Sir, – Why is the United States so intent on warning Israel about the
consequences of a strike on Iran (“Media leaks in US seem aimed at scuttling
Israeli attack on Iran,” March 30)? It would be far better and more encouraging
to have the US try to propose a network of allies that would come to its aid and
the aid of Israel in any such conflict. Washington did this with Libya very
If we can take the nuclear weapon situation off the world’s
agenda we still have much to do in terms of Iran’s political
Tehran is unwavering in its support for Assad of Syria. The
wholesale killing of Syrians passes by Iran’s leadership without it blinking an
eye. It has major border conflicts with all its neighbors and is a threat to
Saudi Arabia and the oil production of the world.
The US has a basic
interest, aside from Israel, in making sure Iran is isolated from the world
community and economically kept in dire straits. Then there will be a chance for
regime change and the people of Iran will perhaps rise up against their
psychopathic leadership.TOBY WILLIG
Jerusalem Late warning
Instead of asking if we remembered to change our clocks overnight between
Thursday and Friday (“Did you remember to turn your clocks forward?,” March 30),
it would have been beneficial to have warned us in the previous day’s
By chance I noticed it in a Hebrew paper at the
Otherwise I would not have known.
Someone slipped up
there! HILARY GATOFF
Herzliya Pituah Tax the rich
Sir, – I disagree completely
with your March 30 editorial (“Fighting tax evasion”).
Why in the world
should the rich not pay more taxes of all kinds? Certainly their income taxes
should be higher so that they would become a part of the troubled masses who
pay, even though they don’t have much income.
What’s wrong with that? No
one who makes millions will work at increasing his fortune any less just because
he has to pay a few thousand more in taxes! If there are so many tax evaders,
certainly the authorities should work harder at nabbing them, by all means. But
don’t lower taxes for those with high incomes.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Not just complaints
Sir, – Sad is Hirsh Goodman’s “A painful story” (PostScript,
March 30) about his broken ankle and torn ligaments and the related hospital
This differs from a careless fall in my dark flat at 10 on the
night of February 17, because by 11:30 p.m. a highly-professional and efficient
staff at Terem had registered me, taken X-rays and put my broken right wrist and
arm in a cast, which alleviated some pain.
Within a few days my emergency
cast was replaced, new Xrays were analyzed by an orthopedist at the Mekor Baruch
Trauma Center, where further treatment took place until the injuries had healed
enough for physiotherapy, which since has been of great help.
husband collapsed some time ago, he was rushed to the emergency room at Shaarei
Zedek Medical Center and later received intervention in its cardiac department.
We Clalit Health Fund members will always be grateful for the caring attention
given to us by so many medical staff members in different places, at none of
which we “went private.”
It is a pity that Goodman’s experiences were so
difficult. We wish him a speedy and pain-free recovery.ESTER ZEITLIN
Jerusalem A decade on
Sir, – Ten years ago Israel was shocked by the horrendous
Passover massacre in Netanya a few blocks from where I live (“At Netanya’s Park
Hotel, survivors mark 10-year anniversary of worst terrorist attack of the
second intifada,” March 28), and the government constructed a separation barrier
to stop Palestinian terrorists from infiltrating.
A decade later the
world, feeling sorry for the Palestinians and totally indifferent to the history
of the Arab-Israeli conflict, is angry with Israel for constructing the wall and
for not “allowing” the Palestinians to have a sovereign state on the West
That is how modern history works. Terrorism pays. Terrorism got the
French out of Algeria and it got the Israelis out of Gaza and Southern
After all, who wants to pay the awful price for holding land
that brutal and determined terrorists claim? Personally, I would be in favor of
the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state on the West Bank if such a
state were to unequivocally assure Israel that it would represent no future
threat and that it would protect Jewish historical places and give Jews
reasonably unlimited access to those sites.
What are the chances that the
Palestinians would agree to such assurances? Nil. I would like them to prove me
wrong, but I can’t imagine that happening any time soon.
So history has
to stop here. This time we have no place else to go.
We cannot allow
determined, brutal terrorism to win again.BARRY WERNER
Netanya Waste of
Sir, – So “Ehud Olmert maintains Abbas is ‘partner for peace’” (March 28).
Our president also repeats this over and over. The late Yitzhak Rabin said the
same about Yasser Arafat. It just proves the saying: You can fool some of the
people all of the time.
Of course they want peace – but completely on
They will not and in fact cannot compromise on a deal with
Israel unless their militant bosses give their complete approval.
said he held 36 meetings with Abbas. These were not negotiations; the
Palestinians were just shadow boxing to satisfy the Americans and other
countries that support them financially.
It is a pure waste of time and
energy to think we can reach an agreement with the Palestinians unless we are
prepared to capitulate to all their main demands.W. MALKINSON
Let them see it
Sir, – Regarding “Next round of escalation with Gaza will be
‘more violent,’ public security minister warns” (March 28), if the government
would allow foreign correspondents representing major media outlets to accompany
IDF troops into Gaza, they would see for themselves that Israel bends over
backwards to protect civilians while Hamas uses them as human shields and fires
from UN installations. They would report this and there would be no need for
another Goldstone Commission.
Hopefully, the IDF would also destroy Hamas
and all the other terrorist organizations and not allow them to survive to
bombard us again.LEONARD GOODMAN
Beit Shemesh Not so far
Sir, – Isi
Leibler makes a fundamental mistake when he characterizes Peter Beinart and J
Street as representing far-Left Jews (“AIPAC at the pinnacle of success,”
Candidly Speaking, March 28).
Although I condemn their views on Israel, I
consider them as Jews of the Left who still support Zionism. By contrast, Jewish
individuals and groups of the far-Left, such as Prof. Neve Gordon, expatriate
Israeli academic Ilan Pappe, the Israeli group Breaking the Silence, the
American group Jewish Voices for Peace and the British group Jews for Justice
for Palestinians, relentlessly instigate hatred of Israel and Israelis among
non- Jews couched in the soothing language of peace.
With the former, we
mainstream Jews can still find common ground. The latter are beyond the pale and
with them we have nothing to talk about.JACOB MENDLOVIC