Sir, – The article “Diaspora Jews stand with Women of the Wall”
(October 23) quotes a police spokesman saying that Lesley Sachs and Rachel Cohen
Yeshurun were “shouting and screaming and wearing tallitot.”
thing correct in this statement is that the women were wearing tallitot. The
rest is a lie.
Neither Sachs nor Cohen Yeshurun or indeed any of the
women at the Kotel on Rosh Hodesh Heshvan (Wednesday, October 17) were shouting
Similarly, the statement by national police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld that Anat Hoffman was “shouting and causing a public disturbance, as
well as wearing a male-style tallit” is completely false.
In this case,
Rosenfeld is referring to the events which occurred on Tuesday evening October
16. Again there was no shouting from Anat Hoffman or anyone else in the women’s
section of the Kotel plaza. Hoffman was wearing a “Women of the Wall” tallit.
This tallit has been defined by the police as not a “male-style
This fact can be confirmed by all of the photographs taken as
Hoffman was escorted away from the Kotel by the police officers.
Call for reform
Sir, – All sorts of different people are
announcing that they are joining this or that political party with a view to
being our representatives in The Knesset and thus ruling over us (“Enfranchising
the electorate: Challenging the politicians to provide clear ideas and
evidence,” Comment and Features, October 23).
So far, I personally do not
know who to vote for because I do not know what each of these parties stand for
and what their policy would be on the important points that are crucial for the
future of Israel and its citizens.
What are the various parties attitude
to Judea and Samaria, to Iran, to the peace process, to the price of cottage
cheese? And what about education and the place of Zionism in it? So far we do
not know the platforms of Kadima, Likud, Labor, Meretz or Lapid’s new party.
People are announcing that they are joining or standing for different parties
without knowing anything about their policies.
Shall we vote for Mofaz or
Netanyahu or Lapid or Shelly or Livni or Tibi? We do not know.
the most important problem we face in Israel is what to do with a party which
says and promises one thing and proceeds to do the exact opposite when it wins
the election. It is easy to say “vote them out at the next election,” but in the
ensuing period they can do untold damage.
– The old way of handling the elections certainly will not do this year. Israel
is so beset with problems and the need for articulation as to how each party can
deal with them is more necessary than ever.
It is important to know the
differences between Labor, Yair Lapid`s new party, Kadima, etc. It is not only
the domestic agenda that is important this year, but it is very necessary to
know the plans each party has for defense, like how important the southern front
will be in their agenda.
How do they understand defense for our northern
borders Haifa, Safed, the Krayot and Nahariya? How do they plan to build up the
economy? Every candidate in the primaries of each party should distinguish his
platform so that people who have registered in the party will not blindly follow
their likeable candidates alone. Give the people knowledge to hopefully choose
wisely and perhaps we will emerge in the 65th year of Israel’s nationhood better
than ever with wise leadership and a very hopeful future.
Sir, – Once again, President Shimon Peres has found a way
to humiliate the people of Israel (“Veteran statesmen meet with Peres to discuss
‘imperiled’ two-state solution,” October 22).
And once again, Jimmy
Carter, one of the principals of the self-appointed and self-important committee
calling itself “The Elders” has been received at the highest level of government
These “Elders” – featuring Carter, Mary Robinson, Brian Patton –
and led by notorious Israel critic Desmond Tutu, seem to have organized
themselves principally to attack and slander Israel. Zionism means more than a
return to the country and establishing and developing national life. It means
living with self respect and not bowing in submissiveness to the leaders of
other nations – something which Peres has managed to accomplish all on his own
in our name.