Flotilla raid a success
Sir, – The flotilla that was stopped by Israel was
attempting to break a siege that was legally applied. In that the flotilla did
not succeed in reaching its desired destination, the Israeli operation was a
success. It is therefore incorrect to refer to the operation as having been
botched. (“Our main mistake in flotilla raid was wrong assessment about level of
resistance, Ashkenazi says,” August 12).
Even taking into consideration
the loss of life by those who refused to accede to the demands of the Israeli
navy, the fact that none of our soldiers’ lives was lost would, in my opinion,
point to the efforts of our military as having been successful.
As to the
military details, the Eiland inquiry was enough to establish reasons for the
unfortunate outcome. The Turkel panel merely provides fodder to those seeking to
cast blame on Israel and should not have been set up. The attempts by the UN to
cast further doubts on the correctness of Israel’s actions was only to be
expected.MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond Precipitation from the northwest?
Turkey is once again an attraction for Israelis (“Tour company begins offering
packages to Turkey,” August 12).
I wish that the world could forgive and
forget as quickly as Israelis do. Or, perhaps, Israelis are simply thick-skinned
and oblivious to the hatred expressed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan toward our country and our people.
There is a saying: “If one
spits in their face, they’ll insist it’s drops of rain.”RENE SIMPSON
Aviv More than an exam
Sir, – In regard to “A young rabbiwannabe struggles for
recognition” (August 12), I just want to say that passing an exam doesn’t by
itself make a rabbi. Can you imagine going to a young 14-year-old boy for
counseling, marriage issues, neida problems or other questions? A person needs
maturity, not just to pass the ordination exam.
The rabbinate is right in
its informal ruling to set 22 as the minimum age to take the ordination exam. No
matter how many Bible quizzes this young man may have won, a 14-year-old does
not have the worldliness or knowhow to be a rabbi. For that he needs life
Let Moshe enjoy his young age.HANNAH SONDHELM
Jerusalem Hypocrisy unmasked
Sir, – Mudar Zahran (“Hizbullah: Hating Israel...
and the Palestinians,” Opinion, August 12) has written another fascinating piece
on how the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, who are mainly Sunni, have been
violently discriminated against by the various Shi’ite factions.
unmasks the shameless hypocrisy of Hizbullah and other allegedly pro-Palestinian
The motivation for the wars against Israel is similar. It has its
roots in Islamic religious intolerance of Jewish national
The Palestinian refugee problem has been a
Factional hatred and violence have been on gruesome display
in Iraq after Saddam Hussein was overthrown, yet the West has been dancing
around the issue instead of facing it head-on.
As thinkers like Mudar
Zahran enlighten others, peace will evolve.DAVID KATCOFF
Vermont Two views of Ayalon
Sir, – Ami Ayalon (“Proposing a ‘Voluntary Settler
Return Law,’” Opinion, August 10) says people who have lived in their towns and
villages for over 30 years should be called home because “your mission is now
What mission is that? People didn’t move just to fulfill some sort
of mission for the government; they moved to these areas for a better quality of
life. More space, more affordable housing and a love for the land of their
The author wishes to give these people a choice: Move out now
if you are living east of the security barrier or you will receive no
compensation if you are uprooted after a negotiated settlement.
as a nation not learned a lesson from the Gaza disengagement? How well taken
care of were those Israelis, who had beautiful homes and thriving businesses,
only to be thrust into a world of confusion and suffering that is still going on
five years later? JONATHAN SURASKY
Sir, – Ami Ayalon’s opinion piece
Michael Handelzalts wrote an article in Haaretz that lends
credence to Ayalon’s idea. He used King Solomon’s wise decision in the conflict
of the two mothers. As recorded, one mother claimed that the living child was
hers, whereas the other claimed the child was hers. King Solomon ruled that the
living child should be divided. To this the true mother
Handelzalts relates Solomon’s wise decision to our current
situation here in Israel. Indeed, babies you can’t divide, but land, while
painful, you can.JENNY WEIL
Jerusalem Strike the P in PC
Sir, – In “Nine
years after the Sbarro massacre” (August 10), Frimet Roth wrote about the
“senselessness” of releasing terrorists and her own tragedy in losing a
What she writes regarding the freeing of terrorists in return for
Gilad Schalit is perhaps not politically correct. However, I believe the way she
expressed her viewpoint was morally correct.
It’s time people pay less
attention to being politically correct and more to just being correct. Why are
we so concerned what others think? STEVEN TOBERMAN
Sir, – Eli Avidar’s column (“In the Middle East, self-respect is a
deterrent,” August 10) shows so clearly that Ehud Barak’s unilateral actions of
the past have been disastrous for Israel, especially his unilateral withdrawal
from Lebanon 10 years ago, which led to Hizbullah’s control of the South and the
Second Lebanon War.
Any reasonable person would learn from his mistakes –
but not Barak, who promises even more unilateral actions in the
He could make a significant contribution to the State of Israel
and to the peace process if he would unilaterally withdraw from politics
Jerusalem Ghetto would be preferable
In “The New Ghetto” (Opinion, August 9), former minister of justice Yossi Beilin
laments the policies of the present government as either causing or allowing for
a continuance of both Arab and world condemnation of Israel.
correctly states that the Israel of the 1990s was the Jewish state closest to
the vision of Herzl and other early Zionists: Israeli Arabs were generally
prosperous, the Arab boycott was partially abandoned, and numerous Arab states
engaged in discussion on many regional issues.
He then writes that the
past 10 years were ones of dramatic reversal.
His solution: “Israel needs
to change its policy.”
What Beilin overlooks is that Israel did just
that, and for several years we were indeed starting to make headway in both the
Arab and non-Arab worlds. We pulled out of Lebanon, and there were several years
of quiet before the missiles rained down on us.
We pulled out of Gaza,
and the missiles simply started falling faster, harder and wider. The world
condemned not the aggressors, but Israel, whose very policies of “moving toward
peace” caused the aggression in the first place. Does Beilin want us to make the
same mistakes again? With neighbors like these, I frankly prefer to live in a
ghetto. I’d even bolt the door and throw away the key.STUART KATSOFF