With regard to “Netanyahu promises: We won’t uproot Jews or Arabs” (September 28), the decision of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor that neither she nor any of the justices would attend the official state jubilee celebration in Gush Etzion marking the Jewish return to Judea and Samaria bodes ill. Consequently, all judgments made by the Supreme Court and the judiciary relating to Judea and Samaria under her leadership must be declared null and void.
It is time that members of the judiciary realized they were not elected to run the country as they please, but to uphold the laws passed by the elected representatives of the people, who sit in the Knesset.COLIN L. LECI Jerusalem
Loosen the grip
In “The ongoing kulturkampf with the ultra-Orthodox” (Candidly Speaking, September 28), Isi Leibler accurately describes the current trend of primitive, extreme, self-appointed emissaries of God’s word.
It is a pity that these emissaries probably can’t read the column because their comprehension of written English is limited (although I fear that if they can, their Torquemada methods of control will dissuade any curious young Torah student from even glancing at it).
The world of music and literature is anathema in their lexicon.
Only if their grip on young, fertile minds is loosened will a ray of light shine on the coming generation.JULES EHRMAN Jerusalem/Antwerp Right and wrong
In “A letter to my Israeli brothers and sisters” (Comment & Features, September 28), Paul Adler is both right and wrong.
He is right that we in Israel should be disgusted by many of the attitudes and actions of US President Donald Trump. And yes, the president is probably a disaster for democracy and decency in the US and around the world.
However, when it comes to Israel, Trump and his administration do seem to be saying the right things – at least most of the time. So Mr. Adler is wrong, because there is probably nobody else in US politics who wants to run for the US presidency and support us in this way.GRAHAM (GERSHON) FELDMAN Jerusalem
Paul Adler admits he has little knowledge of the Israeli Jewish experience but then proceeds to lecture those of us here who support Donald Trump. His “heart is breaking” and he doesn’t care about our religious or political preferences.
He insists we have to stop supporting the president.
As a parent of five Israeli soldiers, I find it a bit bombastic for him to think that Jews in Israel wouldn’t wholeheartedly support a president who has shown he is serious about helping us find a solution to the Palestinian conflict, a president who has our backs when it comes to Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia.
So let me “speak plainly” when I say that while the writer doesn’t care about Israel’s politics or religion, or the possible consequences of not supporting a president who is on our side, I’m not so sure we have to care about America’s ethical and moral morass. For me as an Israeli, it is my family and the Land of Israel first.
YAACOV PETERSEIL Jerusalem Har Adar
With regard to “Har Adar terrorist attack claims three lives” (September 27), the terrorist, said to be distraught due to family problems, probably decided to commit this suicidal attack knowing that the Palestinian Authority would pay his family many thousands of shekels per month for the rest of their lives.
US Congress must pass the Taylor Force Act to stop the transfer of American funds to the PA commensurate with the amount it transfers to terrorists’ families. EU countries should do the same. Our own government should withhold monthly tax transfers of an equivalent amount.
MURRAY JOSEPH Kiryat Motzkin
The sound of breaking glass one hears these days is the sound of shattering illusions for residents of Har Adar like diplomat Ido Aharoni, who wrote “Some historical perspective” (September 27).
We, too, were horrified at the loss of these young men and send our deepest condolences to the families. But Mr.
Aharoni’s viewpoint bothers me.
He says: “Terrorism does not pose an existential threat to our nation or communities.”
That might be so, but one is not allowed to ignore the ugly situation we find ourselves in these days. He further says: “Har Adar is a microcosm...
constantly finding sanity, stability and balancing mechanisms amid a bitterly violent conflict.” Well, in the realm of “balancing mechanisms,” how about metal detectors? The worst thing about Tuesday’s massacre is that the residents of Har Adar knew and trusted the Arabs who worked for them. The killer was someone who had psychological problems and apparently didn’t want to live anymore.
So he got himself a hand gun.
(Where from?) Any other suicidal person would probably have taken himself to the woods and put the gun to his head. Not here.
The unstable, troubled Arab had a much better solution: Blow away a few Jews and let the army kill him. And it gets better – by killing Jews, he becomes a “martyr” and assures forever the monetary reward to his family. Now the residents of Har Adar – and all other citizens of this country – are under a severe threat.
Until the Palestinian Authority once and for all stops paying and idealizing these killers, all of us must take a long period of contemplation before hiring an Arab or letting one into our home. Indeed, we haven’t reached the “sanity and stability” Mr. Aharoni speaks of. Anyone who thinks we have is inviting another massacre.THELMA JACOBSON Petah Tikva
This young man who murdered three young men was having trouble at home. He realized that he could solve all his problems – his wife and children will receive money for the rest of their lives. His act will also give him virgins he won’t have to support. He is a hero in the eyes of his people.
MURRAY S. GREENFIELD Tel Aviv
With regard to Seth J. Frantzman’s “Kurdish ‘Spring’ (Frontlines, September 20), the Kurds practice a moderate form of Islam, and a Kurdish state would be uninterested in proselytizing by force, as the more extreme forms of Islam do.
They also have a strong sense of loyalty to their ethnic compatriots, so a Kurdish state would be a stabilizing influence in an unstable Middle East. In addition, such a state could well prove to be a true friend of the West.
The Kurds have already proven themselves more than capable of defending their territory and have abundant oil reserves to support their economy. All of this suggests that a Kurdish state would be a positive development for both the West and Israel. Of course, this would be a severe setback to Iran and Turkey, both violently opposed to western interests – so this should be another reason for supporting the Kurds.
It is not surprising, then, that the US State Department is opposed since it has an amazingly consistent record of being wrong on virtually every issue in the Middle East. Its opposition is a reliable indicator that the Kurds are on the right track.
It’s time for Foggy Bottom and its European counterparts to throw away their maps based on Sykes-Picot and look at the real ethnic realities of the region.RITA STAR Ma’aleh Adumim