Sir, – Great rejoicing in Gaza! Khaled Mashaal comes in from
the cold and, along with the other Hamas leaders, scores a huge propaganda
victory (“Mashaal: We will never give up any of Palestine, from the river to the
sea,” December 9).
This enormous rally received wide coverage in the
world media and was made possible by the clause in the latest cease-fire
agreement whereby Israel ceases to target Hamas leaders and
Without this clause they would not have dared leave their
Of course, Mashaal, in front of the replica of a
giant rocket, spouted the vile hatred and incitement against Israel that is his
usual fare (except when being interviewed on American TV). But not to worry.
When the Gazans revive their attacks, thus breaking the agreement, their
leaders, including Mashaal, will again disappear.
I. SRUL ZUNDER
Sir, – Khaled Mashaal goes to Gaza and tells the world the Palestinians
will never give up on a state from the river to the sea, and that they will
never recognize Israel.
I say shame on you, Obama; shame on you, Hague;
shame on you, Blair; shame on you, Clinton; and shame on you Ban.
none of you condemned Mashaal’s incitement? Oh, I apologize. Obviously, building
a few homes is far worse!
Sir, – MK
Haneen Zoabi (“Zoabi: If Balad’s banned, Arabs won’t vote,” December 9) would
significantly increase the likelihood of her survival as a Knesset member if she
addressed the crucial social and economic needs of her constituency instead of
constantly inflating her personal political status while undermining Israel, the
country she supposedly represents.
This scenario would most probably
ensure that fewer Arab voters would abstain from casting their votes in the
GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Hijacking in Egypt
Sir, – Concerning the December 6 articles “The first flower of the Arab Spring”
(Comment & Features) and “The death of Egyptian democracy” (Washington
Watch), Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood Islamists are attempting to
hijack the first blooms of Egyptian democracy.
We must remember that in
Germany in the 1930s, Adolf Hitler was also democratically elected. No sooner
had he come to power that he proceeded to trash any vestige of German democracy
and install himself and his vicious Nazis as absolute
Fortunately, the Egyptian people are trying to prevent this from
happening there by massing in protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Western
democracies, including the United States, should do everything possible to
nurture this opposition before it is too late.
HAIM M. LERNER
Sir, – The situation in Egypt is fraught with danger. The ordinary Egyptian does
not want a Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship – he wants food and butter, not
bullets. He did not dispose of Hosni Mubarak in order to get a more brutal
The United States has made a catastrophic mistake in handling
Egypt. A Muslim dictatorship cannot fulfill the needs of the people. The US was
so anxious to prevent Israel from achieving its goals in Gaza that it perceived
Morsi as the answer for a ceasefire.
Morsi then proceeded with the carte
blanche he had received from the US, knowing he could become a ruthless
Ordinary Egyptians need to know that there will be some sort of
democracy and that the Muslim Brotherhood is not the answer for a better
No surprise there
Sir, – Isi Leibler
(“Australia tilts against Israel,” Candidly Speaking, December 6) expresses
surprise about “two countries considered solid supporters of Israel abandoning
us at the crucial moment.” He is right, that this is a crucial moment, but he
should not be surprised.
About a year ago Leibler astutely pointed to a
major flaw in Israel’s engaging in the media war. His conclusion was that Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “must, as a matter of urgency, personally intervene
to guarantee that government information offices are staffed by personnel who
are sufficiently competent to control such issues in a skilled and professional
That this has not happened is obvious to any serious follower of
Sir, – Isi Leibler’s incisive,
comprehensive analysis of the E1 international brouhaha tells it like it is. If
only the world would wake up, open its eyes and listen!
TAMAR H. KAGAN
80 years and counting
Sir, – I am a regular reader of your wonderful newspaper,
and have been for many years.
I feel the need to congratulate you and
your exceptional staff for a brilliant special publication.
Anniversary Supplement (December 7) is sure to become a collector’s
Sir, – Congratulations to Greer Fay Cashman and
all her supporting staff for a wonderful and informative anniversary
Sir, – Your 80th Anniversary Supplement
fascinatingly reminded me of my days as a night editor at the Post in the 1950s.
But I was saddened to find no mention of the deputy editor of those days, Arthur
The Post was immensely fortunate to have the services of this
gifted and experienced editor and writer, whom I watched saving the paper from
the foul-ups of those above him who should have known better. He was the
troubleshooter who within minutes would alter the main page set-up and headline
when dramatic news came in rendering it irrelevant, just as the paper was being
put to bed.
His absence from the pages of your supplement reminded me of
the comment in Ecclesiastes (9:14- 15): “A small town with few inhabitants was
besieged by a mighty king. Fortunately there was found in the town a
not-so-important wise man who by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no one
Sir, – To all the contributors to
your 80th Anniversary Supplement, a big thank you. It was fascinating to read
the stories of so many of your veteran reporters and learn about the human side
of your staff, which has kept us knowledgeable and interested for so many
I have been a loyal reader for 40 years (as well as a sometime
contributor), and the Post is just one year younger than I am. I can’t start my
day without you.
The Jerusalem Post is like a friend who is always
welcome and warmly anticipated.
Sir, – I read
through the 80th Anniversary Supplement. There was a lot of self-praise for
staff and editors, but not a word about the freelancers who have written for the
Post over the years.
Some of us have interesting, even hilarious, stories
about dialogues with editors, interviews and events in the course of our
The contribution of home-based freelancers is an asset to any
newspaper because most are qualified in other professional fields and can add a
dimension that is more specialized than that of the staff writers. Some of your
editors used that asset and worked with us as a team. Without tenure, perks or
expenses, we found our stories and met our deadlines.