Some questions for Mabhouh mourners...
Sir, – Those armchair pontificators who lament the passing of Hamas
terrorist mastermind Mahmoud al-Mabhouh might consider a few questions
(“Dubai police chief urges Interpol to seek Meir Dagan’s arrest,”
Even if he had been brought to The Hague, do they think for a second
that he, an enemy of Israel, would have gotten the trial that he
deserved? If the head of the Mossad must go on trial, where are said
international-law advocates when Russians travel to foreign nations and
(allegedly) assassinate Alexander Litvinenko? And they were pretty
quiet when Iranians bombed the Jewish cultural center in Argentina.
Finally, were we Irish and the British to have used assassination,
might terrorists in Northern Ireland have thought a little harder
before imprisoning, torturing and killing?
Sir, – Given the reaction to a Hamas terrorist leader’s assassination,
can we expect stark raving moral indignation should anything befall
... and an answer for the British press
Sir, – The British press should get off its high horse and get real
(“British papers insist Israel owes UK an explanation,” February 19).
Spies from countries all over the world – including Britain, Ireland
and France – use forged passports from other countries all the time.
How else do you expect spies to get around? The British press should
think twice before calling on its government to cut Israel off from
intelligence-sharing. The Brits need Israeli intelligence much more
than Israel needs British intelligence.
Sir, – Marilyn Henry’s contention (“You betcha!” February 21) that she
outranks Sarah Palin because she has three university degrees (how many
did Abraham Lincoln have?), or equals her because of her incomplete
term as secretary of the Friends of the Teaneck Library vs. Palin’s
incomplete term as a mere governor of Alaska, seems characteristic of
conceit. That she measures Palin’s public speaking against the output
of a Hollywood script-writer shows cultural snobbery more than common
Sir, – The qualifications required to run for president of the US are
that you be a natural-born citizen of the US, at least 35 years of age,
and have lived in the US for the preceding 14 years.
The real reason that Sarah Palin is qualified to run, and Marilyn Henry
is not, is that Henry has no constituency. Henry simply espouses the
same old notion of mindless liberalism that serves America, Israel and
the Jewish People so poorly. She misreads Bayh’s retirement from
government as the fault of partisan Republicans instead of his
weariness from his own party’s constant drift to the left.
Jews should be the very first to understand that as government gets
bigger, citizens get smaller. Palin’s push-back against big government
is what is making her popular. Whether or not one believes that she is
the best candidate for the Republican Party, is less government a good
idea? You betcha!
‘Ayalon 2: J Street 0’
Sir, – Perhaps your headline about J Street and Ayalon should have read
“Ayalon 2: J Street 0” (“J Street 1: Ayalon 0,” February 19).
In my opinion, Danny Ayalon should get double credit for saying it like
it is. Many of us are disgusted at the doublespeak and fake smiles and
acting that goes on in the foreign departments of so many governments.
Why should Ayalon grant niceties to Jeremy Ben-Ami and those like him,
who are the first in line to denigrate and malign the Jewish state
under the guise of “We love Israel?”
Sir, – Why do you continue to lambaste the “mehadrin” bus lines
(“Transport minister ordered to explain why he rejected
gender-separation findings,” February 19)? In a society in which
come-hither clothing is sold to toddlers, shouldn’t we be be cheering
on the only group among us that waves the banner of modesty?
And the haredim mainly want the mehadrin lines in their neighborhoods.
There is no talk about placing one in Sheinkin or Dizengoff.
... being crossed?
Sir, – Just when one thinks there is nothing new under the sun, we read
the article “For heaven’s sake! New ‘personal mehitzas’ marketed for
haredim on planes” (February 19). I want to preface my remarks by
saying that I have nothing against haredim; in fact, some of my dear
friends are haredim. But I think some of them nowadays are going a bit
I think the haredim of decades ago would be amazed at what is going on
now in the haredi world. Separate buses, separate sidewalks, mehitzas
for airplanes – what next? Do they really think this makes them more
religious than their ancestors of years past?
Innocent until proven guilty
Sir, – The shock over the rumors about Rabbi Mordechai Elon described
in several articles in the Post
seem out of place when the same
articles admit that the facts have not been determined, and the word
“if” stands out so strangely (“The Elon affair – an earthquake that
could strengthen the national religious community,” February 19). Why
do we violate the rights of the accused in order to protect the
accusers? We cannot have it both ways: hatred and condemnation of sin,
as well as imputation of sin without witnesses and police
I hope Elon is innocent. If he is found to be guilty, I, too, as a
great admirer of his, will be surprised, hurt and shocked. But those
feelings will have to be held in abeyance as long as the “if” is
Concerns, not complaints
Sir, – I didn’t expect to have a correspondence in regard to the letter
that I sent in; however, Chaim A. Abramowitz has ruffled my feathers
(“... and to the ‘Daily news,’” February 18). What he claims are a
“litany of complaints” are, rather, a litany of concerns for the future
of this country – for its morality, its humanism and its realization
that we live in the real world. Just as we don’t want to be
discriminated against by others, just as we don’t want to be terrorized
and confined behind walls, and just as we want to be recognized as Jews
with the right to live in a Jewish state, there are others who feel
they are defending their rights.
For Mr. Abramowitz’s information, our son and sons-in-law, our
grandsons and our granddaughters have served and continue to serve in
the IDF. He does not have to preach to me about sacrifices. They know
why they served, and they tell me that it was to preserve those values
they hold dear – respect for one another, recognizing differences and
honoring those differences.
I respect Mr. Abramowitz’s view on life. I only ask that he respect
mine and that of others like me. We Jews have to stop trying to destroy
one another. There are enough people out there trying to do that
without our help.
A life-saving ‘mitzva’
Sir, – “A liver donated by the family of a 75-year-old woman has saved
the life of a 30-year-old man,” writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (“Pre-op
briefings can prevent accidents,” February 21).
More people in Israel should be encouraged to join in the life-saving
mitzva of donating a kidney or part of a liver, in life or by signing
up for an organ donor card.
More information is available at www.health.gov.il/transplant