Handle with care
MARK L. LEVINSON
Sir, – With regard to “Passengers escape Bat Yam bus shortly
before bomb explodes” (December 23), readers should certainly emulate bus
passenger David Pappo in reporting suspicious objects, such as the unattended
bag on the Bat Yam bus. But they should not open them. A bomb can be wired to
explode when the package containing it is opened.
Herzliya Important fact
Sir, – With reference to “US spying gives momentum to
effort to free Jonathan Pollard” (December 23) and many other articles on the
same matter, I should like to recall that at the time of trial, Caspar
Weinberger, the American secretary of defense, swore he would fix things so that
Pollard would never, under any circumstances, be set free.
I find it odd
that no one mentions this very important fact.R. RAUCHWERGER
Sir, – In “Jews, Muslims, Christians rally in Jerusalem against
‘price tag’ attacks” (December 23), Tovah Lazaroff quotes the demonstrators as
demanding that these attacks be classified as acts of terrorism.
wholeheartedly that the police should do whatever is necessary to prevent these
despicable acts – though to equate them with terror attacks, where people are
actually killed or injured, smacks of hyperbole.
Since apart from a few
out-of-control teenagers nobody has been apprehended, it is possible that the
police are looking in the wrong places. If one considers who actually gains from
such attacks, it is clearly the innocent victims whose plight arouses almost
universal sympathy. So it is not beyond the bounds of probability that these
crimes are being committed by Palestinian agents provocateurs or their “useful
idiot” Jewish allies of the Left.
Perhaps, if the police follow this line
of reasoning they will be more successful in catching the
offenders.MARTIN D. STERN
Salford, UK Missing data
Sir, – In “Integrated
schools: An island of hope for a pluralistic society” (Comment & Features,
December 23), Aliza Gershon tells us everything except specific facts about the
schools. Where are they located? How many pupils attend? What grade levels are
covered? What is the rate of growth of their enrollment? And most importantly,
what is the difference between their curriculum and that of the state secular
and religious schools? I don’t doubt that they are successful in promoting
understanding among diverse groups, but I would like to know how they do it and,
overall, what percentage of our children they are serving.DAVID
Netanya Skinning a cat
Sir, – The cliché “Sarcasm is the lowest form
of wit” is not entirely without foundation with regard to Harold Goldmeier’s
pithy tonguein- cheek observation (“Netanyahu’s secret plan for economic
stimulus,” Your Business, December 23).
Instead of criticizing the
indulgent overspending inherent within the prime minister’s household, the
emphasis should be directed toward his doctrine of securing jobs, thus
effectively dealing with financial shortfalls in the economy and once again
proving his expertise and sleight of hand.
Yes indeed, there are many
ways to skin a cat! GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Pardesiya Headache of peace
Sir, – In
regard to “Arab League stance locks horns with Kerry proposals” (December 22),
instead of demanding only an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should state that the settlements, with their
7,000-10,000 residents, will become part of Israel.
This will eliminate
the negative responses of the Palestinians and the Arab League.
approach has been stated by leaders going back as far as the late 1960s. It
would now save a lot of headaches with all parties.MURRAY JOSEPH
Sir, – We are being pressured by America to get to a peace agreement
seemingly at any cost.
I believe the time has come to simplify matters
and have our government take the stand that unless the Palestinian Authority is
willing and ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, we will leave the peace
talks. If it cannot agree to this fundamental point, we really don’t have anyone
to talk to.SAMUEL DERSHOWITZ
Jerusalem Going soft
Sir, – I was less than
thrilled when I looked at the front page of your December 22 issue and saw the
photo of four mourning Arab women of Gaza accompanying the article “One killed,
four wounded in clashes near Gaza border.”
The women were described by
the caption as relatives of the Arab man who was killed by the IDF while he
tried to plant a bomb at the border fence. Frankly, I don’t see why you need to
include photos of our enemies’ funerals. How was this instructive? And, on the
front page, no less.
Since the article spoke about quite a few recent
attempts at bomb placements and movements by other Arabs in the area of the Gaza
border fence, maybe a photo of some IDF jeeps scouring the area might have been
more appropriate, if a photo was actually necessary.
Is The Jerusalem
Post becoming soft? MARCIA KATZ
Ma’aleh Adumim Steel yourself
Sir, – Martin
Sherman’s hair-raising “Infuriating, insidious, immoral” (Into the Fray,
December 20) examines the anti-Zionist concepts – perhaps especially exemplified
by unilateral withdrawal – which could easily become part of the political
discourse in the near future.
The column is doubly frightening because in
The Jerusalem Post Magazine of the same date, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s “When an
order must be defied” (Parashat Shamot) states that Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik
ruled that the elected government of Israel has the right to decide whether
sacrificing land for peace is operable and under what conditions. Such a
decision must be governmental and not individual.
Rabbi Riskin discusses
defying a governmental order, such as Pharaoh’s daughter did. However, the
implication, according to Rabbi Soloveitchik, is that if the elected Israeli
government would adopt anti-Zionist concepts, such as a unilateral withdrawal,
it would have to be obeyed.
Mr. Sherman intends to give a more detailed
analysis in the future. I don’t know if I will have the guts to read
Sir, – It appears to me
that the bank managers who were involved with the Dankners (“Dan Dankner
sentence by TA court to one year in prison,” December 20; “Court ruling wrests
control of IDB from Nochi Dankner,” December 18) are not so very antiseptic
either, and should pay back all those bonuses they received, and maybe some
If they are not guilty of having pandered to the Dankners, they are
accessories and should not be wealthy on the backs of the public they are
supposedly serving.MURRAY S. GREENFIELD
Tel Aviv Road radio
Sir, – It is
a truism that bad behavior and bad driving are synonymous.
There can be
no one who has not seen and experienced examples of disgusting behavior and
driving on our roads.
I would submit that Israeli radio stations have a
negative influence on the state of mind of our drivers.
Witness the many
blaring advertisements that involve someone screaming or shouting as if this
were the only way to penetrate the mind of the listener.
Couple this with
the tasteless and loud music that abounds and it is no wonder that drivers are
left agitated and anxious, hardly a state of mind conducive to disciplined and
It would be a great step forward in the fight against
dangerous driving to have a radio station for drivers featuring relaxing music,
no frenetic ads and no inflammatory or provocative chat shows.DAVID S.