No to Egypt’s troops
Sir, – Before giving their approval, I think the cabinet and the Knesset, if so required, should take a very long and careful look at the possible introduction of additional Egyptian troops (“Rivlin: Egyptian request for more troops in Sinai may need Knesset approval,” August 28).
The introduction of such troops would violate the Israel- Egypt peace treaty and establish a dangerous precedent. In addition, it seems highly unwise to alter the treaty at a time as fluid and volatile as the present.
In principle, it is a serious strategic error to depend on foreign troops for the integrity of our borders. It could, in fact, turn out to be deadly. We, and nobody else, must be responsible for our borders, something we have not done well for several years.AMRAM YOSEF
Petah Tikva Others need it more
Sir, – With regard to the letter from Gavriel Sivan (“Entirely
predictable,” August 28) in which he is critical of UNRWA, it seems to
me that millions of starving Africans could make better use of it.
I am amazed that the various African states in the UN don’t propose the
transfer of UNRWA aid and programs to help those who are truly in need.JOSHUA J. ADLER
Sir, – After Adam Shay accurately analyzes the Fatah-PA attitude toward
negotiations with Israel in clear and absolute terms (“Gridlock on the
road to September, Comment & Features, August 28), he unfortunately
presents us, perhaps inadvertently, with some misleading impressions.
Shay describes the Palestinian position by saying that “dialogue and
ventures promoting coexistence are banned, and Palestinians may not
partake in any such activities.” He then, however, continues by saying
that “normalization between Israelis and Palestinians will only be
possible after Israel unilaterally withdraws from the territories.”
The Palestinians have most forcefully demonstrated that the folly of a
unilateral withdrawal, as took place in Gaza, not only does not lead to
normalization, but continues to demand too high a price in Israeli lives
Sir, – It was with great pleasure and pride that I read “Feisty Uruguay
wins respect from neighbors, investors” (Business & Finance, August
During a recent trip, we learned of the special ties between Uruguay and Israel.
Among South American countries, Uruguay has the largest percentage of
Jews, per capita, who have come on aliya. It was the fourth country to
officially recognize Israel and the first to receive an Israeli
ambassador, Yitzhak Navon.
It is the only country in South America that has an official national memorial to victims of the Holocaust in its capital city.
On driving through Montevideo, we passed Golda Meir Square, a monument
to Albert Einstein and the Israeli Embassy with its flag flying.
In many ways, this tiny country of 3.3 million people mirrors Israel. It left us with warm and deep feelings.
Sir, – As a third-generation Jewish American I am appalled at the
concessions to the Red Cross by Magen David Adom (“An SOS for MDA,”
Editorial, August 26).
I have never supported the Red Cross because it is a corrupt, political and anti-Semitic organization.
However I have, as circumstances permitted, donated to MDA.
I am proud to see the Star of David when it’s displayed at disaster scenes all over the World.
Without that symbol I would be reluctant to spend my money on an organization without a backbone.EDWARD TRIEFLER
Sir, – The following is part of an e-mail sent to me by my father, who
grew up in New York in the 1920s and served in the US Army in World War
“Since World War 2, I have not donated one nickel to the Red Cross. When
I was in school we had to bring a nickel to donate to the Red Cross
Your name was put on a board so that kids who didn’t have the money would be aware. It wasn’t fair, but that was then.
“When I was in the Army the Red Cross never gave us something for free.
We always had to pay for doughnuts, coffee, treats. Strange as it may
seem, the Salvation Army was there giving us stuff wherever we went. I
have never forgotten that, and every Xmas I donate to the SA.
“So join the few of us who know the whole story of the Red Cross. Israel doesn’t need them.”
Let’s stop being afraid and show some courage. Put the Star of David back on those ambulances and be proud of it! LAURIE ROSENBERG
Mediate the way
Sir, – Ten years ago, a doctors’ strike was settled with an agreement that there would be no strikes in the following decade.
No sooner had this interval elapsed, a more prolonged strike commenced.
Now, the settlement includes an agreement not to strike for the next
eight years (“Long doctors’ dispute ends with nine-year accord,” August
One does not need to be a prophet to predict that immediately after this interval, a further strike will start.
The successful ending of the present strike was due to the excellent
mediation by an expert. This shows that an alternative to strikes would
be arbitration, where the decision of the arbitrators would be binding
on both parties.MONTY M. ZION
The writer is a retired physician
Sir, – Kudos to The Jerusalem Post
for having published the recent opinion piece by Maurice Ostroff (“The
doctors’ strike: There is a better way,” Comment & Features, August
8) urging the sides to settle the strike by arbitration. Evidently, the
sensible suggestion was accepted and within a short time the 158-day
strike was settled to the satisfaction of both the Treasury and the
Can we hope that this is a forerunner of better conflict resolution in the future?
The good and bad
Sir, – I was amazed to read “Happy birthday, Mr. Peres!” (Savir’s Corner, August 26).
Topping a long list of exaggerations is Uri Savir’s statement that “in
1985 [Peres] brought inflation down from 1,000% to 0,” which is not true
– the job was done by Yitzhak Moda’i.
Worst of all was Peres’s backing of the Oslo Accords. Oslo, as history
proves, was a curse, not a blessing. It was engineered without the
knowledge of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who exploded, accusing Peres
of stabbing him in the back. We are paying the price today.
Peres has quite a few achievements to his credit. However, as Savir
writes, “After our victories at war, Peres began to view the Arabs as
potential good neighbors.”
Despite everything, he still does, advocating concession after concession to appease them.
Israel wishes Shimon Peres a happy birthday. But let us acknowledge his failures as well as his achievements.ELIEZER WHARTMAN
Sir, – Please allow me to correct a statement you made concerning St.
Andrews University (“Scottish university student convicted for
desecrating Israeli flag,” August 26).
You said it is in Edinburgh. It is not. St. Andrews is roughly 50 miles
north of Edinburgh and separated from it by a wide and sometimes stormy
estuary. It is Scotland’s oldest university and is shortly to celebrate
its foundation 600 years ago.
The writer, like his father and two uncles, is a graduate of St. Andrews University