Plea for action
Sir, – With news of a chemical attack against sleeping families
(“Bodies still being found after alleged Syria chemical attack,” August 23), we
see that much of the free world responds with inertia and stunned silence, a
replay of the attacks against Jews by the Nazis. So I would like to reach out to
the world community.
Europe, how about reversing your previous
indifference to Jewish refugees by inviting in a few thousand Syrian children to
temporarily take refuge? Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Arab emirates, how about
showing your concern for your brothers by inviting these children to your
countries? Israel, how about families (Arabs and Jews) offering to host some of
these children, and our government offering to give them entry permits and
medical insurance? BEVERLY LEWIN Ramat Hasharon Israeli lip service Sir, – We
learn in”No progress in peace talks, Abbas tells Meretz lawmakers” (August 23)
that the Americans are not at the negotiating table, which means the
Palestinians – a stateless, militarily occupied people – are left to negotiate
alone with the occupier over when, how and if the occupation will end.
Meanwhile, Tzipi Livni reportedly speculates that the talks may give cover to
Arab states wishing to team up with Israel against Iran and its
One has to wonder if, for Israel, the purpose of this round of
peace talks is to trawl for Arab allies while stringing the Palestinians along
with more hollow diplomacy while postponing, yet again, the “hard decisions” its
leaders often cite without ever making.EDWARD GOLDSTEIN
Massachusetts Leaders being led
Sir, – Martin Sherman’s “Muted, myopic and
moronic” (Into the Fray, August 23) is a cogent indictment of Jewish
Two thousand years of Jewish appeasement and false hope has
formed a people with Pavlovian responses. Throughout Diaspora Jewish history,
most Jewish leadership acquiesced to or abetted the ruling powers in a forlorn
attempt to ameliorate disastrous anti-Jewish dangers. It didn’t work in the past
and won’t work now.
Only when Jews resist, when they focus on Jewish
national self-interest – as do other nations – will their enemies stop the
bullying tactics now being inflicted by US Secretary of State John Kerry,
President Barack Obama’s leading emissary.
Positions of leadership,
especially Jewish leadership – are you listening, Bibi ? – are a lonely place,
with enormous responsibilities.
Leaders are not victims of their office
and are not chosen to collapse when pressure is applied. They don’t modify their
principles or pledges to please the international community.
They bring the nation with them through menacing perils.
correctly signals that once again, Jewish leaders are being led.MALCOLM
Sir, – In “Coming soon to Israel – unpopular government”
(For Zion’s Sake, August 21), Daniel Tauber points out that 85 percent of the
population opposed the recent decision to release 104 convicted terrorists.
Instead of taking advantage of unity that transcends party lines, Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu chose the easy way out by surrendering moral principals and
turning his back on the justice system.
Surrendering under pressure from
the US and not demanding a single concession of any kind from the Palestinians
made it crystal clear that Israel is ready to have the Americans impose whatever
terms they want, and Israel will accept.
Mr. Prime Minister, making hard
decisions means telling the Americans that Israel has a moral and fair justice
system, and that a sentence handed down by a court must be upheld. He should
also say that Israel is a sovereign state and will not accept dictates, although
it longs for a peace that is fair and honorable.
It is much easier to
surrender than fight. Unfortunately, we and future generations will have to live
with Netanyahu’s misguided policies.
Shoham Money woes
Some readers might be unduly alarmed by “The US taxman cometh to Israel, with a
vengeance” (Frontlines, August 23).
The note I got from the Internal
Revenue Service was that foreign accounts held by American citizens need to be
reported if the balance is over $10,000.
Many readers probably have
accounts with less than that!
DAVID LLOYD KLEPPER
Jerusalem Blame it on Israel
Sir, – Many years ago I was a very proud Jew, knowing that I was of this minute
race that through cunning manipulation ruled the world. But this feeling has
faded over the years.
Enter Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a brilliant feat of
deduction, the Turkish prime minister connected the dots leading from the words
of French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy at a 2011 symposium in Tel Aviv
to the recent ouster of Egypt’s president (“Erdogan blames Israel for Morsi’s
downfall,” August 21).
This super-intelligent analysis of
Jewish/Israeli/Zionist influence and power should not go unrewarded.
nominate Erdogan for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, and also for the Nobel
Peace Prize. At the very least he should be knighted by the queen.
thanks, Sir Erdogan, for restoring my faith in my clan, knowing that through
deception, duplicity and sheer chutzpah we still rule the world.I. SRUL
Sir, – Based on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s
pronouncement, one can now be absolutely certain that notwithstanding the many
Muslim and Arab statements, that they wish to wipe Israel off the map, they
really do not mean it! After all, who would they have to blame for all the
upheavals of terrorism, murders and natural disasters in the Muslim world? It is
truly remarkable how some 1.2 billion Muslims are being manipulated by Israel, a
small nation of only seven million (of which some 18 percent are, in fact,
Toronto Or blame Obama
Sir, – The situation in this
region is going from bad to worse, to a great extent due to the mistakes made by
US President Barack Obama. He threw the settlement issue into the
Israel-Palestine equation out of the blue, betraying his allies. He betrayed
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and drew red lines regarding Syria that he then does
Does this mean Obama has to give back his Nobel Peace
Prize? CECILIA HENRY
Kfar Bialik Shameful history
Sir, – Lest we forget the
pedigree of racist mindsets among the elite of early Israel, Chaim Weizmann,
Israel’s first president, had no qualms about expressing his opinion about
grades of humanity.
Weizmann told the New Judea magazine in fall of 1937:
“Millions of Jews are dust on the wheels of history that will have to be blown
away. They must accept their fate.” He was speaking about white, European dust!
How much more disdain, then, for more swarthy Jewish dust! (And to our national
sorrow, the administration of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion,
made sure this spirit was cemented into the foundations of the state.) Seth J.
Frantzman has done us a service in tweezing out this shameful history (“The
invention of Israeli ethnicism,” Terra Incognita, August 21).
a man-made record full of tracks, and there is a constant process of covering up
and uncovering the truth. Truth has to battle public fictions that earlier
powers decreed.DAVID SCHOLEM