Matter of haredim
Sir, – With regard to “Court orders new election in Beit
Shemesh” (December 27) and other articles on the subject, I wish to point out
one egregious term that is often applied to the 972-vote margin in the original
Over and over again the margin of victory is referred to as
“razor-thin.” However, in terms of the total votes cast, this margin constitutes
almost a full five percentage points in the vote between the two mayoral
Can that honestly be called razor-thin? There has never been
any election here where even a margin as low as two percent led to claims of
fraud and deception at the ballot box.
Universally, in most elections a
2% margin would constitute a decisive victory.
The margin in Beit Shemesh
was overwhelming. Or is it that when it comes to haredim, nothing can be
convincing enough for a court to rule in their favor?
Sir, – In “Court decision over election in Beit Shemesh sparks contention among
lawmakers” (December 27), United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler is reported as
calling Israel a “legal dictatorship” similar to the one in Egypt. He says: “The
day will come when the secular regime will place the haredim outside of the law,
as was done in Egypt, all in the name of democracy.”
On the same date we
read “Hassidic leadership preparing for ‘historic’ journey to US to protest
haredi draft.” The action of going outside the Jewish community and to
non-Jewish areas to protest an internal Jewish matter was once unheard of,
especially in the haredi world. Going to a foreign country, even if supposedly
only to Jewish communities, means giving aid and support to anti-Israel/Jewish
These same haredim are always complaining about a lack of money
to feed their families and sustain their institutions.
though, they are able to muster the reported millions needed in the campaign to
fight a draft law.
We now see to what extent some people will go to
further their self-interests at the expense of national interests.
Hatzor Haglilit Paper nationalism
Sir, – With regard to “Police tighten
security measures in West Bank amid increased terror activity” (December 27),
when will The Jerusalem Post learn that the land Israel recaptured during the
Six Day War is called Judea and Samaria, and not the West Bank? The Arabs and
the rest of the uninformed world call it the West Bank.
In the article,
the police spokesman used the correct term when he was quoted as saying that
officers had “stepped up patrols in Palestinian areas in Judea and Samaria.” Why
is the Post less nationalistic than the police?
Netanya Just say no
Sir, – “Security concerns” (Editorial, December 27) focuses on the linkage
between borders and security. I would suggest that the larger issue is whether
the Palestinians want peace with a Jewish state, whatever its borders. I see no
evidence for it.
There is an even larger question.
won a landslide victory in the US on the strength of a simple question: Are you
better off now than you were four years ago? It has been more than four years
since Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech at Bar-Ilan University. I would
suggest that Israel’s international standing has gone steadily downhill since
then. There have been no concessions from the Palestinians, Europe has turned
against us, Iran is that much closer to getting the bomb, and the United States,
far from having our back, is threatening us in many ways.
Secretary of State John Kerry next comes calling, I hope Netanyahu will remember
a saying that Reagan’s wife, Nancy, made famous: Just say no.
Sir, – Peace is a paradox. It’s sought and taught but can’t be
wrought or bought. Why is this? Perhaps it’s because we reflexively polarize,
politicize, militarize, weaponize and rationalize, but don’t pensively realize
that peace is mutual humility and reception, not cruel, silly
Peace is a retreat from conceit and deceit.
Eagle Rock, Missouri Hope you’re right
Sir, – In the last paragraph of “Boosting
family ties” (Editor’s Notes, December 27), Steve Linde conscientiously prays
for Jonathan Pollard’s release.
As we know, Pollard’s release is in the
hands of US President Barack Obama. The year 2013 has been politically
disastrous for Obama. He has faced opposition with Obamacare, the Iran deal and
the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
He has also been disregarding the
pleas of thousands, including President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin
Is this the only way this cruel, egotistical, selfish,
lame-duck president can show he is in control? Steve, I sincerely hope that you
are right and I am wrong, and that “the Pollards will be our special guests at
the third Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in April.”
Sir, – We now know, courtesy of Edward Snowden, the former
contractor for the US National Security Agency, that the Obama administration
has been doing to Israel precisely the same as we did to the United States. For
this, Jonathan Pollard has been rotting in an American jail for very many
Perhaps sending home US Secretary of State John Kerry immediately
upon arriving for his next visit will be the only way to secure Pollard’s
Sir, – The record of accomplishments
of US President Barack Obama and his administration can be summed up in one
Mooresville, North Carolina
Sir, – Martin Sherman’s “Leibler on settlements: Right diagnosis, wrong
prescription” (Into the Fray, December 26) is unacceptable.
“The overriding objective... must be to delegitimize the Palestinian narrative
and expose it as the bogus historical fabrication it is. It must discredit any
notion of land-for-peace and Palestinian statehood. It must drive home that
between the river and the sea there can only – and eventually will – prevail
either total Jewish sovereignty or total Muslim sovereignty.”
reject the following analogy in all forms, but the above passage could have come
from that Austrian fellow’s inciting and inflammatory speeches from Munich or
He would just say “Muslim” rather than “Jewish.”
impression is confirmed by Sherman’s prefatory citation in the previous week’s
column (“Infuriating, insidious, immoral,” December 20) of the state Penal Code
as an apparent warning for anyone who might dare to disagree with him: “A person
who, with intent that any area be removed from the sovereignty of the state or
placed under the sovereignty of a foreign state, commits an act calculated to
bring this about, is liable to life imprisonment or the death penalty. – Section
97(b) of the current Penal Code in Israel – under ‘Treason.’” Where are The
Jerusalem Post’s editors? Is the word “fascism” out of bounds here? Is there no
limit to the degree of rightist, ultra-extremism that will be allowed from this
columnist? Is there no limit on incivility? Again, where are the editors?