Solutions for Gaza...
Sir, – Can anyone explain why our yellow-hued
government agreed to a cease-fire after a bombardment of more than 80 rockets
against the South (“Gazan terror groups hold their fire,” October 28)? It
doesn’t make sense at all.
It is way beyond time for serious action.
People are suffering.
The world is never going to give us permission, yet
we have to do it: Reclaim Gaza and get rid of the terrorists once and for
Sir, – We are fed up with the standard and pat
answers our government has to offer – more protective construction in the target
areas of Gaza’s rockets.
Notify the Hamas government that it has three
hours to evacuate its buildings and then use pinpoint bombs to destroy
That is the only way to bring the Palestinians to their
What does our government have in mind when Gaza’s rockets reach
Tel Aviv?NACHUM CHERNOFSKY
Bnei Brak...and for migrants
Sir, – I have two
questions raised by articles that appeared in the October 26 Jerusalem
With regard to “State to court: Stay out of migrants issue until a
final decision is made,” can you please tell me why there is no information
about the UN’s responsibility for these people?
Millions are being spent for
Syrian refugees and for 64 years on Palestinian non-refugees. Why can’t these
African people be housed in refugee camps instead of being rounded up and locked
As for “Bishops seeking to revive Catholicism are worried by Islam,”
has any thought been given to applying the same growth idea to our own religion
and people? Could not an approach be made to the Africans who might be willing
to learn about Judaism and cast their fate with ours?
This is certainly not an
eccentric idea, as the great diversity among Jews shows that there must have
been some serious proselytizing in the past. Why not now?IDA PLAUT
Sir, – Regarding your article “Dichter says earthquake could cost
Israel up to NIS 150 billion” (October 26), can our elected leaders really
overlook the fact that severe earthquakes have happened in places where
buildings were built or modified to withstand severe shaking, resulting in
minimal damage and loss of life?
Let’s spend some of the billions before the
next natural disaster and save lives.BARRY LYNN
EfratGive us the facts
Sir, – The intellectual potential of a nation depends in large part on the
quality of its universities, and that quality depends on the ability of
universities to maintain a delicate balance among academic freedom, academic
responsibility and academic excellence.
The crisis at Ben-Gurion
University of the Negev’s political science department, as described in “BGU
politics department threatens to take Council for Higher Education to court”
(October 25), is a case study in how not to deal with these important
Instead of presenting and analyzing relevant evidence on what
transpired, supporters and critics of the department are engaging in
obfuscation, name calling and saber rattling.
Presumably, the Council for
Higher Education, which is trying to resolve the crisis, has evidence that led
to its censure of the department. It is incumbent on the council to publish the
complete record of these findings and circulate them widely so that the public,
to which the universities are ultimately responsible, can penetrate the fog and
arrive at informed judgments in this matter, holding those who are in the wrong
to account.HARVEY LITHWICK
MeitarMeasure of mitzva
Sir, – I read with
interest “Saying goodbye to reserve duty” (Comment & Features, October 23),
in which Betsalel Steinhart quotes Rabbi Haim Sabato as saying of miluim: “It is
the biggest mitzva one can ever do.”
Yesterday I had the honor of meeting
a person who donated a kidney. I was humbled by the discussion with such a brave
hero, who was willing to save the life of a complete stranger by the removal of
an organ from his body with no materialistic gain whatsoever. The recipient,
suffering from renal failure, was being kept alive by dialysis and had been
praying for a miracle.
Sorry to disagree, but I personally consider
becoming an altruistic kidney donor to be the biggest mitzva one can ever
Beit ShemeshAn exaggeration
Sir, – Izhar Ashdot was
censored from performing on the IDF’s radio station (“No right to perform on
Army Radio,” Comment & Features, October 22).
But I’m more concerned
about the musician’s exaggerated description of Israeli soldiers as hating
My grandchildren and the thousands of other youngsters who are
serving in the army do not hate the Arabs. They despise having to defend their
country against unending hostility and threats. Despite the hatred and hostility
on the part of Arabs, despite the incitement and vilif cation that we all
encounter here in Israel, we do not hate them.
Virtually every Israeli
wishes and prays that we could live in peace, that the Arab incitement would end
and they, too, would realize the value of living peacefully with
My question to Ashdot is why he chose to accept Arab propaganda
and side with our enemies.
Where did he get the idea that it is our
hatred that is the cause of their enmity? For more than 64 years we have lived
under the constant threat of war and terrorism.
Do our soldiers in Judea,
Samaria and along our borders love the patrols they participate in, the
roadblocks they man? Does Ashdot really believe that our boys hate Arabs and
only want to kill them? Where did he get this distorted and exaggerated view?
Why does an Israeli singer take up the political struggle by siding with our
Petah TikvaBlind fools
Sir, – It is so sad that Josh
Scheinert (“Canada’s CIJA doesn’t speak for all of us,” Comment & Features,
October 22) cannot find a place for his “progressive” Zionism in the Center for
Israel and Jewish Affairs. Certainly, there are many, many organizations that
would love to have him as a member, like Peace Now, Not in My Name, Jewish Voice
for Peace and any number of pro-Israel, pro-peace organizations aimed at giving
us the “tough love” we need and the moral compass we are so obviously
It is even sadder for Scheinert that the majority of Canadian
Jews do not accept his progressive Zionism, blind fools that they are. Thank
God, they see more clearly than him and understand the true nature of our
so-called peace partners.YISRAEL GUTTMAN
JerusalemCheck your compass
Sir, – Recently, The Jerusalem Post
has been reporting that neighborhoods such
as Gilo and Pisgat Ze’ev are in “east Jerusalem.”
Anyone with a minimal
knowledge of the city knows that, relative to the center of town, Gilo is to the
southwest and Pisgat Ze’ev is due north. Neither could reasonably be described
as being to the east.
Let me suggest that in the interest of fair and
accurate reporting you describe neighborhood locations by their true geographic
descriptions.HAROLD E NEUSTADTER
(Central) JerusalemCORRECTION: The
Hebrew date of the death of the matriarch Rachel is Heshvan 11, and not as
stated in “Asking mama Rachel to intercede” (October 28).