September 10: Nothing unique
News flash: Every developed country has a problem, acknowledged or unacknowledged, with illegal immigrants.
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Sir, – The Post editorializes that “Israel will be held
responsible” for the fate of infiltrators failing to gain entry (“Border woes,”
Editorial, September 7) and says the international media won’t explain our
“tremendous demographic challenges” to the public, which would presumably
mollify world opinion toward us.
News flash: Every developed country has
a problem, acknowledged or unacknowledged, with illegal
America, the most significant country for Israel, has a huge
problem with illegal immigration and is doing its best to ignore it.
federal government has gone to the extreme of prosecuting states for trying to
protect their borders after the federal government refused to do
Americans aren’t fixated on Israel’s policy toward illegal
immigrants. Neither is any other country or organization unless it has an axe to
grind against Israel in the first place.
To allow infiltrators entrance
to Israel just because they manage to reach the vicinity of the fence is
ridiculous. The onus is on Egypt to handle the problem.
Our priority must
be Israel’s well-being.
Stop the incessant harping on what the
international media say or do.
Sir, – With regard to “Iran for dummies” (Frontlines, September 7), an American
strategy is becoming more and more apparent – to permit the Iranians to develop
all the components of a nuclear weapon but not go so far as to assemble them.
The US will then rely on the threat of retaliatory measures to hold off
That is the meaning of loading up on seapower and missiles in
our area, a dangerous equilibrium.
Technically, the US can be said to be
preventing Iran from having a weapon. Whether this strategy is relayed
explicitly to the Iranians or remains implicit is immaterial. Both sides
recognize red lines.
Obviously, this is a very dangerous game. Any time
the US shows weakness or otherwise distracted, assembly can quickly be
commenced. Can Israel live with this quite untenable situation?
Sir, – In reference to Hirsh Goodman’s “On
responsibility” (PostScript, September 7), I wish to remark that: Someone has to
be responsible for the development of a young generation of religious and
nonreligious Zionists who willingly serve in the army and are ready to sacrifice
their lives for their country and its ideals.
Someone has to be
responsible for their ability to fight to defend their country, and then to
return as sensitive, serious and caring young people.
Someone has to be
responsible for providing an education that inculcates true Torah values in many
of these young people, whereby they live their lives and provide the strength of
a young nation finding its way in the world.
There are evidently forces
at work in Israel that are very positive and constructive, perhaps unique in the
world. I am afraid that Goodman has concentrated on a small, possibly deviate,
No first strike
Sir, – The
highly emotional but reckless “Israel must act against Iran” (Fundamentally
Freund, September 6) cannot be ignored.
We would have to fly over 3,000
kilometers of hostile terrain since Arab states would seize the opportunity to
unite with Iran and cause major losses among our aircraft. But what aircraft?
What super bombs? We have neither a limitless number of B-52s or 10-ton “daisy
An attack would cause other trauma. Missiles on densely
inhabited central Israel, rocket attacks from the North by Hezbollah and from
the South by Hamas. Business would come to a standstill, immigration would stop
and emigration would rise. The entire world might come to a complete economic
standstill, too, as Iran would close the Straits of Hormuz and the price of oil
would escalate to who knows where? Moreover, should a conflict last more than a
few weeks there is no Nixon to replenish our arsenal.
And what is to stop
a rogue Pakistan or North Korea from ultimately supplying a bomb to Iran? The
only way to deal with this menace is to have the most sophisticated and
up-to-date missile defense system. Then, if we are attacked, we should use
whatever those who advocate attack would employ and, most importantly, have the
support of the free world.
– I grew up in South Africa.
During the last years of Apartheid the
nationalist government, in an effort to make up for all the wrongs done to black
workers, passed the Labor Relations Act (LRA). Workers were no longer fired or
disciplined without extensive hearings or educational programs. Every firing and
disciplinary action was contested in a labor court. Many employers who fired
difficult and disruptive workers were forced to reinstate them with full back
Workers were emboldened and employers went into a state of shock.
The result was dramatic and immediate: New employment ceased
Employers went on a frenzy of automation and discontinued new
products that might require additional employment. A country that boasted half
the world’s gold, platinum, chrome, uranium, coal and diamonds, with world-class
universities and a sophisticated infrastructure, suddenly found itself with a 40
percent unemployment rate.
With regard to “Simhon: Enforcement of labor
laws will lift 100,000 families out of poverty” (Business & Finance,
September 7), I am sure that Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon
never personally created a single job that produced goods or services. If he had
he would see the difficulty of paying monthly wages, never mind all the other
requirements of employment in Israel, and would not be so quick to interfere in
the relationship between workers and employers.
No matter how many rights
you give a worker, a worker with no job has no rights at all.
Sir, – I am bothered that the word
“terrorism,” as used by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, to describe the
contemptible defacing of the monastery at Latrun, apparently by right-wing
zealots (“Latrun Monastery hit by ‘price tag’ attack,” September 5).
an act demands the strongest condemnation. The person or persons responsible for
this should receive a punishment that fits the crime. Having said this, however,
the deed, as despicable as it was, was not an act of terrorism; it was an act of
The difference between the two terms is vast. It is
wrong to conflate them.
It is true that there seems to be no consensus
over the definition of terrorism. “One person’s terrorist is another person’s
freedom fighter.” However, physical injury and murder have become the sine qua
non of this most extreme and illegitimate form of political
Nobody at Latrun was physically harmed. This clearly was not
the intent of the perpetrators.
Even blatant anti-Semitic slogans painted
on a synagogue or Jewish school should not be referred to as
We do ourselves a disservice by ratcheting up the rhetoric and
resorting to hyperbole. Let’s just catch the vandals and punish
The last Israeli to serve on the
UN’s Human Rights Committee was Prof. David Kretzmer, and not as stated in
“Israeli chosen for UN rights body” (News in Brief, September 7).