Merely an excuse
Sir, – Regarding “Arab League decides to turn to UN for
resolution against settlement building” (December 16), when Yasser Arafat signed
the 1993 Oslo Accords, which officially were a declaration of principles on
interim self-government for the Palestinians, there were no pre-conditions and
no mention of a stop in settlement building.
Today, the issue of
settlements is just an excuse, and it is obvious to all that the other side is
running out of excuses.HELA CROWN-TAMIR
Neve Ilan Making assumptions?
Sir, – I have come to expect anti- Semitic articles in the world press, but not
in The Jerusalem Post.
In “Winners, pay up!” (December 16), there was no
mention of anyone’s religion or mode of practice with the exception of one who
is assumed to be an Orthodox Jew based on her former place of
We need unity if we are to have a future.AVRAHAM
Jerusalem/New York Need for Kadima
Sir, – Referring to “Conversion bill
passes first hurdle – but could it break up coalition?” (December 16), would
that be such a bad thing? It is my feeling that without Shas (and perhaps Israel
Beiteinu as well), Prime Minister Netanyahu could put together a much better and
abler coalition with Kadima (giving it, of course, its fair share of the
goodies). That way, Labor could remain inside without constantly having to
Or, perhaps it’s time to go to new elections? Surely, a new
government with Likud and Kadima sharing power, and without Shas and Israel
Beitenu, could do a much better job than the present government.
now, everyone seems to know the right thing to do, but no one is ready to do it.
Is that a government? LEONARD ZURAKOV
Netanya Derfner astonishes
Sir, – I have
just read Larry Derfner’s column (“Goodbye Obama, hello world,” Rattling the
Cage, December 16) and was astonished to learn that Israel has so many friends –
indeed, virtually no enemies at all. That Argentina and Brazil deserve our
gratitude for recognizing a Palestinian state. That the 26 former EU leaders are
great supporters of Israel. That delegitimization is a function of Israel’s
Clearly, the only enemies Israel has are its own elected
government and those who support it.RABBI MACY A. GORDON
– When Larry Derfner writes “the whole democratic world has recognized the
Palestinians’ right to statehood within the pre-1967 borders,” he does violence
to the truth.
The 1948 cease-fire lines never evolved into recognized and
internationally accepted borders. The Khartoum Conference after the Six Day War
confirmed this with its “three no’s,” and just last month PA President Abbas
said the Palestinians would never accept Israel as a Jewish State.
would argue that Israel’s assertion of sovereignty over these historic lands is
as reasonable as the Arabs’ claims. Further, a policy of political strength is
exactly what the democratic world (and the Muslim world)
Sir, – Regarding Larry Derfner’s
latest column, a return to the 1967 border would put Ben-Gurion Airport within
shoulder-held missile range.
The Palestinians already have their own
country. Jordan is within the legal borders of Palestine, according to
international law. It is large enough to easily absorb all the Arabs living in
Judea, Samaria and Gaza.DAVID LEE
On the bright side
Sir, – In
your December 16 paper, you report that a “Jewish complex in east Jerusalem may
end up in Palestinian hands.” This could be the consequence of the developer’s
willingness to sell to a Palestinian businessman, who might market the unsold
units to Arabs.
Bemunah, a national-religious developer, is presently
attempting to buy the remaining land to prevent the isolation of the project’s
present Jewish population. Perhaps, had the unfortunate letter by municipal
rabbis adjudicating that Jews not sell or rent property to Arabs been couched in
positive terms, whereby Jews should strive to settle their homeland and not bow
to financial enticement, it wouldn’t have led to such violent
In the previous day’s paper, Ray Hanania recalled that in his
neighborhood in Chicago, after the first family of blacks moved in, the white
people, Jews and Arabs alike, sold their homes to get as much money as possible
and then move (“A life with no shame,” Yalla Peace). When they did so, “it was
with a heavy sense of shame.”
The efforts of Bemunah emphasize pride and
the avoidance of shame.TUVIA MUSKIN
Rehovot It could happen
Regarding “Between open discourse and silenced opposition” (Comment &
Features, December 15), I thoroughly endorse free thoughts and free speech, as
well as protests against illegal actions by the government or anyone
But what will happen if Saudi Arabia decides to bankroll thousands,
tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Arab Muslims to purchase
houses and land in Israel at twice the value (or even more) of the properties?
What will happen to our Jewish and democratic country? I don’t think this is
It is a true statement of what could
Petah Tikva Beautiful but tiresome
Sir, – Alon
Pinkas writes so beautifully (“The speech Obama should make in the Knesset next
year,” Comment & Features, December 14). Ultimately, though, his piece is a
tiresome reiteration of the fantasy of the Left, and here’s why:
1. While it
imagines Israel’s connection with the US based on a shared sense of manifest
destiny, one must remember that the US created its own doctrine only 200 years
ago – and then promptly murdered or exiled anyone in its way. Pinkas’s notion is
that Israel should divide its tiny country and continue to provide a state for
its own Arabs, while making the West Bank judenrein despite the fact that our
manifest destiny was not selfcreated, but ordained by God and is over 3,000
2. The notion that President Obama could make reliable
promises to Israel has been dashed, most notably by WikiLeaks.
has he reneged on the Bush letter of understanding and proved unable to put
Hillary Clinton’s promises to Israel in writing, but the recent leaks have shown
the continuing and pandemic duplicity of the State Department.
Finally, even Pinkas cannot conjure up the notion that our Palestinian
“partners” would recognize us as a Jewish state and pledge to live in peace.
When the Palestinians realistically commit themselves to peace, demilitarizing
and recognizing us for what we truly are, it will not take a speech from the
American president to obtain an agreement.CHAIM A. ABRAMOWITZ
Sir, – Tzahi Hanegbi’s equation of the failure of the soccer
team, the failure of the computers and the failure of the police (“The ‘mehdal’
we urgently need to fix,” Comment & Features, December 13) may be a strong
indication as to why he has been ousted from the political arena.
is unable to distinguish between losing a soccer match and losing a rapist, his
values and judgment are truly warped.JUDITH SCHMELL