Sir, – In his analysis “The Syrian deal: More bad than good for
Israel” (September 11), Herb Keinon seems to have overlooked a very positive
outcome for the whole fiasco regarding a response to the use of chemical weapons
in Syria: In the foreseeable future no sane person can expect Israel to come
down from the Golan Heights and turn the territory over to the madman Bashar
Assad, even in the framework of a so-called peace agreement.
practical purposes, the Syrian leader has lost the Golan forever. No Israeli
government would dare talk to him about bringing his murderous regime closer to
the heart of our country.
Now would be the perfect time to sponsor
settlement of the Golan and preserve this part of our country for future
generations. We have a window of opportunity that should not be
Sir, – It is highly commendable of the United
States to be determined to protect the Syrian population against further
chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime. But who are the Americans to serve
as the moral apostles and conscience of mankind? They had no qualms about being
the first to use atomic weapons against an enemy in wartime. Nor did they show
any pity when using napalm in Vietnam during that country’s civil
Nowadays, the US and Russia are in a position to totally eradicate
smallpox by destroying their sizable stockpiles. Instead, they hide behind the
ludicrous excuse that they do not want to be the first people to deliberately
bring the extinction of a living species and wish to study their remaining
smallpox reserves for research purposes.
Against whom are these
stockpiles aimed? If America would temper its horror at other people’s war
crimes with remorse about its own, its case against Assad might be more
Tel Aviv Negative values
Sir, – Here are some facts
not mentioned in “Tensions rise in Jerusalem neighborhood over premises for
haredi kindergarten” (September 11):
• The Israel Scouts were given their
building in the Ramot 02 neighborhood by the municipality after they were driven
out of their original premises of 20 years in Ramot 01. The method used to drive
them out was arson – committed three times.
• A day before Rosh Hashana
the scouts’ building in Ramot 02 was broken into, their furniture and equipment
was thrown into the yard and a haredi kindergarten was set up without any
Where I come from this is called breaking and entering. Phone
calls ensued, reaching Mayor Nir Barkat, who ordered the haredim to evacuate the
The children need a kindergarten. We get
But the scouts also need a home – and right now this building is
their home! We live in a land of laws and protocol, not vandalism and anarchy.
If we allow such negative values to rule, what does it say about our society?
Jerusalem Protecting women
Sir, – I love Seth J. Frantzman’s
passionate, intelligent and trailblazing Terra Incognita columns. He shows that
exposing and analyzing deep societal ills can be refreshing, no matter how sad
the wrongs. An added bonus is that a bow tiewearing man consistently and
systematically speaks up for non-Caucasians, the socially weak and women (“The
preventable murder of Zahira Jijini and her daughters,” September 11).
hope that someone will pick up at least one of Frantzman’s many creative
suggestions for protecting women who need protection.MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN
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