Sir, – We have heard enough warnings to do us a lifetime (“PM
issues stern warnings to Lebanon, Hamas over attacks,” August 5). The enemy
ignores Prime Minister Netanyahu’s threats – quite rightly. If he had just once
kept his word and gone after them as hard as he promised to do after he took
office, we would not be in the position we are now in.
Sir, – The recent incident on the border with Lebanon raises some
important questions regarding UNIFIL’s actions in ensuring implementation of
Security Council Resolution 1701 (“IDF commander killed in worst clashes on
Lebanon border since 2006 war,” August 4).
First, as the IDF had
coordinated its entry into the area, why were there no UNIFIL people at the site
to ensure the safety of our troops? Second, when UNIFIL soldiers finally
appeared, why did they tell the IDF, and not the Lebanese, to stop? Are we to
assume that there is collusion between UNIFIL and the Lebanese army/Hizbullah? EMANUEL FISCHER
Sir, – The Foreign Ministry released the text of a
letter sent to the UN secretary-general complaining about the incident near
Misgav Am on Tuesday, in which an IDF battalion commander was shot dead by a
There were two serious spelling mistakes – “compoany
commander” and “provicative violations.”
If this was the letter as
delivered, it should be regarded as an embarrassment.
We are not a Third
World country. If nothing else, a letter such as this can be checked efficiently
and quickly on a computer’s spell check. If that fails, show the draft to a
native English speaker before the letter is sent.EDGAR ASHER
Nothing else has worked Sir, – Regarding “Noam Schalit to Palestinians: Pressure
Hamas to agree to prisoner swap” (August 4), there is no outside pressure that
will force Hamas to release Schalit.
I have a suggestion. For four years,
the soldier has been entombed in a dark cellar room, not seeing the sunlight and
unvisited by the Red Cross. God knows what else has been imposed upon
The Arab terrorists we have captured live in fairly comfortable
circumstances, have TV, exercise in open courtyards and enjoy family visits,
just as any Israeli prisoner. If we were to impose on them the same living
conditions imposed on Schalit, there would be a tremendous outcry from their
They want their sons back as much as we want Schalit
They would be joined by thousands of unemployed, repressed and
frustrated Gazans who resent the dictatorial rule of Hamas. They would chant
“Free Schalit to get our sons back!” Hamas would be unable – ruthless as it is –
to oppose this popular demand. It would have to free Schalit.
there would be a terrible outcry from our own breast beaters that we are
stooping to the level of our barbarian enemies.
But if they have any
other plan to free Schalit, let them state it! ELIEZER WHARTMAN
Sir, – Seth J. Frantzman’s “Wonderfully scripted propaganda” (August 4)
validates a saga that was propagated initially by illegal foreign workers –
parents of the children designated for deportation – and sadly manifests itself
in many Western countries where impoverished migrants desperately seek to
improve their lives.
As one door closes another opens, and hundreds of
permits are issued to legal workers each month – which begs the question as to
what motivates the government when there are obviously so many idle migrants in
Israel seeking job opportunities.
It seems evident that corruption and
greed are well ensconced within the bureaucracy and need to be
outed.GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Pardesiya Silly hopes
Sir, – “Israel hopes
flotilla panel will reduce tensions with Turkey” (August 3). How preposterous!
Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan has shown his unabashed hatred for Israel
before, during and after the flotilla. There is enough evidence to show that the
Turkish citizens on the boat planned and executed the attack on non-violent
Israel should push its claim against Turkey’s homicidal
“peace mongers” and not look to kiss and make up. Considering our government’s
supine posture, one would think it would know which way is up.AVIGDOR
Jerusalem Karsh piece instructive
Sir, – The opinion piece by
Prof. Efraim Karsh regarding the history of the British in the Middle
East (“Shimon Peres versus the Brits,” August 3) offers a much-needed
Successive Israeli governments have long neglected to state
the facts about Jewish rights to a viable state and how the British derailed the
approved Mandate plan in an attempt to curry favor with the Arabs. How ironic
that at a time when England was suffering devastation from nightly aerial
bombing forays by the Germans, the British government favored the anti-Jewish
demand of the Muslim religious leader, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a friend
and supporter of Hitler and his final solution for the Jews! We should also
remember that not only did the British fail in their Mandate mission to
facilitate the creation of a Jewish state, they also abstained during the
critical UN vote in 1947 that led to Israel’s birth as a nation. Another
noteworthy fact is that until that year, Jews who lived in these territories
were known as “Palestinians,” whereas the Arabs did not adopt that
identification until much later, and for political expediency.
why people who are unaware of the region’s history may have the impression that
Israel was created on Arab land, which is not so.CHANA GIVON
Jerusalem Shame on Israel
Sir, – Regarding “Israel decides to deport 400 children of
foreign workers” (August 2), it is not only unjust and not Jewish, it will
further tarnish Israel’s public image.
How can Israel be a light unto the
nations when it shows disrespect for the integrity of the family? Whether the
family is legal, Jewish, Israeli or not, it is the core of all that is
Skokie, Illinois Cyber-plea from Iran
Sir, – I’d
like to provide you with distressing news about Iranian bloggers.
Saber is a photo blogger who, during the events after last year’s presidential
election, diligently took pictures of protests and shared them with the world
via his Flicker account. He was arrested last month and is still in prison
without any charges having been filed.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, known as
Babak Khorramdin and a member of Iran Proxy group, was arrested more than eight
months ago and was tortured into making false confessions. Iran Proxy was an
underground group dedicated to combatting Internet censorship in Iran during the
Fariborz Shamshiri, a well-known English-language
blogger, has long been receiving death threats.
Shamshiri writes in
Rotten Gods and Stop Torturing Us. He is a critic of the government and the
theocracy. His blog was famous among readers abroad for its postelection
coverage of the protests.
These three cases are just a small sample of
Iranian bloggers who either have been jailed or are being threatened with death.
We, Iranian cyberspace activists, want Iran to end the threats and intimidation,
and to end the dictatorship in the online environment.NAME WITHHELD