Strong win

Sir, – When will the media stop calling this election a tie? Out of 120 seats in the Knesset, 60 were won by the Right and 48 were won by the Left (“Netanyahu, Lapid begin effort to form coalition,” January 24). The other 12 were won by the Arabs, who cannot be classified as Left or Right because they represent a different “country.”

So let us tell the world that the Right won the election very strongly, 60 to 48.

HARRY RESNICK
Ginot Shomron


Gimpel gaffe?


Sir, – With regard to “Livni calls to disqualify US-born candidate for talking about Temple Mount being blown up” (January 20), it is not racism but realism that causes me to identify Islam with blackmail, piracy, torture, limb-lopping and suicide bombing.

It is not just the terrorists who are culpable – it is also their religious leaders, who encourage the terrorists to see themselves as “martyrs.”

The fact that one of Islam’s religious symbols, the Dome of the Rock, dominates the skyline of Jerusalem is most disturbing to many Jews and Christians.

While Bayit Yehudi candidate Jeremy Gimpel’s suggestion was hopelessly impolitic, morally he is 100 percent right. Is it not time, therefore, to start the process of argument that might result in its dismantling, the numbered sections to be given to Saudi Arabia to build somewhere else?

DAVID LEE
London


Sir, – Early in the election campaign, a room full of people sat mesmerized as the foundations of Bayit Yehudi were spread before us, mainly by Jeremy Gimpel.

His sincerity, erudition and clarity of purpose convinced many of us, largely unfamiliar with the party’s platform, that we had hope, and that our beloved land would be in good hands.

Although Gimpel did not make it into the Knesset, his invaluable work will doubtless continue and enrich us in a future Knesset.

PESSY KRAUSZ
Jerusalem


Contentious bones

Sir, – Dry Bones does it again (“Election tampering,” January 18)! And it is propitiously placed on the page facing Martin Sherman’s and Barry Shaw’s columns (“Liar,” Into the Fray; “Israeli diplomatic incompetence,” Original Thinking).

US President Barack Obama’s second term started when he continued ill-advising Israel and our capable prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, on how to govern our country, the only democracy in the Middle East. He would do better to concentrate on improving the poor state of affairs in his own country.

RENIE HIRSCH
Netanya


Sir, – The Dry Bones cartoon of January 4 (“Best wishes”) brilliantly exaggerated the – sadly, sometimes real – double standards against Israel that are used to scare voters to the Right.

The nice fellow says: “My wish list for 2013... that Syria not gas its citizens, that Egypt does not go Islamist, that Iran does not get the bomb.”

And then the zinger: “And that the world stops worrying about the Jewish state building homes for Jews....”

Nobody wants Egypt to go Islamist, or Iran to get a bomb, or Syria to gas its citizens. The West has aid leverage with Egypt, and sanctions and military options against Syria and Iran. Far from being their ally, it sees itself an enemy of Iran and Syria, as it did against Libya.

Israel is the opposite – rightly seen as a close friend, an economic and military ally, and a deserving aid partner.

There is no double standard here. But the world does worry about a state that builds outside its borders in aggravation of an already grave international conflict. Thankfully, there is no double standard here, either.

It is tragic that the Right tries – and even more before elections – to inflame voters with confused and selfdestructive anger against the world.

JAMES ADLER
Cambridge, Massachusetts


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