Like small children
Sir, – Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said he
hoped that by appointing the next chief of the Israel Police he would “bring
calm and stabilize the police following recent turmoil” (“Danino appointed
police chief,” December 20).
It looks like Aharonovitch will have his
work cut out for him. You reported that the three mostsenior leaders of
the force were in his office before the announcement – each one a potential
police chief, and each responsible for upholding the law – and yet, like small
children, they had their cellphones confiscated to prevent leaks to the
They could not be trusted to follow simple protocol and basic
commands. The dedicated police officers of this great country – not to mention
its citizens – deserve better.YAMIN GOLDSMITH
Beit Shemesh Sad, but
Sir, – By donating organs from his son Gilad, it may seem that Yossi
Sherman (“Lung and kidney recipient agrees to donate organs of dead son,”
December 20) did a commendable act. But this is not so.
rabbinic law, a body that has had its organs taken out cannot be buried properly
since it is not a complete body. This is considered disrespectful to the dead,
especially since Gilad apparently had not left any legal documents agreeing to
such an act.
Yes, I am aware that his organs are saving the lives of
others, but this has been done in an immoral way.
My deepest sympathies
to Yossi Sherman for his loss. I just wish this had not been done.HUDIS
Jerusalem Hardly Churchillian
Sir, – In “More Yitzhak Shamir than
Winston Churchill” (Reality Check, December 20), Jeff Barak writes about our
Lack of leadership... waste of time... wants to block
rather than promote peace... and other compliments.
Could it be that
Barak doesn’t like Netanyahu? All this from a dyed-in-the-wool leftist is
unsurprising, but what is a little eye-opening is Barak’s inability to provide
one piece of evidence for his assertions. I am not a Likud supporter, nor did I
vote for the present prime minister, but simple repetition doesn’t make
What is true? Netanyahu, against all his previous
beliefs and policies, froze absolutely all building in the whole of the West
Bank. Did Abu Mazen immediately rush to the bargaining table to exploit every
precious second, like a peace-thirsty champion of the oppressed? Did the PA for
a second give credit to a right-wing government that went farther than any
previous government had gone? Much more likely is that the party that is
actually responsible for the frozen process, for intransigence, for
disingenuousness, for dishonesty and for “failing to understand that a
diplomatic freeze will eventually lead to disaster” is Fatah.
we are the sole arbiters of events, and only our actions have significance.
Certainly, he’s more Barak than Churchill.ANTHONY LUDER
Rosh Pina He’s
not a victim
Sir, – I am writing in response to the article written by Jeremy
Ruden (“The goyim and us,” Comment & Features, December 20) in which he
disagrees with the letter by respected rabbis regarding Jews who rent or sell
land in Israel to non-Jews.
As someone who has personally experienced the
hatred of an Arab neighbor and has siblings who have been attacked by the same
neighbor although we lived in a Jewish neighborhood, I can say that what these
great rabbis propose is a fantastic idea.
Since Rubin apparently never
was such a victim, I ask that he please not put down these great scholars’
Jerusalem Appalled by reaction
Sir, – I was appalled
to read the flow of letters agreeing with the infamous letter by a number of
“eminent” rabbis (“Not in my backyard,” Letters, December 20). I was sickened to
see how many closet fascists live among us and call themselves Jews (even
Until now my impression had been that most Jews felt as
bad as I did. I can only hope that there will be a similar outpouring of
feelings, like mine, that prove to the general public that not all Jews are
secret fascists.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Sir, – I was born in Britain. I
lived in a suburb where our street was mainly Jewish. In the ’60s, when the
blacks started to move in, the Jews started to move out. My father said he
didn’t care who lived next door as long as they were quiet.
I agree with
my father. Not all Arabs want to kill us. Most of then, I would imagine, want to
live normal lives.
Perhaps these rabbis would prefer criminals or
pedophiles living next door? MARY SHERMAN
Tel Aviv Layout lesson
Sir, – Barry
Rubin (“Who ‘likes’ Islamic groups?,” The Region, December 20) warns that the
West is slumbering as radical Islam is winning in four crucial Arab
On the same page, Tzachi Hanegbi (“A double freeze in
Washington”) opines about our local diplomatic process.
issue presents the greater danger, Rubin’s reasoned warning most surely should
have appeared above the fold rather than that of Hanegbi.ESTER ZEITLIN
Jerusalem Earn that headline
Sir, – Ma’aleh Adumim is surrounded by vast
stretches of arid desert in which even the hardiest of trees can be grown only
with artificial irrigation. It is also a city bursting at the seams. The
residents who moved here 20 or 30 years ago as young couples now have four or
five children of marriage age, many of whom would love to live here but are
excluded by the high prices.
A bold announcement of the intention to
build a few thousand homes in Ma’aleh Adumim would have an immediate and
positive affect on both rental and property prices. This would truly warrant the
headline “Gov’t tackles the housing shortage” (Business & Finance, December
17).STEPHEN S. COHEN
Ma’aleh Adumim Little faith
Sir, – I believe our
soldiers often have the capability, but when they are sent to war with
instructions only to contain the enemy, they have lost even before the battle
begins (“‘We will know how to smash them,’” Security and Defense, December 17).
Therefore, I have absolutely no faith in such talk as portrayed in the
Another reason for my lack of faith is “IDF pooches team up
with vacuum cleaners to detect explosives at checkpoints” (December 14). In line
with Israel’s efforts to ease restrictions on Palestinians and enable faster
passage at checkpoints, the officers of Oketz admit “there is no question that
the best way is to stick a dog’s head in the car, but we want to make things
easier, faster and more effective.”
If it was not so pathetic it would be
laughable, so pardon me if I have little faith in “smashing our
Netanya Is this a joke?
Sir, – As a religious Jew
I found “Coming of age, in more ways than one” (Bookmark, December 12) to be
highly insensitive and insulting, especially coming from a Jewish
It is absurd to suggest that a “book mitzva” may exist, and even
be so forward as to involve a rabbi.
Additionally, the content of this
book provides a negative portrayal of what could possibly be a beautiful Jewish
home, persuading readers as it does to side with a selfish, immature
This funny, Freudian and engaging tale makes a mockery of a
beautiful Jewish tradition.ELIZABETH CARMEN