Forget the impossible
Sir, – Having looked at a map of Iran and in view of the
current hysteria of attacking that country (“Lieberman continues heated rhetoric
on Iran: If sanctions don’t work, all options are open,” February 10), a few
basic questions arise.
The distance is far. It is not Syria or even Iraq,
so how do we get there? Crossing lengthy and hostile distances undoubtedly
well-supplied with anti-aircraft missiles and even fighter planes is an unlikely
With what are we going there? Super bombers and 12-ton bombs? How
many do we have of each? The answer is probably zero.
fantasy bombers existed, which of the undoubtedly numerous underground bunker
factories would they attack in a country about half the size of Europe? The
sooner we concentrate on ensuring that we have adequate missile protection to
destroy any nasties that might be sent at us and forget about the impossible,
the more secure we can feel in Israel.BERNHARD LAZARUS
Sir, – In “Israel slams award to ‘anti-Semitic’ pastor”
(February 10), you mention “the Bergen- Belsen extermination camp in Poland.”
Actually, the camp was in the heart of Germany.
Perhaps it can be
considered a minor error, but it petrifies a grim picture of Poland as the only
place of Holocaust.ROBERT ALICKI
Rehovot The writer teaches at the
University of Gdansk and is currently Weston Visiting Professor at the Weizmann
Institute No logic
Sir, – Your editorial “Electoral reform” (February 10)
mentions, almost as an afterthought, Prof.
Reichman founded the Constitution for Israel movement in the
late 1980s. Our logo was “Changing the System of Government in Israel.” Our
platform was 1) direct election of the prime minister, 2) adoption of a Bill of
Rights, and 3) changes in the system for electing MKs.
As the movement
gained traction it began to interest the political parties. Both the Likud and
Labor were prepared to support our agenda, but wanted first to enact the direct
election of the prime minister, and only then pass the other two items. It was
no great surprise to eventually discover that the direct election of the prime
minister was all they were interested in and prepared to enact.
direct election of the prime minister ended in abysmal failure, our movement
I see no logic whatsoever in your optimistic conclusion that
this initiative “can succeed, where previous attempts failed.”
election of the prime minister without a constitution and without changing the
system of electing the Knesset simply cannot succeed. Developments of the past
two decades should have taught us that things will only get worse.JERRY
Tel Aviv Punching clocks
Sir, – I was overjoyed to read the response of
readers regarding the salary increase for MKs (“Raising hackles,” February
With all the problems facing Israel, half the time these MKs are
absent or dozing in the plenum. Do they have the faintest idea how much of an
increase senior citizens received in their pensions? It was a mere NIS 50 or
I think it’s high time our parliamentarians started punching
time cards, like the recent ruling on doctors.N.E. SAMUEL
Sir, – Warren Goldstein sounds the alarm (Iran: Judgement time before
G-d,” Sinai Today, February 10).
Ayatolla Ali Khamenei calls the Zionist
regime a cancerous tumor and calls for the annihilation of Israel with Shahab 3
ballistic missiles. Rabbi Goldstein makes it quite clear that this is no empty
threat and in return calls “for us, as Jews, to repent and engage in
Luckily for Warren Goldstein, he doesn’t live in
Jerusalem Hard sell
Sir, – As a frequent visitor
to Israel, I was surprised by “Fighting for Zionism” (Editor’s Notes, February
10), on the upcoming Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Are we trembling
Israelites? We have already had a promo of Deputy Foreign Minister Danny
Ayalon’s presentation, which literally begs for support from the Diaspora Jewish
community. This is really scraping the barrel.
It’s also a shame that
there is a paucity of women and young people speaking up for Israel.
have left out some of your outstanding writers, who might have brought a more
balanced perspective. A Nobel Prize winner might also have added to the
This conference could have been a fantastic opportunity to
show the range of fascinating aspects of our society that are regularly included
in your pages.MICAH HARRIS
Sir, – In his promo for the
Jerusalem Post Annual Conference, editor-in-chief Steve Linde puts former Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert at the top of his list of the “most eloquent advocates for
Israel” who are scheduled to speak.
Neither by his actions nor by his
words can Olmert be described as an eloquent advocate for Israel. He was
severely criticized by the Winograd Commission for mismanagement of the Second
Lebanon War. It was also then-prime minister Olmert who proposed that Israel
withdraw to indefensible borders, share Jerusalem and hand over its holy sites
to a multinational committee. It was Olmert who made the notorious statement,
“We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of
winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies.”
Moreover, as several of
your readers have already pointed out, it is totally unacceptable to have Olmert
as one of your principle speakers while he is on trial on multiple charges of
Jerusalem Honestly, Ray...
Ray Hanania ignores critical facts in order to paint Israel in the worst
possible light (“An attack on Iran will only ignite the region,” Yalla Peace,
Regarding the Second Lebanon War, Hanania says that “Israel
fired missiles at Hezbollah targets but Hezbollah… fired as many missiles back….
The Hezbollah response to Israel was unprecedented in scope and power.” He wants
his readers to believe that Hezbollah fought a heroic war of self-defense in
response to the aggressor, Israel. He hides the fact that Hezbollah fired
rockets at Israeli border towns as a diversion for anti-tank missile attacks on
two IDF Humvees patrolling the Israeli-side of the border. The ambush left three
Two additional soldiers were taken by Hezbollah to
Five more were killed in a failed rescue attempt. Hezbollah
fighters tried unsuccessfully to attack Israeli border outposts. Only then did
Israel respond with airstrikes and artillery fire.
Hanania suggests that
Iran could “turn the tables on Israel by asking why Israel can have nuclear
weapons but no one else can.” Is he unaware that, unlike Iran, Israel has not
threatened to wipe another country off the map? Even when facing the possibility
of its own destruction during the Yom Kippur War, Israel did not employ its
nuclear arsenal. One doubts that a nuclear armed Iran would make the same
decision under similar circumstances.
Also, Iran is a signatory of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Its pursuit of nuclear weapons violates
the pact into which it entered voluntarily.
Hanania is entitled to object
to Israel’s actions on moral grounds if he so desires. But he must provide
complete and honest information before making those arguments.EFRAIM A.