Sir, – With every senior IDF officer, the minister of defense,
the police and all their bureaus and staff totally absorbed by the “Galant
affair” (“Police deem ‘Galant Document’ a fake – report,” August 17), I wonder
if anyone is guarding our borders.
MICHAEL MOHNBLATT Tel Mond Friendly
Sir, – According to all reports, our “friends” in the Quartet want to
announce that the any direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians be based
on the status-quo-ante of 1967 (“Israel to reject any preconditions set by
Quartet for talks,” August 16).
They also expect that a Palestinian state
be established within one or two years. So what are the negotiations for? Maybe
one should remind the Quartet that there is no UN resolution demanding Israel’s
“unconditional surrender,” as was demanded of Germany in 1945.
Sir, – I wish someone would explain to me
the furor over the deportation of the illegal residents and their children
(“Yishai to meet with Sara Netanyahu over planned expulsion of foreign workers’
children,” August 16).
Surely there is no reason why “illegals” should be
allowed to stay in the country, even if they have children who were born here or
have been here for five years. Some came illegally with their families, but that
does not change their status.
If a permit is given to foreign workers to
be caregivers for people with disabilities, the elderly or the seriously ill,
they are supposed to work on a 6/24 basis.
In that case, how do they have
time to get married or pregnant? In addition, once they can no longer fulfill
the terms of their work-permit, they become “illegals.”
So could I be
Sir, – The Filipino caregivers all came
Let Eli Yishai learn something about history. In the
darkest hours for European Jewry, the Philippines was one of just two countries
in the whole world that admitted Jews freely.
PETER ARTON Kiryat Ono
Sir, – Caroline Glick’s “Guide to the Perplexed” (August 13) was a
timely reminder of how the present US administration has changed its attitude
toward Israel. It is not only not supporting the maintenance of our qualitative
edge, but actively reducing it, as Glick has shown, by cutting funds for the
Arrow 3, balking at Israeli avionics being installed in the IAF’s future F-35
fighter, denying us US-made bunker-buster bombs, etc.
We have much
evidence that President Obama is hostile to Israel. He would also prefer to
defang the US and for it to become less of a superpower and more of a
low-profile country for all its people.
The US electorate appears to have
come to the conclusion that Obama has not been beneficial to America and
apparently will not be re-elected. Israel must tread water and pursue a policy
best suited to itself, and not be intimidated by the US.
Sir, – While I almost always appreciate Caroline Glick’s viewpoints, her
most recent column was just plain silly. Of course President Obama is not going
to authorize an attack on Iran – he is the most liberal president in US history,
and with a Democratic Congress. He is more likely to ban abortions than attack
We all knew this when he was running for office, yet the
vast majority of US Jews voted for him, and a large percentage of Israelis
When and if Israel is ever nuked by Iran, Obama will shed
Clintonesque tears, but that’s about all one should expect. So the real issue is
whether Israel has the stomach to go it alone.
Unfortunately, with the
country split down the middle between Left and Right, there is no national will
to do so.
ABE KRIEGER Highland Park, New Jersey What’s the difference?
Sir, – As an American non- Jew, I found Michael Freund’s column (“Will Bill
Clinton’s grandchildren be Jewish?,” Fundamentally Freund, August 12) very
interesting and, unfortunately, somewhat disturbing.
My mother, a
gentile, married a Jewish man when she was young. His family figuratively buried
him. They held a memorial service. It didn’t matter to them that he had been a
good son, a kind person or a smart student, or a veteran of the Korean War who
had served his country with distinction and honor.
He was effectively
dead to them.
They also rejected the sole child my mother had with her
husband, a little girl. They thus deprived my half-sister of her Jewish heritage
– in the name of religious orthodoxy – and she has carried this pain of
rejection her entire life.
Unfortunately, my half-sister’s father died
from a liver disease he had acquired on active duty in Korea. Ultimately, my
mother married my father, and my half-sister was given a brother, a non-Jew who
loves her as if she were a full-blooded sister.
In college, I met a very
beautiful, kind and thoughtful Japanese girl. My mother had always wanted me to
find a “good Christian girl” and was not excited. The girl’s parents weren’t
excited either. But guess what? They got over it and life moved forward. I have
never regretted my decision.
My point is as follows: Regardless of whom
Chelsea Clinton decided to marry, I’m sure her parents will love and care for
Will the grandchildren be raised Jewish or
Christian? Who Cares! I am sure they will be taught to respect and love others,
even if different from themselves.
Religious orthodoxy, like wine, is
wonderful in moderation.
However, when the condition of orthodoxy begins
to cloud your judgment and subsequently robs you of your basic humanity, then
your religion has failed to serve its fundamental purpose of molding you into a
America has become a more accepting and tolerant
Why not Israel? Why can’t Orthodox circles reach out to include
innocent children from interracial or interfaith marriages and integrate them
into the fabric of Israeli society? Why harden your hearts in the name of
religious or ethnic purity? Please don’t misunderstand – I’m not saying that you
should forsake the standards or ideals of your faith. All organized religions
have rules. All I am saying is, why can’t it be a personal choice as to whether
to follow one’s faith to the letter of the law? BILL NETZLEY Cincinnati
Sir, – Enough already. This subject has been discussed ad nauseum. So another
Jew marries out. The only interest is because of the Clintons. The groom tried
to keep his Jewishness alive. It’s just a shame he couldn’t wait till Shabbat
JUDY GOLDIN Kiryat Ono Correct, but misguided
Sir, – Yossi
Beilin’s recent oped piece (“The new ghetto,” August 9) is correct in its
analysis but misguided in its proposed solution.
Beilin is surely right
in stating that Israel needs to pursue the path of peace, to take it away from
the “new ghetto path” it is currently on. But as a political solution, praying
for salvation from Washington is completely disheartening.
As a leader
and spokesman of the disappeared Israeli Left, Beilin needs to ask himself where
and how he and his colleagues failed, and, more importantly, to make a renewed
case to the Israeli public on behalf of the Left and against the
The only real possibility for change in a democracy – even
Israel’s – has to come from within.