Jerusalem Spoiled night Bethlehem Christians are fully aware that their Christmas celebrations were spoiled by Palestinian incitement and terrorism and not by a “wall,” (“Abbas’s Christmas message bashes Israel’s ‘apartheid regime,’ December 24).The hundreds who attended religious prayers traveled to and from Bethlehem unhindered by “settlers.” Those who came from abroad were not put off by “checkpoints.” They had to come through checkpoints at their domestic airports – checkpoint security required by the threat of terrorism.The ones that stayed away did not do so because of “settlements” but out of fear of knife-wielding Palestinian killers.Most Christians are fully aware of the facts on the ground here and are not deceived by a fraudulent Palestinian narrative.Not even the one that says Jesus is a Palestinian messenger.
Netanya Back check It is difficult to understand why it has taken several years for Israel to recognize and give voice to the harm the organization Breaking the Silence is doing and, shamefully, its growing popularity with (some) Jewish organizations as spokespeople to Diaspora Jewry, not only in the US, but in Britain too.It’s that foothold that has engineered the donations that Israel now seeks to halt. The question is why weren’t their activities nipped in the bud from the beginning? Every battle is an act of self-preservation and no army in the midst of battle will act like angels, not the British army nor the American army, but I cannot imagine either the government of the United Kingdom nor the United States administration allowing their retired military personnel to travel round the world, addressing gatherings specifically to damn their own country and its defenders such as Israel has permitted and is permitting.
London Act of kindness The comparison of an injured terrorist to a “driver who caused the accident” is absurd, (“No Kindness,” Editorial, December 27). The key word at the end of the sentence is “accident.” A terrorist sets out to intentionally kill and wound his or her victims.A terrorist is an enemy.The injuries are no accident.No, we should not give priority to injured terrorist ahead of a victim of terror. ZAKA performs a hessed, and an act of kindness begins at home.
Jerusalem Watch the watchers I’ve been a fan of Caroline Glick’s writings for years. Now I’m trying to re-read her latest article, “Israel’s home-grown enemies” (Column One, December 25), and discover how she got from point A to point B.In the first part, Glick reminds us of the shenanigans of Avishai Raviv. He was an agent provocateur employed by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in the 1990s. He even made and filmed a false swearing-in ceremony of a bogus “terrorist group” that he himself ran, and invited reporters to witness the event. One does wonder, out of all the thousands of weddings these days, how did Channel 10 get to know about this one? Who invited them? Even the discussions on the radio these days are eerily similar to the 1990s: “Who are the rabbis of these kids?” Why should we believe the Shin Bet this time? Does Glick have information that the rest of us don’t have? These kids (who were thrown out of their yeshivot, and some even shunned by their own parents) remind me of the hapless juvenile delinquents in the brilliant song, “Officer Krupke” from West Side Story. Everyone is using them for their own purposes.Glick pointed out that it’s hard to believe the Shin Bet now, remembering how they demonized the whole religious community in the 1990s. So why does she believe them this time? Why even equate them with our Arab enemies? How did she get to that? I would ask, who will police the police? Or as British spy novel writer John le Carré says in one of his recurrent themes, “who will watch the watchers? THELMA JACOBSON Petah Tikva Apt conclusion In December 25’s editorial, “100 days of terrorism,” the author states that perhaps by now “the Palestinians will reach the conclusion that they have made their point and the violence will subside.” Frankly, one would have hoped that they would by now have long concluded that their best guarantor of peace, freedom and tolerance in the anarchic Middle East, is a strong Israel.Sadly, your conclusion here too, is apt: “Judging by experience, however, this possibility is unlikely.”IRVING WIESEN
Jerusalem Basic point In response to Benny A. Benjamin’s letter, (“No excuses,” December 25), which relates to the article of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s article on the Chief Rabbinate, the essence of the scholarly approach that Rabbi Riskin promotes, is, yes, believe it or not, not all those that are chief rabbis have the knowledge of the Conservative Movement in America.And this attitude that Rabbi Riskin so admirably portrays is an attitude that allows the dialogue to live on, that ensures that while he clearly makes his point, Rabbi Riskin does not for a moment forget that the fundamental nature of keiruv halevavot (Jewish outreach), is in understanding from where the other is standing. Isn’t that the basic point from where the remark of the “serious error” came to birth?