Sir, – David Weinberg has a good solution (“Who will give me a
Sunday?,” Observations, April 19), but I believe mine is better.
months of July, August and part of September, how about a true Saturday and
Sunday weekend? Daylight saving time gives us more daytime and the opportunity
for a longer Friday work day. Shabbat could be honored by more people, and
Sunday would provide the family a day of leisure we all – especially the
Sabbath-observant – so sorely lack.
Including Sunday in the weekend
during these months would make the extra hour of work on the other five days
well worth the sacrifice.SYLVIA MEHLMAN
Efrat I have a dream
Sir, – Uri
Savir is the one living with preconceived ideas (“National security,” Savir’s
Corner, April 19).
What he proposes makes sense. Only one teeny problem:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace. He
rejects all the ideas put forth by Savir. As everyone should know by now, the
aim of the game is to get rid of Israel and not accommodate it in any
Savir has a dream. Unfortunately, that’s all it is, for if not we
would have had peace a long time ago. Anything that makes sense to us is
nonsense to the Palestinians.
Petah Tikva Happy camper
Sir, – I wish to thank Caroline B. Glick for her inspiring “Israel: The happy
little country” (Column One, April 19).
For years I woke up in the
morning feeling depressed after reading her excellently researched articles.
Now, thank God, I feel like a new person, a happy camper.
After all we
went through – the intifadas, the missiles and the deaths of our soldiers –
can’t anyone get it right and see that, as Glick writes, “sober-minded
contentment is better than pipe dream fantasies?” Why are our leaders still
seeking peace without a partner? “The Israeli public,” writes Glick, “gave our
elites the opportunity to try out their peace fantasies in the l990s. We gave
their peace a chance and got repaid with massive terror and international
What did US President Barack Obama accomplish by his recent
visit to Israel? He just reiterated what our leftists have been saying for
years, that, as Glick recounts, we should “force our leaders to give Jerusalem,
Judea and Samaria to our sworn enemies even as they teach their children to
aspire to kill our children.”
So why am I now a happy camper? Because
Glick has made me realize that “at 65, Israel is becoming a mature, responsible,
prosperous and powerful player in the international arena... and the one thing
we can do to squander it all is place our hopes in ‘peace.’ And so we won’t,
Jerusalem Theme-park solution
Sir, – A reader makes the intriguing suggestion that for the sake of preserving
Judaism, the city of Jerusalem be designated for keeping Shabbat (“Sabbath day,”
Letters, April 19).
Unfortunately, this would make the city the Jewish
equivalent of Disneyland – not a modern city but a religious theme park where
all its residents play their part in demonstrating Judaism. (But to whom?
Without transportation and services, no one except religious Jews would spend a
weekend there.) Much of Jerusalem’s secular population, especially young people,
would probably move out, and Israel’s largest city would be turned into an
economic basket case.
There must be a better way to preserve
Jerusalem Mount of contention
Sir, – The current
row regarding the Temple Mount is quite preposterous (“New Knesset Interior
C’tee head says Jews should be able to pray at Temple Mount,” April 18).
Everyone, including the BBC, calls it the “Temple Mount,” not because Muslims or
others pray there, but because it is the place where the Jewish Temple
In these days of counting the Omer, we say every day: “May He
return for us the service of the Temple to its place, speedily in our days.” If
we are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, then no one should be allowed to
pray there – certainly not to play football or otherwise desecrate the
May it truly be in our hands soon.
Sir, – MK Miri Regev, in her new position as chair of the Knesset’s Interior
Committee, is to be congratulated for her clear and correct position that Jews
should be able to freely pray on the Temple Mount.
Conversely, Meretz MK
Michal Roisin reminds us yet again why her party has been shunted to the fringe
of Israeli politics. Her kneejerk invocation of a third intifada and demand that
Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount only after a peace agreement has
been signed is a profile in political cowardice.
Increasingly, Jews of
all religious sensibilities recognize that the refusal to allow Jewish prayer on
the Temple Mount is a grave denial of Jewish civil and human rights.
Hypocritically, our leadership has been more interested in kowtowing to Muslim
sensibilities than in upholding fairness and equal access – values it bends over
backwards to respect for non-Jews.
I predict that within the next 18
months the growing demand for unimpeded Jewish access to the Temple Mount will
overcome the simpering whining that has denied Jews the opportunity to visit
their holiest site without having to be hapless dhimmis.
Ferocious compromise Sir, – The Arabs, as Gershon Baskin sees them,
are a remarkable phenomenon.
In “Our memories, their memories”
(Encountering Peace, April 18), Baskin warns us on the one hand that in their
need for territorial expression of their identity, the Palestinians are
implacable and cannot live peacefully without sovereignty on the West Bank. On
the other hand, he seems to believe that the same implacable need for
territorial expression will be appeased by the gift of the West Bank, and that
it will collapse at the Green Line with a sigh of contentment, whereupon the
land between there and the Mediterranean will be left in peace.
remarkable combination of ferocity and compromise.MARK L. LEVINSON
Sir, – What a delight to read yet another installment in the infinite
series of Encountering Peace.
In the latest we read for the umpteenth
time how the Palestinians will have to “give up the dream of return to their
lost homes.” Just when did our “peace partners” even remotely hint at the
slightest possibility of even considering the contemplation of such a
concession? As I recall, it was never.
Where does Baskin get his
pollyannish fantasy from? Could I get some of what he’s smoking? YISRAEL GUTTMAN
Artist Paul Taylor was erroneously cited as the creator of
all 18 globes being shown at the Mamilla Esplanade near Jerusalem’s Old City
(“‘Round the world,” April 18). Each globe in the “Cool Globes” exhibit was
designed by a different artist using a different theme related to the
The globes – a gift of the city of Chicago from the Cool
Globes non-profit organization – will remain in place throughout the summer,
after which they will be auctioned off, the proceeds being used to benefit
environmental projects in the city.