Sir, – Isi Leibler (“Netanyahu speaks for the vast
majority of Israelis,” Candidly Speaking, October 4) could also have pointed out
that – never mind US President Barack Obama’s poor track record on taking
decisive military action – America’s record of preventing rogue states from
obtaining nuclear weapons is hardly encouraging, whether this stems from a
failure of intelligence or political will.
North Korea and Pakistan
immediately come to mind. Indeed, had the US kept its eye on the
Pakistani nuclear ball, Iran might well have found it much, much harder to try
and develop its own capabilities.
Jerusalem ...and the Iran
Sir, – I started reading the letter “Freedom in theory” (October 3) about
Iran’s nuclear program and the writer’s trouble understanding the tactics used
by various nations to “push Iran into a corner.” Then I realized I must be
reading a letter by someone who lives outside of Israel – and possibly not even
on this planet.
The writer wanted the countries of the world to grant
Iran the freedom to do whatever it wanted – in terms of nuclear ambition, I
assume – as long as it respected its neighbors in not using the technology for
To use some cliches, as this woman was so wont to do, I can
only tell her that pleasantly taking a leap of faith and giving Iran the green
light to annihilate its neighbors and possibly the entire world would be like a
policeman handing over his gun to the carjacker and saying, “Go ahead, shoot me
before you take the car.” Or maybe it would be more like paraphrasing the old
cliche of locking the house after the robbers have stolen (in this case,
obliterated) your property.
Iran is not some child that can be placated
by asking it to play nice with its neighbors in the sandbox. It is a country
where the call of the ayatollahs is not for prayer but for jihad, and nothing is
going to get in their way, especially nice neighbors.
The letter writer
needs to come to this country and see for herself the end results of some of the
terrorist attacks that Israel has endured, including thousands of rockets
launched into our cities and against our people.
She needs to also see
firsthand the result of the terrorist attacks in her neighboring country, my
former homeland, the United States, that left 3,000 people dead and scores of
children with parents gone. The World Trade Center site is still a graveyard! I
only hope the writer really “shares Israel’s concerns” and, instead of seeing
Iran as a bullied nation, realizes that it is one bent on destruction and that
she, like many others, are in its sights.DEBRA FORMAN
Already before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s UN speech, a reader of the
Post wrote a decisive letter to the editor advocating against a strike on Iran
(“No first strike,” September 10). He showed how difficult a distant air attack
would be and highlighted the risks of a protracted war and ancillary problems
like Hezbollah and Hamas, an economic standstill, low immigration and high
emigration, and Pakistan or North Korea still supplying Iran with
Further, even if Israel could mount a successful attack, Iran
would eventually develop its own bombs on top of what Pakistan or North Korea
An Israeli attack would increase Iran’s militancy and resolve,
and raise the levels of regional militancy, danger, upheaval and extremism to
new heights – in which Israel would be the first target.
solution is diplomacy, to lower the political temperature, for example with a
return to the long-ignored Arab League peace plan, the Geneva plan or the
so-called Clinton parameters, which would isolate Iran and its
Israel simply doesn’t have the demographic, geographic or
military power to dismiss all peace plans, attack one of the largest countries
in the non- Western sphere, and take over the land of another people, the West
Power has its limits. Large countries like the US can get away with
occasional miscalculations, like in Vietnam. But such mistakes lead small
countries, as Thucydides recorded with regard to ancient Athens and its
“Sicilian expedition” during the Peloponnesian War, to existential
Cambridge, Massachusetts Cold turkey
There was a strike by Haaretz workers, and they threaten more such activity
(“‘Haaretz’ workers vote for one-day strike, canceling today’s newspaper,”
Where can Europeans, the hard Left and the other anti-
Zionists and Jew-haters now turn to find anti-Israel quotations by Israeli
nationals? How will they cope with this disaster? LESLIE PORTNOY
Sir, – In his column “UN Security Council Resolution: Two states for two
people” (Encountering Peace, October 3), Gershon Baskin recycles a proposal he
drafted in 2009 to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It appeared at
about the same time that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was
supposed to call for new elections, but never did.
Maybe Baskin could
tell us, if in fact Abbas has no mandate from his people, how he can negotiate
any kind of an agreement with Israel.
If the Bethlehem “peace” walk was
recently canceled because of threats by Palestinian activists who objected to
the presence of Israelis, then who’s really interested in his proposals? Baskin
mentions UN General Assembly Resolution 181, the famous Partition Plan of
November 29, 1947, but disingenuously omits the Arab world’s reaction to it, as
well as the ensuing war against Israel.
Is it any wonder his ideas to
resolve the conflict have not borne any fruit? MATTIAS ROTENBERG
Sir, – Poor old Gershon Baskin carries on, bashing out his timeworn cliches and
seemingly believing them. For instance, two states for two peoples, complete
with a pre-prepared UN resolution.
There is no need for another
resolution. There already is one providing for two states, and it is actually
much more generous to the Arabs. It is called Resolution 181. Perfect, no? The
Jews accepted it. One small problem, though – Baskin’s Arab friends rejected it
and have gone on rejecting it to this day.
They call it the
Nakba. Whoops! There goes his idea. But it was good while it
Rosh Pina Come to Jerusalem
Sir, – Jerusalem is the
essence of joy, and has been from biblical times. The city has been streaming
with visitors from both here and abroad. There have been so many happenings
during the intermediate days of the remarkable Succot festival that it is
difficult to pick out one or two, but I wish to cite the Israel Museum’s exhibit
of succot and a visit to the Old City.
The succa exhibit was unbelievable
in its variety and artistic ingenuity. I would suggest that next year there be
an international competition as well, giving out awards to participants from
The Old City of Jerusalem is almost too small to have
accommodated the many thousands of visitors that came. Just walking the streets
that were alive with history, just seeing so many members of the priestly caste
giving their age-old blessing to pilgrims, just seeing the many little museums
made one well aware of how necessary Jerusalem is in terms of the identity and
pride of a people whose history goes back thousands of years.
year truly be the year when millions of Jews and Christians make the pilgrimage
here a priority and experience the sanctity, reverence and unmitigated joy of
the blessings of this Holy Land and the city of God, Jerusalem.TOBY