Force the only way
Sir, – In your article “Jerusalem: US non-deadline policy
will put Iran at ease” (September 11), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
mistakenly believes that sanctions will bring Iran to good-faith negotiations.
Only a credible use of force will cause Iran to give up its nuclear
Israel does not have the luxury to wait for sanctions to work
because Iran is planning to destroy Israel. Sanctions have been ineffective in
deterring its nuclear ambitions, and Israel has reached its red
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sir, – America and the free
world are pretending to pin their hopes on sanctions in preventing Iran from
developing a nuclear bomb. At the same time they hope that Israel will
unilaterally take all actions on the table to try and stop Iran’s
If that happens they will all breathe a sigh of relief that, at
last, someone is doing something.
At the same time they will take the
opportunity to condemn Israel.
Everybody knows that Iran is progressing
toward its objective while laughing at the world’s feeble efforts to thwart it.
Its constant procrastination is allowing the West to pretend that sanctions are
In the same issue of the Post, contrary to the views expressed
by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Yukiya Amano, head of the
International Atomic Energy Agency and someone who knows what is going on,
expressed his frustration at the refusal of the Iranian government to cooperate
with the IAEA.
If the Iranians have nothing to hide, why are they
refusing to open their facilities for inspection?
– The correct way to deal with Iran is covert operations and secret diplomacy –
not on the front page of The Jerusalem Post.
People, both here and
abroad, are tired of hearing the same story day in, day out.
Any red line
with consequences is a state secret. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other
politicians should find other items for the upcoming elections, such as the
oft-promised change in the electoral process.
As the French saying goes,
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change, the more they
stay the same).
Mind your manners
Sir, – The
minority of Jordanians who would like to visit Israel are discouraged by the
rudeness of the Israelis they have to deal with when they apply for a visa or
arrive at the border (“Jordanians have a hard time finding Israel’s welcome
mat,” September 11).
This is not necessarily intentional, but may be an
example of the general lack of polite manners in Israeli society.
still taken aback when a stranger from some office calls me and addresses me by
my first name, like an old friend. I can imagine the effect on a Jordanian
businessman when some youngster from the Israeli consulate does that to
Here’s a novel suggestion that could do wonders to 1) improve the
impression Israel makes on the world, 2) help prepare young people to enter the
job market and 3) make life here more pleasant for all of us: How about lessons
in polite behavior at school? Once a week as part of citizenship class, for
This could include telephone manners, how to write a polite
letter and polite norms for dealing with the public in a business
Sir, – It is so
nice to see that the UK has its finger on the pulse of Israel’s political,
social and even educational situations (“UK condemns government decision to
upgrade Ariel University,” September 11). It is good to be proactive when you
see an injustice being perpetrated.
Just in case our friends in the UK
missed the news, however, children living within missile range of the Gaza Strip
were unable to start school on time this year due to indiscriminate salvos of
rockets. If the UK is so concerned about our educational system, let it condemn
these continued acts of aggression and terror as well.
We of the
civilized world await said condemnation.
ZE’EV M. SHANDALOV
Rules are rules
Sir, – Regarding “The court and the mikve” (Comment &
Features, September 11), the allocation of public funds to build and maintain
ritual baths is to serve the public in accordance with Talmudic law.
law dictates in great detail the various laws of spiritual immersion, including
the size of the mikve, the amount of water, and the many complex circumstances
that require or forbid a women’s immersion.
Plain and simple, there are
rules. These rules are governed by the rabbinical authorities and should have no
secular intervention regarding spiritual practice.
To suggest that this
is a violation of women’s rights limits one’s “Jewish life.” Granting access to
single women is inconsistent with Jewish law and tradition.
always on Saturday, notwithstanding how it is observed. It will always be on
Saturday. It can’t be moved.
These ritual baths are for married women.
Plain and simple.
Rules are rules.
A couple of years ago, two dear friends of mine (both divorced) were getting
The bride, R., an immigrant from the FSU who was not
halachically Jewish, had chosen to undergo a Reform conversion both for her and
her Israeli-born son. This had been a meaningful process for them, which
culminated in immersion in a mikve.
The issue now: finding a user-friendly
mikve that would not bar her as a non-Orthodox convert.
We turned to a
dear friend who was running the mikve in a small community. She wanted to
accommodate R. but was concerned that her authority might be revoked were the
rabbinical authorities to discover that she had allowed in a Reform
Sadly, the woman turned R. away.
I am sure that
there are more cases such as these, not to mention unmarried lesbian women in
committed relationships who want to immerse themselves in a mikve, unmarried
women who give birth and would like to use a mikve, and more.
If there is
nothing halachic preventing them from doing so, no one should be branding these
women as immoral or excluding them from what could otherwise be a positive
NAOMI BLOOM WURTMAN
Pleased and proud
Sir, – Kudos to Stuart E. Eizenstat for “A president’s badge of honor” (Comment
& Features, September 11). Although I have been, and am, a great believer in
US President Barack Obama’s fine record on Israel, I hadn’t realized just how
strongly he has backed Israel in every possible way.
I am pleased and
proud to understand just how much Obama has done for us despite all the
criticism he has received from Americans who should know better. They are led,
of course, by Republicans looking for a way to win an election.
Nowhere to write
Sir, – Your interesting feature on Marvin
Hamlisch, who died on August 6, and his friendship with Barbra Streisand (“The
way they were,” Arts & Entertainment, August 19), brings to mind his
association with another collaborator, the lyricist Carole Bayer Sager.
attended a rare London concert at Drury Lane given by Bayer Sager some 30 years
ago when she was heard to comment: “It’s always difficult writing with Marvin –
first you have to clear all the awards off the piano!”