Herb gets it right...
Herb Keinon’s analysis of the situation in Egypt
(“How the Egyptian revolution debunks the
Israel-is-the-cause-of-Mideast-instability myth,” Comment, January 30) is the
best answer I have read on how all the countries, and those in Israel, that
blame Israel for Mideast violence have deliberately ignored what is actually
The “blame Israel” game is finally exposed for what it is – a
Jerusalem ...and wrong
Sir, – Herb Keinon, one of
the Post’s sanest columnists, attributes this mode of thinking – that Israel is
the root cause of all Middle East instability – to my government, to “everyone
from US President Barack Obama, to US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm.
Entirely wrong. What we are saying is that the issue has
been the cause of Arab anti-Westernism, especially anti-Americanism, because of
an excessively onesided partisanship that has damaged US security, attracted
terrorism and harmed America as an honest and reliable broker that can help
Israel achieve the peace and ironclad security she so richly
Cambridge, Massachusetts Any way you slice it
– With regard to “Regime change in Cairo could force IDF to boost forces in the
South” (January 30), what is certain is that whoever ends up in control in Egypt
will be a problem for Israel.
Gaza will likely get whatever it wants via
Egypt. If the country is not run by the Muslim Brotherhood, it will be a small
plus, but for sure the Islamists will be calling many of the shots.IAN
Sir, – Make no mistake: If Mubarak’s government falls it will be
replaced by an Islamic theocracy, with the Muslim Brotherhood either at its helm
or behind the scenes. Whatever freedoms Egyptians currently enjoy, and whatever
hopes they have for achieving democracy and improving their lot, would quickly
disappear. If they think they have it bad under Mubarak, wait until the
theocrats take control.
A takeover would also have severe consequences
for the US, Israel and the Western world in general.
government in Cairo would view Washington as the Great Satan in the same way
that Teheran now does, and would challenge America every way it could. It’s no
secret that it could cripple America by shutting down the Suez Canal, among
other things. Would it go that far? You bet it would.
Would an Islamic
government in Cairo fight the US? Yes, particularly since it would see America
as weak and feckless under President Obama, and wouldn’t believe for a minute it
had anything to fear.
A takeover in Cairo would make Israel’s existence
even more precarious than it already is. An Islamic government there would see
removing Israel from the face of the earth as practically its first order of
business, and would do everything in its power to do precisely that as soon as
War would be inevitable – a war in which Israel’s victory (and
survival) would by no means be certain.
Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and
all the others would fight on Egypt’s side, and it is entirely possible that the
US would choose not to intervene.
Even if Israel were to win the ensuing
war, a takeover would still be disastrous. An Islamic government in Cairo would
blackmail European countries into doing its bidding, and would dramatically
hasten Islamization there and elsewhere, which is in no one’s
Hold on Hosni, hold on! Don’t let the rioters drive you
Make the necessary changes and reforms, to be sure, but hang in
there! JERRY PHILIPSON
Comox, British Columbia We should watch out
Sir, – When
the Camp David Accords were signed, well-intentioned people danced around the
golden calf of “peace with Egypt,” for which Israel gave up the strategically
vital and oil-rich Sinai, which had been won with precious Jewish
Yet even at the time, it was apparent that Israel was not making
peace with a country, but with a person – Anwar Sadat, an autocrat who did not
represent the Egyptian consensus or even a meaningful minority.
Israel is pressured to make peace with its neighbors, it must ask itself whether
it will be a peace with the people, or merely peace with a person.
will pay a heavy price for our treaty with Egypt. Let us not repeat the
Jerusalem Israel, take the lead
Sir, – The Middle
East is in flames again. This time, however, it isn’t a war between the Jews and
the Arabs, but a conflagration that the Arabs have brought upon
Should the new-found ardor and determination of the
frustrated, hungry and intimidated multitudes coagulate, converge and overcome
the ruling powers, Israel and the West would face a wave of rage and “revenge”
that might prove to be far more lifethreatening than an Iranian Bomb.
better future should be offered to the peoples of the Middle East. A movement
like this can be launched only by mending the differences between Israel and the
Palestinians. They and the rest of the Arabs must be shown that the purpose and
ideals of a Jewish state are peaceful, can promote stability and prosperity, and
can allow a common future of tolerance and tranquility, even at the price of
concessions and patience.
Israel can and should take the lead in
lessening the anger and improving the mood in the region. A strong showing of a
new direction can make a difference.ARYEH LEVIN
The writer is
a retired diplomat Real, live person
Sir, – I am surprised that Mark Feldman, in
“Do they think we’re all morons?” (The Travel Adviser, January 30), didn’t list
one more good reason most of us still need the services of a good travel agent,
even in this age of Internet booking, payment and checkin: When things go wrong
or a flight has to be rescheduled, there is nothing like the professional
services that only a real, live person can provide.
The real test came
recently, when my son’s return flight to Israel was cancelled due to one of the
snow storms in the New York area. Even before I knew what was happening, my
travel agent had rebooked my son on a different flight and from different
airport, although for the same day, which was the most important
But it went far beyond that.
When I called him to confirm
the new reservation and thank him, I mentioned in passing how important it was
for my son to get back as close to the original day and hour as possible.
Without a second’s hesitation and on his own initiative, my travel agent offered
to look into an even earlier flight, and within three minutes all was arranged.
End result: My son got home just six hours later than originally
There is no question that without my travel agent’s help, we
would have been in a much worse and more confusing situation.
need not worry about being biased. There is still no substitute for a good
travel agent.GERSHON HARRIS
Hatzor Haglilit Omission of sins
January 27 editorial (“Lies, damned lies, and police statistics”) omitted other
categories that deserve mention.
What about the number of women killed by
their husbands or partners, which has to be on the rise, as does the number of
youths killed or badly injured by knives each Friday night outside or inside
nightclubs? And let’s not forget rapes, which also appear to be on the