What is most upsetting about the current episode is that
the Palestinians are in a win-win situation: Were Israel to have denied them the
materials it would have been guilty for the collective punishment of an
No one in the rest of the enlightened world finds the
Palestinians’ actions a thing to condemn. There’s nothing like double standards
to give your enemy incentive.
Sir, – Reading about the murder of Sraya Ofer at his Jordan Valley home and the
aftermath (“Security forces arrest three Palestinians in slaying of Sraya Ofer,”
October 14), one wonders whether our government is releasing old murderers only
so new ones can be created (and then released, as well).
recommend that we end the releases, at least until the murders stop as
Joke of a bill
Sir, – The so-called Peri Bill on
the haredi draft (“Knesset to begin winter session with dramatic reforms,”
October 14) is a joke. It does nothing but extend haredi draft-dodging by
another four years, after which the state will have to get down on its knees to
beg the haredim to enlist.
This is a country of law. The law states that
all men and women, having reached the age of 18, must perform either military or
an alternative form of national service. To exempt an entire segment of the
population from these obligations is not only pure insanity, it could lead to
If the ultra-Orthodox refuse to serve, there will come a time
when secular people will refuse to serve, too. That means the creation of a
professional army, which would radically transform the social cohesion of the
The begging and pleading have to stop now! Haredim who refuse to
serve can go to prison, like those from the rest of the population who refuse to
Haredim are a much bigger danger to this country than Iran ever
Back to the drawing boards, MKs.
We are naked
Sir, – In “Egypt dismisses US aid cut” (October 13), an
Egyptian officer told Reuters: “There is a saying among us that ‘whoever is
covered by the Americans is in fact naked.’ Americans shift their positions
based on their interests and don’t have principles.”
I cannot disagree
with even one word. Our government would do well to internalize
Like the Egyptians, who do not go cap in hand yet are provided with
everything they need, if only we had the courage to speak out.
Kudos to Kavon
Sir, – I very much appreciate the pieces by Eli
Kavon, rabbi of Beth Ami Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida. They are learned,
informative, well-written and very relevant to an understanding of the current
situation in Israel.
His latest (“The medieval roots of the modern
Knesset,” Comment & Features, October 13) ought to be republished from time
Beauty of an IP
Sir, – Because the
Hadassah- Hebrew University Medical Center had a good idea but lacked the funds
to develop it, Nadav Kidron took over the IP and started a company, we are told
in the Reuters story “David and Goliath race to produce insulin pill” (Business
& Finance, October 13).
“IP” here would be “intellectual property,”
not “Internet Protocol address,” as an editor seems to have guessed. If Kidron
had taken over Hadassah’s Internet Protocol address, he might be receiving its
MARK L. LEVINSON
Sir, – Regarding
“They’ve come a long way” (Encountering Peace, October 10), Gershon Baskin never
ceases to amaze me.
He was almost lynched by his Palestinian allies. He
unsuccessfully begged Arafat to stop the intifada. He now writes that during the
intifada it seemed there were more people in the West Bank with guns than
Baskin expects us to give up our precious land to these people?
The only reason there is semilaw and order in Judea and Samaria is that God and
our wonderful soldiers are everywhere.
It is not because of the
Palestinian security forces.
NANCY CHERNOFSKY J
Let us vote! Sir,
– I first voted in New York City in 1950. Since then I have had the privilege of
voting in primary, local and national elections in three different US states,
and working the polls for the past several years as a resident of
But this string of electoral participation comes to an abrupt
halt this year.
Why? Because I made aliya! Although I am a citizen of
Israel I have been denied my right to vote in the forthcoming
My assigned voting site does not have handicapped
Israel does not have a mail-in or absentee ballot, as
other countries do. Such arrangements allow a handicapped person to vote at home
and either submit his or her ballot by mail or have it hand-delivered in a
sealed envelope to a polling station.
There are many security features
built into the system and it has been proven to work in other
Israel is a modern nation. Prove it! Move from the 19th
century into the 21st century. Let our people vote!
Sir, – I must complain about the media’s complete lack of
interest in the growing practice of retail stores quoting prices that require
making change with coins that are no longer legal tender.
I recently saw
an electronic device for sale in a pharmacy for the ridiculous price of NIS
499.99. I know that this is a copy of what is going on in Europe and the US,
where cashiers sit with a pile of pennies. But here, it is impossible to make
change of less than 10 agorot. Therefore, prices ending in 99 agorot are
fraudulent and as such should be discouraged (except in the case of goods sold
by weight or measure – but even here the final price must be in legal
In order to discourage this habit, allow me to suggest a tax of,
say, 20 agorot on each item that is fraudulently priced. This would be a welcome
addition to the Treasury – or, better still, it would stop this