Deal on Syria
Sir, – Not for a fleeting moment will any agreement on Syrian
chemical weapons be verifiable or seriously enforced (“US, Russia reach accord
to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons in 8 months,” September 15). Barack Obama
has effectively ceded every vestige of American international authority, power
and credibility that a US president ever could.
The positives for Israel,
providing the government has an acorn of courage, is that this country can now
steer its long, overdue course and realize its true independence.
means making it known that “peace talks” were always a lunatic’s option and that
Israel will act and do whatever it has to do to end the Iranian nuclear threat,
and there will be no more talk on this.
Sir, – To US
Secretary of State John Kerry I say: Be wary of Russian President Vladimir
Putin. Put him in his place! No buts! Do not err.
Sir, – The international community has given Syria’s Bashar Assad the
green light to murder using conventional weapons.
– I heard Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz singing praises for US
President Barack Obama’s diplomacy on Israel Radio. I could only think back to
words written about British prime minister Neville Chamberlain by The Times of
London in 1938, after the sellout to the Nazis: “No conqueror fresh from victory
on the field of battle has come back adorned with more noble
’Nuff said! REUVEN GENN
Sir, – What is the rush to
judgment about Syria? I ask because there are genuine ambiguities in regard to
who exactly was responsible for the chemical attacks.
Why would President
Bashar Assad use chemical weapons the day a UN inspection team got there, and on
a target that served absolutely no logistical purpose? These contradictions are
on top of the fact that Assad had been getting an upper hand in the battles
these past few months.
There are so many bad actors fighting Assad right
now that our intelligence services don’t even know for sure whether a false-flag
operation would be beyond their moral scruples. This would be a more likely
scenario than the attack having been an Assad operation controlled from the top
Let’s everybody calm down and find out what actually happened, and
then take it from there.JOSEPH JOHN HREVNACK
After reading “Syrian in Israeli hospital: ‘Most fighters know they will get
good care here’” (September 15 ), one might be tempted to nominate Israel for
the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize.
On second thought, with recipients having
included US President Barack Obama, the European Union and the late Yasser
Arafat, I would withdraw my nomination. The trinket has become so devalued that
it stands for nothing even remotely resembling an honor.
better than that.FRANK J. VAN BERS
More than bikes
Sir, – I don’t
know why you insist on printing a picture of children riding their bicycles on
Yom Kippur each year (“Toddler slips and dies in unlocked Bnei Brak ritual bath
on Yom Kippur,” September 15).
For a change, how about a picture of the
throngs of people going to their synagogues on Yom Kippur eve next year? There
is more to Yom Kippur than just children riding their bicycles.HANNAH
Threat or challenge?
Sir, – With regard to “On Facebook,
Lapid apologizes to God for not drafting haredim yet” (September 15), Finance
Minister Yair Lapid has (correctly) apologized for not fixing the high cost of
living. Let us all pray that he can work toward lowering the value added tax and
the price of new apartments.
Lapid is also on the money on the issue of
the media. (I would add to that the low level of morality in many of the TV
shows aired here; I stopped watching most Israeli-made shows and many American
ones because of the language and values, or lack thereof.) But let me get me
this straight – Lapid apologized to God for not having more people desecrate His
laws? He is determined to enable more Jews to defile Shabbat (with public
transportation) and marry outside Jewish law (therefore dividing the Jewish
people even more than they already are), and he tells God he intends to keep
trying? Does Lapid think God will accept such open rebellion, or is he
challenging God to stop him? BATYA BERLINGER
Sir, – The
part about the late Errol Flynn, the Australian-born film star (“Errol Flynn’s
final days chronicled in ‘The Last Robin Hood,’” Arts & Entertainment,
September 15), that The Jerusalem Post (surprisingly) did not publish is that he
was known for his anti-Semitic views.MALKA BOOK
Ashkelon Had Rabin lived
Sir, – Confused by grief in the wake of the Rabin assassination, much of the
Israeli public bought the idea that anyone speaking against a murder victim’s
policies was speaking in favor of murder. So the Oslo plan got something of a
free ride. Indeed, as Michael Freund recalls in “Will the architects of Oslo
finally repent?” (Fundamentally Freund, September 12), Shimon Peres afterward
was actually leading in the polls.
Before his assassination, Yitzhak
Rabin was already losing because the continual slaughter of Jews by terrorists
was well under way.
At one time Israel’s admired and beloved ambassador
to the US, he couldn’t even address the Association of Americans and Canadians
in Israel without being overwhelmed by indignant hecklers. Polls reflected his
If Rabin had lived, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would
still have won the election, and likely more decisively.MARK L. LEVINSON
Herzliya Real DOB
Sir, – It is now widely accepted by an increasing number of
Bible scholars that Jesus was not born anywhere near December 25, but rather at
the “appointed time” on 15 Tishrei, the first day of Succot. He was circumcised
eight days later on the eighth and final day of the festival.
day of Tishrei remains the same in the Biblical calendar but appears at a
different date in our modern calendar, instituted by Pope Gregory XIII. It
usually appears in September or October, but few Christians are aware that the
actual birth date comes and goes each year without any fanfare.
that is the way Yeshua would have wanted it, as He asked His followers to
remember His death, but He never asked anyone to remember His birth.
was born on a special Jewish holiday. The manger was likely housed in one of
those makeshift booths Jews build outside their homes during this special week.
It is just a pity the Church doesn’t see this rich significance and prefers to
uphold error rather than truth. They’ll be celebrating in December, when it
would be far too cold for shepherds to be out minding their sheep, never mind a
young mother giving birth.
Jesus Himself said of the religious people of
His day that they “prefer to keep the traditions of men, which make the word of
God of none-effect.” That is exactly what happens each December.
Succot! Maybe this anomaly one day receive greater attention. But then, what
would we do with Santa Claus?
Bangor, Northern Ireland
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