Sir, – Your editorial “Benefits for terrorists” (February 26)
clearly exposes the utter stupidity of our legal establishment. To pay benefits
to a convicted terrorist, or to a family in the case of a terrorist’s death, is
Similarly, the payment to one who has fled the country to
avoid prosecution, like former MK Azmi Bishara, is inane. If the law is an ass,
then it’s the duty of the Knesset to amend it by passing suitable legislation to
bring it in line with natural justice.
The present proposal falls far
short of this objective and, I understand, is being roundly condemned by
judicial idiots not for its lack of reach but for its infringement on so-called
It seems clear to me that one who commits or attempts to
commit an act of terror against the state to which he belongs has clearly
rejected his citizenship.
Similarly, one who flees to avoid prosecution
for being a traitor has made a similar decision.
In such cases, the
perpetrator, on conviction, should be stripped of his citizenship and hence of
any rights he might claim as a citizen.
This is simple and
straightforward, and would bring the law in line with common
Sir, – Regarding “Benefits for
terrorists,” it defies all logic but appears to be in keeping with our low
profile when our enemies fire rockets and missiles into our communities, when we
are afraid to confront them as they threaten violence if Jews ascend to holy
sites. As far as they are concerned we have no holy sites – and this is due only
to the disgraceful and disgusting weakness of what passes for leadership
There are no laws and no justification that should come into play
to make it in any way legal to support terrorists and their families. We have
far too many graves caused by our inability to stand up for reason and
Sir, –Only in Chelm/Israel can terrorists,
murderers and child-killers be rewarded by the National Insurance Institute
because they are citizens of this country.
I think this is a farce. A
terrorist should know in advance that the state will give any monies paid into
it to help the victims and their families.
Jerusalem Time to
Sir, – Kol hakavod to Liat Collins on a well written article about
Ammunition Hill (“A monumental battle,” My Word, February 26).
goodness that funding was found by various government agencies to keep the site
open. Many of us, including myself, have not visited in a long time. It’s time
we all arrange to visit it once again.
Organizations should begin to use
the site for some of their activities. For example, Emunah’s national yom iyun
(study day) will be held there on May 2. This event will give Emunah ladies from
all over Israel a chance to visit this important site.
Jerusalem The writer is a past president of Jerusalem’s Na’avah Tehilla chapter
of Emunah Wasted energy
Sir, – The suggestion by Prof. Eugene Kandel
(“Israel should be ‘test bed’ for renewable energy, expert says,” February 24)
is at odds with the past record, particularly with respect to “conserve energy
Many innovative technologies were developed in Israel in the
past, such as the Zarchin desalination process, Tabor solar ponds and Luz solar
energy systems, but each failed to be developed further because of short-cut
engineering or deliberate blockage by government ministries.
current desalination plants operating on the principle of reverse osmosis could
have been installed in Israel many years ago, as the inventor of the original
cellulose acetate membranes used in the process offered the technology for use
back in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Furthermore, the use of landfill
gas generated from domestic refuse could have been in use since the 1990s, but
when I offered the technology to the then-Ministry of Energy, the department
head responsible suddenly cancelled the meeting and refused to take it
It is clear that vested interests, for whatever reason, have to
their shame deliberately blocked much of the renewable energy development in
Now that offshore gas has been discovered, the proposal by the
government to use some of the income to establish a sovereign wealth fund to be
invested overseas clearly indicates the wooly thinking that goes on in high
places. Is overseas more secure than at home? Overseas investment, like any
other, is not secure, and markets rise and fall like the tide on the seashore,
but not with the same predictability.
COLIN L. LECI
Sir, The pending boycott of Strauss (“Protesters call on
shoppers not to buy Strauss products,” Business & Finance, February 24) is
justified and should include Tnuva as well. This is because after the “cottage
cheese boycott,” the cost of white cheese or cottage cheese dropped from NIS 7
to NIS 5 – but only for a short time, as it climbed up again to NIS
Israel is a leader in efficiency of milk production from
There is no reason why a carton of milk, a basic staple, should
sell for more than NIS 4 per liter. (It is at least NIS 5.50 in Israel, although
in the US it is the equivalent of NIS 3.) If the monopoly by Strauss and Tnuva
can be broken permanently and not just for a few weeks, the price of all milk
products will go down. The same holds true for many other items under
Rehovot ...and surreal bargains
Sir, – I
understand from your editorial “Consumer power” (February 21) that a one-liter
bottle of olive oil costs NIS 17.
Could this be a misprint? I pay between
NIS 57 and NIS 67 for a liter of olive oil.
If it is not a misprint,
maybe you would be good enough to tell me where I can purchase this wonderful
bargain. I’ll be there within an hour so that I can stock up with at least a
Haifa The Editor
responds: It was indeed a
misprint. If anyone out there finds a liter of olive oil at this price, please
let us know, too! Mixed message
Sir, – I was intrigued by the picture
accompanying “Adalah, the NIF and BDS: End the secrecy” (Comment & Features,
There is a woman wearing a t-shirt saying “Boycott Israel.”
On the very same shirt is a drawing of a missile readying to land on a baby
Isn’t that somewhat contradictory? The woman tells people to
boycott our country and shows how Islamic terrorists are firing rockets into our
ZE’EV M SHANDALOV
Ma’aleh Adumim Do something
Sir, – It is a sad
fact that the UN and Israel’s neighbors are standing idly by watching Iran issue
lie after lie about producing nuclear energy “for peaceful purposes.”
suppose such nuclear energy could be used to remove the “cancer that is
Then there is the matter of Syria and, again, the UN and the
nations surrounding Israel have been strangely silent as thousands of innocent
citizens are slaughtered by Assad and his gang.
US President Barack
Obama’s leadership leaves a lot to be desired. A Nixon or a Reagan would have
gone to the region to at least try to talk some sense into these
Doing nothing is dangerous, but leading with a strong hand
would gain the admiration of free nations around the world.
Can anyone do
anything to stem the coming catastrophe?
HERBERT W. STARK Massapequa,