Sir, – I absolutely agree with Martin Sherman’s very clear
and astute column “Surrendering sovereignty” (Into the Fray, December
What has happened to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s nerve? If he can’t
take the heat he should get out of the kitchen.
Time and again Netanyahu
caves in to Muslim threats and reneges on decisions. Has he not the courage of
his convictions? It’s bad enough that the Waqf runs the Temple Mount. But to say
that renovating the Mughrabi Bridge would change the status quo while the
Palestinians destroy as many Jewish relics as they can in an effort to deny the
Jewish people’s connection with the area is outrageous! The government should
pressure Netanyahu to stick to his original decision about the bridge and get on
with the job.
Otherwise, he will lose all credibility among his voters in
the next election.JUDY PRAGER
Sir, – Bending over backwards
to appease both friends and enemies almost always overrides selfrespect and even
Israel canceled the Lavi fighter jet and military sales to
China because of US objections. The symbol of Magen David Adom was changed to
placate the International Red Cross. The Israeli government and Supreme Court
both failed to stop the Waqf from destroying precious Jewish antiquities on the
Indeed, the entire “peace process,” with its land-for-peace
agenda is, in essence, a surrender of sovereignty.
The Mughrabi Bridge
issue is just the latest example of this shameful behavior. Basically, Israel
Sir, – Prime Minister
Netanyahu again caved in to outside demands that are against our interests
(“Israel releases PA tax funds,” December 1).
At the minimum, legitimate
expenses that we incur because of actions by the Palestinians should have been
deducted from the transfer. These would include repairs and replacements caused
by the indiscriminate rocketing of cities that border the Gaza Strip; court
costs for adjudicating captured terrorists; and the $5,000 that Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has promised to pay to every released
The Palestinians have to realize that there is a cost
associated with their actions.
BILL WEBER JerusalemLife out of tragedy
Sir, – Regarding “On the road to recovery” (Environment, December 2), perhaps
the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, together with the Jewish National Fund,
could institute a saplingremoval program between now and Tu Bishvat.
could use school children, as well as environmentally aware people who
traditionally go out and plant trees. The saplings could be collected, placed in
pots and used for reforestation in other locations in coming years.
ORENSTEINElazarOn the offensive
Sir, – Regarding “Knesset forms caucus to
combat anti-Semitism” (December 1), this action is too little, but not too
A world-wide Jewish movement should have been created a long time
ago to fight this old phenomenon.
The only organization that tries to do
something about it is the Anti-Defamation League, although its activities seem
mainly limited to tracking the number of anti-Semitic incidents.
high time to create a global fund to combat this scourge.
counter-propaganda should be aggressive rather than defensive; it should aim at
those who attack us. If it it necessary to pay writers for pro-Israel and
pro-Jewish articles, so be it! It is not immoral to pay for spreading the
LEO COOPERMelbourne, AustraliaCould/couldn’t work
Sir, – I was
very pleased to read Jonathan Rosen’s “Back to unilateralism” (Inside Out,
There are policies we need to engage in for the good of our
nation. One is the withdrawal of Jewish/Israeli civilians from most of Judea and
Samaria. This time the IDF should be left in place to ensure that the Gaza and
South Lebanon experiences are not repeated.
Without the need to protect a
large civilian population, the IDF could concentrate on the prevention of
hostile activities against the State of Israel. This would mean a lower level of
daily encounters with rank and file Palestinians, and therefore less irritation,
which could in turn reduce Palestinian hostility to Israel, and even possibly
stimulate a true dialogue leading to coexistence.
Sir, – I often wonder if obfuscation is the property of the just the
Left. The reality is, of course, that it is not, but the Left has pretty much
perfected it. Case in point: Jonathan Rosen.
Lack of merits aside, since
it has already worked out so well twice before, Rosen calls for a return to
“internationally-sanctioned borders,” which means, of course, the 1949 armistice
So there you have it: capitulation before negotiations. What a
brilliant strategy! Won’t our adversaries be surprised! YISRAEL GUTTMAN
Jerusalem Not from Peace Now Sir, – Jeremy Sharon’s article “Price-tag militant
rearrested for making death threats” (November 29) contains a false
The e-mail death threat I published was not forwarded to me by
a Peace Now employee. I received it from a different source.
important that no Peace Now employee be blamed for my publication of this death
Sir, – Regarding
“Yad Vashem and the Haredim” (Comment & Features, November 29), Yad Vashem
works with various representatives of the haredi world in its numerous
activities, including tours of the museums, educational activities, the
production of curricula, seminars, commemoration events and online
In the past years, sincere and productive dialogue between Yad
Vashem and the leadership of haredi Jewry in Israel and the United States has
resulted in genuine partnerships with, for example, the Belz community in
Israel, and productive educational activity with the Bais Yaacov and other
haredi educational systems, to name just a few.
Indeed, since the opening
of the Holocaust History Museum in 2005, the number of haredi visitors to Yad
Vashem has skyrocketed.
Just this summer, hundreds of haredi educators
attended seminars and tours at Yad Vashem.
Yad Vashem strives, in all its
myriad activities, to present the story of the Jewish people during the Shoah in
all its complexity and variety, with a special emphasis on spiritual
The Jewish people, then as today, is comprised of many types of
Jews, all of whom find expression in the Holocaust History Museum and other work
of Yad Vashem. I invite the Post’s readers to come and visit the museum and
experience it for themselves.
Jerusalem The writer is
spokesperson for Yad Vashem CORRECTIONS
The photograph accompanying “Fayyad:
‘Unity and nonviolence’ requisites for statehood” (December 4) was taken by
Michael Friedson of The Media Line, and not as reported.
Prosor slam’s UN’s ‘Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians’” (December 1),
Prosor should have been quoted as saying that the pro-Palestinian presentations
at the UN showed “a distorted and partial version of history,” and not as