Words of wisdom
Sir, – Your article “First group of PA prisoners to be released
mid-August” (August 4) includes the latest words of wisdom from our justice
minister, Tzipi Livni: “My impression was that... the Palestinian party did not
enter the room in order to blame Israel.... This will be their test; anybody who
enters the room knows roughly how [talks] should end.”
Palestinian Authority and US Secretary of State John Kerry know how the talks
should end, and if they have anything to do with it, which they will, Jerusalem
will cease to be our eternal and undivided capital, there will be a terrorist
state known as Palestine that will eventually take over all of Israel, and Jews
once more will be forcibly expelled from their homes to become refugees in their
The people who should refuse to accept how the talks will end
are us. Has a people ever been more humiliated by its own prime minister? YENTEL
Sir, – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his government
should be ashamed and condemned for the reckless decision to release murderers
to appease US and Arab interests and coax Israel’s antagonists to talk
Unless they find a way to cancel this abomination and blight upon
Israel’s conscience, many more innocent Israelis will face death at the hands of
terrorists as our enemies become emboldened to continue their violent opposition
to any Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.
Sir, – US President Barack Obama has pushed and pulled and exerted his
charm and enormous pressure. He has met with success, getting Israel and the
Palestinians to meet together.
These negotiations will be the fulfillment
of Obama’s dreams – he will have earned, finally, the Nobel Peace Prize awarded
to him at the start of his first term.
He has given the negotiators nine
months to come up with the plan he wants so much. Of course, that would bring
the plan to the public before the 2014 mid-term US elections, and the president
will campaign for others on the fact that he was able to do the impossible and
make his ideas acceptable to the Israelis.
I cannot foresee in any way
that Obama’s ideas will bring peace and security to Israel. Perhaps we in Israel
had better prepare ourselves for the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed
to make Israel less secure, a less viable country and less able to defend itself
by agreeing to Obama’s visions.
The question for all of us is why?
WILLIG Jerusalem Shades of gray
Sir, – Martin Sherman (“Resign, just resign!”
Into the Fray, August 2) thoroughly castigates our prime minister for either
failing to implement the policy the writer believes in or implementing a policy
he does not believe in.
In Sherman’s world, once a political position has
been taken, you are stuck with it.
Alter your posture, adapt to changing
circumstances and you have betrayed your principles.
But the world of
politics is not black and white. It is many shades of gray.
principles are one thing, political tactics quite another.
Netanyahu has declared that the security of Israel and its citizens is a basic
principle he would never compromise.
But he is astute enough to see where
he needs to bend a little in Israel’s best interests.
Sherman has no
means of knowing where Yitzhak Rabin would stand, were he alive today, nor
indeed how the forthcoming peace negotiations will develop. Is he fearful that
if a peace accord is finally hammered out and put to the Israeli electorate in a
referendum, Netanyahu will receive the majority support he seeks?
Beit Shemesh Haggadah flub
Sir, – On Sunday, August 4, you reprinted a partial
Haggadah for the Passover holiday in the second section of the newspaper (“‘Dry
Bones’ goes to the Seder”).
In doing so and leaving the original content
in Hebrew with the name of God spelled out, you created a holy document that
cannot be taken into a bathroom or thrown out with the garbage. Pages on which
God’s name is spelled out in Hebrew must be collected for proper
Please do your best to avoid this problem in the
YECHIEL AARON Hashmonaim The Editor responds:
We regret the
inclusion of holy texts in the section on the Dry Bones Haggadah and apologize
if the pages offended readers.Subjugation
Sir, – In your August 1 issue
there were two items with the same astounding theme.
(“Non-Muslims banned from Mount till after Ramadan”) said that a Jewish presence
on the Temple Mount during Ramadan and even Tisha Be’av might irritate Muslim
So, barring religious people from the area on religious holidays
applies solely to Jews.
The second (“The Shfaram case,” Editorial)
described the judicial travesty of consistently treating Muslims who murder Jews
with leniency by calling intentional murder manslaughter and passing lesser
sentences. Of course, the unstated implication is that a just verdict would
cause Muslims to react violently.
The thematic message is that Jews are
intimidated by Muslims and bow in subjugation merely to the threat of violence,
regardless of the subversion of justice and denial of equal rights for the
country’s Jewish citizens.
The frustration and outrage stems from the
fact that we are teaching Muslims the very lesson they teach their children –
that it is acceptable for Muslims to bully, attack and even murder
Why do we tolerate compliance in our own demise?
Sir, – I was most interested in the Haifa District Court’s ruling on
the Shfaram case (“Four Israeli Arabs convicted of attempted manslaughter in
lynching of Jewish terrorist,” July 30).
On the one hand, Eden Natan Zada
was a murderer. On the other, the mob that killed him was set on vengeance. The
report crammed a lot of important distinctions into too little space.
court is quoted as saying: “Vengeance is for God, and punishment is the function
of the state.” We see all around us the results of past and ongoing beliefs in
the legitimacy of vengeance. I would really appreciate some discussion of this
in both Jewish and Muslim thought.
HELEN LEVENSTON Jerusalem CORRECTION
The Jerusalem Wine Festival (“Raising a glass to Israeli wines in Jerusalem,”
Arts & Entertainment, August 4) will take place August 5-8, and not as
stated.APOLOGY The Jerusalem Post
regrets the inclusion of factual
errors and misrepresentations in “IDF soldier goes from cleaning boots to
wearing them” (July 29).
• The subject of the article was Noami
Silberman, not Silverman.
• Contrary to what was written, Silberman
spoke, read and wrote Hebrew when she made aliya; she was never required to take
Hebrew lessons in order to serve in the army.
• Silberman never indicated
that serving in the air force had been “too difficult.” She wanted the
opportunity to be a combat soldier.
• The article erroneously referred to
a 5,000-kilometer run. It should have been 5,000- meter run.
never denigrated her tasks in logistics and never indicated that she had been
treated like a “Cinderella” or that the work she did had been
Our apology extends to Naomi Silberman, her unit, commanders