Sir, – “Settler leader, Braverman, debate wisdom of annexing West
Bank” (September 5) was clear and concise about the speakers and their points of
view. However, the most challenging speaker was John Gatt-Rutter, deputy
European Union representative to Israel.
Gatt-Rutter stated that the
Europeans were giving much money to the Palestinians with the hope that it will
be used to pay the salaries of security personnel in order to further the
cooperation that exists between Israel and the moderate Palestinian
He further stated that the Palestinians were now building
national institutions for a state.
No questions were asked publicly
regarding the diatribes and hatred launched against Israel via Palestinian text
books. No questions were asked either about how a Palestinian request for
statehood would impinge on other ethnic groups such as the Basques and the
Kurds, and on their own desires for statehood.
The European Union remains
the epitome of bias against Israel and therefore, in the eyes of most Israelis,
cannot really be of influence.
Israel would be able to turn to the EU for
advice if the bias were not so open.TOBY WILLIG
Jerusalem Silver lining
Sir,– Should the PA be recognized as a member of the UN, would this mean it will
be, of necessity, treated differently than as an organization? By this, I mean
that its aggression could give its victims the right to complain to the UN or,
failing that, go to war using all means to protect ourselves.
If this is
the case, then all is not lost after all.ADRIAN KORSNER
Netanya Place of
Sir, – Your article “Report: Golda Meir lobbied US to bomb Auschwitz”
(September 5) refers to Meir as “the US-born Zionist leader.” Actually, she was
born in Kiev and was brought as a child to the US.
As a wise saying
advises, when in doubt look it up. Otherwise, look it up.MARK L.
Herzliya Turkey’s demands
Sir, – Turkey is the last state that has the
right to demand an apology from Israel, considering its cumulative crimes
against 1.5 million Armenians and other minorities in the Middle East. It wants
the West to think it is a moderate Islamic regime, but in reality it is
criminal. It’s just like a prostitute who lectures on chastity.HOURY
Sir, – “Waiting for Ankara” (Editorial, September 5) and
“Turkey’s foreign policy is in shambles” (Comment & Features) on the same
page are admirably and extensively portrayed.
But one singular item
appears to have been forgotten: Why is it that when discussing arms smuggling
into the Gaza Strip, no mention is made about Israel’s capture of ships fully
laden with weapons and ammunition? The clear exposure of the capture of the
ships should be more than sufficient to explain the absolute necessity of having
a sea and land blockade.
Any right-minded person could not possible
misunderstand that this is a matter of survival for Israel.R. BEAR
Sir, – It seems that everyday, Turkey makes another threat against
Israel unless the latter apologizes for the actions of soldiers who defended
themselves last year on the Mavi Marmara.
Therefore, can you imagine my
surprise when I read in “Cars crucial for Israeli-Turkish economic ties”
(Business & Finance, September 5) that in the first eight months of this
year Israel imported from Turkey over 16,000 vehicles with a total value of NIS
1.64 billion? Would it not make sense for Israel to suspend the import of these
cars until the Turkish government issues an apology for attempting to break
Israel’s legal blockade of Gaza? At the very least, these imports should be
suspended until the daily threats from Turkey stop.ARTHUR MILLER
Sir, – It took only 24 hours for the Israeli public to give up using
Turkish Airlines to reach other destinations.
Now, thanks to your
disclosure of the models of various Korean, Japanese and French cars that are
actually made in Turkey, we might also see a shift in the Israeli public’s
It may well be Turkey’s wish maintain economic ties
with Israel, and while I would not expect the Israeli government to say anything
that affects trade, we can vote on our own concerning how we want to spend our
Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan may soon realize that
he does not have all the cards – just the loudest voice.PETER SIMPSON
Sir, – It’s all quite simple: Boycott Turkish Airlines and Turkish
resorts. Also, support the Armenian campaign to have Turkey admit to the 1915
massacres; support the Kurds in their struggle against Turkish oppression; and
support the Greek Cypriots in their efforts against the illegal Turkish
occupation of the northern half of their island.
If this doesn’t work we
can always boycott Turkish coffee.JACK COHEN
Jeff on Larry Sir,
– Jeff Barak, in his spirited defense of his friend (“The firing of Larry
Derfner,” Reality Check, September 5), fires a broadside against the Post’s
readers, accusing them of being “the real danger to Israel with their narrow
self-righteous view of the world, damaging the fabric of Israel as an open
While credit goes to Barak for jumping to Derfner’s defense in
the latter’s sad hour, does Barak not realize his fellow columnist’s actions
were in effect indefensible and that no words from anyone could mollify, justify
or soften the blow? Derfner lived, and was eventually felled, by his words. Just
as there is no such thing as a free lunch, words are not free of
responsibilities.DAVID S. ADDLEMAN Mevaseret Zion
Sir, – I’m afraid Jeff
Barak is wrong and Steve Linde (“Caging the tiger,” Editor’s Notes, September 2)
It is simply inconceivable to me how Larry Derfner crossed such
an unconditional red line.
The victims near Eilat or, as we approach the
10th anniversary of 9/11, in the Twin Towers or the doomed aircraft, could have
been his own family.
As with Helen Thomas, Derfner was in my view the
main moral conscience of a major media institution. But like she did, he
suddenly uttered the inconceivable. Thomas’s apology didn’t do her any good
If only Derfner had again written what he did after the atrocity
at Itamar, that “until Palestinians acknowledge the savage streak in their
society – even if only to themselves – and resolve to root it out, then, if
history is a guide, there will be more abominations done in their
Sir, – Jeff Barak defends
Larry Derfner’s right to say that the killing of Jews by Palestinians is okay by
reminding us of Ehud Barak’s super-egregious statement, that were he born a
Palestinian he would join a terrorist organization.
statements don’t make either one right.AVIGDOR BONCHEK
The former editor-inchief of The Jerusalem Post seems to think its readers were
responsible for the firing of Larry Derfner. As a subscriber and daily reader,
am I involved in this? No! The blame can only be borne by Derfner.
we approach the Jewish New Year where we “forgive and forget,” I propose that
Derfner be given back his job, although he should close his blog and leave it
that way.TOVA WALD