Sir, – Right-on Ron Dermer (“Netanyahu to ‘NYT’: Take a hike,”
December 16)! It’s about time someone punched the schoolyard bully in the
We’ve suffered too long putting up with The New York Times’s
hypocritical, insidious liberal blabber.
While agreeing that The New York Times has not appeared to be pro-Israel in
either its editorials or its op-ed columns for some time, I believe it is
extremely short-sighted of our prime minister to eschew the opportunity to
express the positive aspects of Israeli actions and policies in any media,
especially those that appear to be hostile.LEONARD WOLF
This timely material brings to mind the suggestion that The New York Times
change its slogan from “All the news that’s fit to print” to “All the news we
print gives fits.”ZEV KOSSIN
Sir, – Isn’t it about time
you yourself tell The New York Times
to take a hike and replace the NYT
you use with that of the Wall Street Journal
? MALCOLM DASH
Zichron Ya’acov …or
Sir, – Thomas Friedman’s take on the US-Israel relationship in his
December 13 New York Times column “Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir” is based on
the false assumption that the Palestinians deserve a state of their own. The
issue is not statehood. The issue is peace, and the Palestinians have shown no
regard for any solution that countenances a Jewish state.
routinely take to the streets in support of peace, how does Friedman explain the
conspicuous absence of any grassroots peace movement among the Palestinians?
Where is the Palestinian Peace Now? Where are the imams sermonizing for peace?
Why aren’t Palestinian mothers marching in Ramallah demanding an end to
incitement that teaches their children to commit suicide? Can Friedman identify
a single concession proposed by the PA to advance the peace process? Friedman
would like us to think he is one of a handful of rational defenders of
Whom does he think he is kidding? He is an appeaser. He is
motivated by fear and, as Winston Churchill pointed out, exemplifies how “the
malice of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the
Friedman is right about one thing: He doesn’t speak for
American Jews.ALAN B. KATZ
Melville, New York
Sir – Your December 16
editorial “Friedman is wrong” is strong and truthful about the role of The New
, and specifically columnist Tom Friedman.
long had a
reputation as a paper designed for truth and intellect. It is now a paper of
left-wing ideology. The overwhelming majority of its columnists are left wing.
One of the worst offenders in terms of bias and lack of comprehension is
Friedman is full of bravado but short on knowing that he and
many others have never dealt with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the
Middle East and what it means for Western nations to battle a civilization that
is totally different in ideology.
It is time for his paper to once again
be one of truth and importance.TOBY WILLIG
Sir, – Your
editorial included the following statement in the fourth paragraph: “The
settlements are a consequence of the conflict, not its cause.”
like to retract this statement? It implies that Zionism is a consequence of Arab
Do you really mean that? GIL LIEBERMAN
Ginot Shomron Their
Sir, – Regarding “We won’t let extremists spark a war” (December
16), today’s problem has roots in our recent past.
It began in 1993 when
the Oslo Accords passed the Knesset by one vote. That vote was purchased with
autos and cabinetrank positions for two members of the now-defunct Tsomet
Our youth saw their leaders violate the law.
followed this with an era of capitulation. Some 10,000 Jews living in Gush Katif
were evicted from their homes and thriving businesses, which were destroyed
while they watched. Thousands of missiles subsequently rained down on our
southern towns and cities. Our youth saw this and learned from hypocritical
The first step to correct this situation is to cease all
destruction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. Second, plan out this
territory for the construction of attractive communities. First priority should
go to the victims of Gush Katif, who should be subsidized.
introduce a new term into our political vocabulary: justice.CHAYIM
Jerusalem Not all like that
Sir, – I consider myself a God-fearing Jewish
woman who tries to keep Torah and mitzvot. That said, I want the secular public
to know that many, many people like myself are absolutely outraged by
self-styled haredim who are anything but. I know many haredi people who just
want to live quiet and decent lives without bothering others who do things
I am also outraged at the way a small sub-group of youth
coming from Judea and Samaria are acting recklessly and dangerously toward our
army and others who do not agree with them. And I am outraged by the silence of
I grew up with rabbis. I am from a rabbinical family. Rabbis lead
and speak up and set people straight. They don’t remain silent when they see
wrong being done.
I say to your readers: Please don’t look at people from
the observant public and decide that because of the way they dress they must
also be from these fringe groups or agree with their tactics. I know right from
wrong, and so do most people who call themselves observant.YEHUDIT SPERO
Beit Shemesh Just detour
Sir, – Regarding “Mugrabi Bridge reopens, with
fortification planned next week” (December 15), there is an alternative to
rebuilding and using the bridge to the Temple Mount’s Mugrabi Gate that is
cheaper, more secure and easier to access: the Chain Gate.
One can easily
access the Chain Gate directly from David Street, from the Jewish Quarter or
from the Western Wall plaza.
There is a police station at the site that
can provide security.
An elevator can be installed from the plaza to
provide access for the handicapped and elderly.
There would be no need to
interfere with archeological excavations, and the area for women at the Western
Wall could be expanded.MOSHE DANN
Jerusalem Jewel in the crown
Sir, – As
the year 2011 draws to a close and amid a flood of heavily critical letters to
your newspaper concerning journalists and the content of their articles, I have
been struck by the jewel in the The Jerusalem Post
’s crown: Greer Fay
Even though I hale from a country where “gossip columnist” is a
term of thinly-veiled abuse, this lady confounds that view by repeatedly
producing pages of consummate skill, interest, novelty and erudition, one of the
latest (“A Murder that remains a mystery,” Grapevine, December 14) being a
perfect case in point.
Long may she and the Post
continue to produce such
articles of quality, even though they are sometimes to be found hiding among
gems of gossip.STANLEY COHEN