Lobbyists for strike
Sir, – Despite the developments surrounding Russia’s
proposal that Syria give up its chemical weapons, Israel is being forcefully
thrust into the eye of a brewing storm surrounding a congressional vote on an
American military strike (“Pro-Israel groups in the United States scramble to
save Syria strike resolution,” September 10).
Despite the fact that our
political and security officials have stated unequivocally that it is of vital
importance for Israel not to be involved in this bloodstained internecine
conflict, their wishes have been brazenly violated.
Both US President
Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have made public statements
declaring that one of the prime reasons for striking Syria is the defense of
This is an absolute falsehood, which ignores the fact that Israel
is not a party to this war, nor does it favor one ignoble side over the
Israel does not require or seek outside protection in this fight,
and the use of its name to gain congressional votes merely serves to drain any
real humanitarian content from what should be an authentic effort to end the
brutal slaughter of innocent civilians.
The European Union, the United
Nations and Russia have each declared their rejection of the Obama program,
thereby leaving the American president alone with only the pro-Israel lobbyists.
Since “limited” actions tend to grow into larger, even regional, conflagrations
– and even into world wars – the obvious villains will be Israel and the
Sir, – I have been following the story
that President Barack Obama is asking AIPAC to lobby Congress for going to war
with Syria. I also noticed your editorial “AIPAC and Syria” (September
I hold both American and Israeli citizenship. I am horrified to think
that AIPAC might throw its support behind Obama in what he is asking.
am also upset that Israel says it has information that Assad was behind the
August 21 chemical attack. Israel can’t have such information because Assad was
not behind it. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows this.
and Secretary of State John Kerry know this.
In any case, it could put us
in grave danger if the US pursues a military strike. No one should play roulette
using Israel. I hope this story disappears now.
Sir, – On September 10, you had an item headlined “Liberman warns that Israel
will topple Assad if he attacks.” Does this mean that if Assad does not attack
but continues to gas and murder his citizens he can remain in power? Similarly,
the world remains silent while 100,000 Syrians lose their lives, but when some
1,300 (as reported) lose their lives to a gas attack, all hell breaks loose. Is
it time for me to alter the definitions in my dictionary of the words
consistency and hypocrisy? ALAN SHLOMO KOOR
Petah Tikva Court too lenient
I do not understand the low sentence given the pedophile (“Top court increases
penalty for man’s sexual abuse of daughter,” September 10).
First it was
two years (and probably out in one), then 45 months for ruining his daughter’s
When this person leaves prison after serving half his sentence,
will he go back to his marital home and carry on the abuse, maybe with another
of his children or somebody else’s? Interestingly, on the same page was a story
headlined “Sudanese man gets 10 years for raping Filipina.” Does rape take
precedence over a father sexually abusing his daughter? Don’t get me wrong – the
rapist should get 10 years, if not more. But why didn’t the man who sexually
abused his daughter get a proper sentence? MARY SHERMAN Tel Aviv Defining ‘best’
Sir, – If the sum total of a man is his profession, then the premise in “What is
the best Jewish education?” (Comment & Features, September 10) might be
correct. But Jewish parents, even “my-son-the-doctor” mothers, know they are
raising a total human being, with values and a religion. They know they are
raising not just an individual, but a member of a Jewish community.
young people have an obligation not only to be the best lawyers and doctors they
can be, but to uphold Jewish values and perpetuate the religion.
members of an eternal Jewish nation.
Frankly, I don’t know of any Jewish
professional who was accepted to an Ivy League college but chose to study at
Yeshiva University and is starving.
Unfortunately, though, I do know
successful professionals who attended prestigious universities but have
forgotten their roots.
At the end of his days, the Harvard grad will
probably leave a tidy estate. The Yeshiva professional will leave behind a
traditional Jewish progeny in addition to his estate.SARA REINES
Sir, – Jacob Scharf’s attack on Yeshiva University ignores three
First, recent research has shown that the wage differential
between Ivy League school graduates and those of “lower tier” schools is not
worth the extra tuition of the so-called prestige schools.
graduate school applicants from Yeshiva University are rated higher than those
from other universities because they carried a double load during their
Finally, the religion-based questions asked by
college students are different from those asked by high school
Shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to obtain answers from
religious leaders trained to answer their questions rather than by “going to a
synagogue and buying some Jewish books?” DAVID FEIGENBAUM Netanya Sir, – Jacob
Scharf need not worry about having to turn down Harvard or Stanford in favor of
“lesser schools – like Yeshiva University.” If his college admissions essays are
as riddled with grammatical errors, unwarranted capitalizations and malapropisms
as this silly piece, such schools will reject him outright. It is unlikely that
even Yeshiva University would accept him.
Clearly, this self-described
yeshiva high school dropout is also clueless about the facts.
zero evidence that graduates of Yeshiva University (and I am no fan or advocate
of YU) face discrimination or hurdles when applying to elite professional
schools. In fact, it could well be that these graduates are relatively better
represented than the undergraduate alumni of these same
Sir, – Why does The Jerusalem Post
insist on publishing articles that are relevant only to those who live in the
United States or are from there? Jacob Scharf’s opinion piece is totally
irrelevant to Israel and to all Jews who don’t live in America.
that the status of Jerusalem is disputed by the US, but I didn’t realize
Washington had proposed annexing it as the 51st state.
CLARIFICATION David Newman, who wrote “A new year, a new chief rabbi”
(Borderline Views, September 4), wishes to note the following about British
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis: “As has since been pointed out to me, he received
his rabbinical education in Israel, at the Kerem Byavneh and Har Etzion
He is the first chief rabbi of the UK to be trained here. A
strong supporter of Israel, he proudly mentioned this point during his recent
installation address in London.”
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