Not much of a day
Sir, – What Gil Hoffman does not seem to understand in “The
day after Netanyahu” (Politics, August 16) is that there are only two
possibilities: If negotiations succeed in bringing genuine peace, Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu will be a hero and able to stay in office as long as he
wants. If the negotiations fail, as seems more likely, then no one having
anything to do with them will be able to get elected dog catcher let alone prime
Israel will need a new set of candidates – for example, those
who had the good sense to oppose Netanyahu’s “goodwill gesture” of releasing
I would like to suggest three names that might be familiar to
readers of The Jerusalem Post: Martin Sherman, Caroline Glick and, my personal
favorite, Sarah Honig. These three have been almost Churchillian in their
foresight. They are better qualified to run the country than any of our current
crop of politicians.DAVID WILLIG
Sir, – What an appalling lineup
of Netanyahu “afters.” It begs the question: Who picked this lot? You have a
bunch of has-beens; one who is president and thinks he is prime minister as well;
another who has the credentials of a crook (whether convicted or not); the Left;
and a few who mirror Netanyahu and precious little else.
There is no one
who has the aura of statesmanship, toughness and the ability to look other
leaders in the eye. Not since the days of Menachem Begin have we seen
The one most suited with leadership, toughness and the courage of
his convictions – Naftali Bennett – is omitted.
Purim seems to have come early for Gil Hoffman.
Is he kidding? Livni?
Yacimovich? Lapid? It gets even funnier.
With all due respect to our
president – who has never been elected to any post through the ballot – Shimon
Peres at 90? Mr. Hoffman, please get serious.A. SCHONBRUNN
Sir, – How thoughtful of Ben Hartman to regale us with feelings
of sympathy and understanding for the freed Arab murderers of our brethren (“The
prisoner release – this time around,” Reporter’s Notebook, August 16). Perhaps
he could now pen a similarly empathetic profile of the following murderers of
Hebrews: Hitler, Stalin, Ukraine’s Petlura, Haj al Amin al-Husseini and
Arafat.MICHA’EL S. BLOCH
Kochav Yair Reach out
Sir, – Martin Sherman
(“Justifying Judeocide,” Into the Fray, August 16) again warns of the
delegitimization of the State of Israel by those who have launched a
“well-oiled, wellfunded assault on its legitimacy, which has critically
jeopardized the government’s decision-making freedom.”
I think we should
thank Sherman for his ideological concern and astuteness in pointing out that
many of our enemies are actually in Western countries – especially among the
Europeans, who have been decimating us for the past 2,000 years.
are literally thousands of small daily newspapers in the US that can be of help
to us if we do some reaching out. There are Jews and lovers of Zion who can
individually and in groups make personal contact with publishers and editors in
every part of the US. Each newspaper can be given a “local angle” for publishing
accounts of Israeli and Jewish affairs.
By failing to do this Israel
avoids confronting essential vital interests connected to the news and other
Jerusalem The writer is a former journalist for US
dailies Define ‘normal’
Sir, – In “Israel’s demands” (Savir’s Corner, August 16)
I came upon this gem: “From the Palestinians, we must demand [as part of a peace
agreement] the same normalization clauses that we insisted upon with Egypt....”
I burst out laughing.
Every person who has followed events in the Middle
East for the past 30 years knows that Egypt has vitiated, if not violated, all
the normalization that then-prime minister Menachem Begin insisted on in the
belief that normalization was the heart of future peace between the two
Savir follows the well practiced principle of the so-called
peace camp: If the fact does not conform to your belief, ignore it. Or, if
possible, distort it until it does fit.
He might ask the Polish people
about peace as a guarantee; surely, they are experts on the subject after
hundreds of years of failed treaties with the Russians.
He could find out
from the Iranians how successful their guarantee of peace with Iraq was
following a peace treaty signed shortly before the Iraqi invasion. How about
France’s several experiences with German “guarantees.” Or the Ottomans’ with
Catherine the Great. One could go on and on, back through the centuries,
learning that peace is no guarantee of security.
Nations remain at peace
as long as their national interests demand it (never mind Muslim beliefs
regarding treaties with infidels).BERNARD SMITH
Sir, – Uri
Savir has toughened his stance. He’s not willing to pull back and hand the
enemies of Zionism a state of their own next door in return for just a piece of
paper. No, he insists on not one but several pieces of paper – trade relations,
recognition, people-topeople relations, the twinning of cities.
missing is a provision for when the Arab side fails to act as envisioned. After
all, at Oslo the Arab side promised to protect Joseph’s Tomb, and shortly
afterward the place was trashed and an Israeli soldier killed. At Oslo it
promised to give up violence and hostile disinformation, but afterward those
There’s little point discussing agreements unless the
discussion includes foolproof enforcement.MARK L. LEVINSON
Sir, – A very well-timed article written by Jonathan Pollard
appeared in your August 16 edition (“Restoring Israel to greatness,”
Observations). I believe it may be a first! What a good “friend” the leaders of
the United States are to Israel – we free as many murderers as they wish and
they cannot free one prisoner who has definitely served his time.JACK
Sir, – In the interest of journalistic accuracy and full
disclosure, the editors at The Jerusalem Post
might wish to amend the postscript
that follows Jonathan Pollard’s opinion piece decrying Israel’s current state of
Saying that Pollard is serving a life sentence “for
his activities on behalf of Israel” denies readers the essential truth: He drew
a life sentence after pleading guilty in 1987 to spying for Israel on its chief
That’s the fact. To recast Pollard’s so-called service to Israel
shows an editorial bias readers can do without.JOE WINN
Sir, – Kudos to the Post
for the op-ed by Jonathan Pollard –
despite what some will deem its controversial content.
25 years of incarceration, Pollard still has concern for Israel and its
His dismay at the failure of our government to make choices based
on courage of conviction rather than political expediency is shared by the
majority of Israelis, as evidenced by the outcry at the recent release of
murderers from our jails.
May Pollard’s heartfelt plea for historic
restoration and the rebirth of ethical politics be a clarion call to all
Israelis in the next election.LEAH URSO