You gotta believe
Sir, – Regarding “New traffic enforcement cameras switched on”
(February 5), miracles do still happen! Many years ago we had information and
statistics from countries using road cameras. These statistics indicated that
the rate of fatal accidents there had decreased significantly.
Israel waited and waited to have them installed on our roads. Now I hope we will
be able to report similar success.
Tel Mond Thrill of
Sir, – I know absolutely nothing about sports, but when I
leafed through the Post
to get to the opinion columns on February 5, my eye
caught an intriguing title: “A schnitzel and tuna Super Shabbos in downtown
Indianapolis,” by Uriel Sturm (Sports).
It’s a beautiful narration of the
exuberance, the excitement, the electricity and the passion exhibited by a
sports fan who dreams and acts upon his dream – attending the Super Bowl in
The article contains all the elements of a life
Humor: “People on the street trying to buy Super Bowl tickets
(best sign, held by a 65- year old woman, ‘will trade sex to be at the game’).”
Pathos: Robert Kraft, who owns the Patriots, expresses himself about his
deceased wife, Myra – “I’d take 0-16 just to have my sweetheart back for even
one more year.” Risk: Kraft to Sturm – “I bought this team 18 years ago now,
Chai. Myra thought I was a little meshugga with how much I paid [$172 million in
l994], but over time she came to love every player as if they were her own
It was a fascinating piece.
agony of defeat
Sir, – Once again, Allon Sinai harshly criticizes Israeli tennis
when he should be encouraging Israel’s gallant effort and success in retaining
its position in the current Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 (“Fatigued Pe’er, Glushko
shut out in Eilat,” Sports, February 5).
The headline should have read:
“Israel retains its world ranking in spite of a disappointing performance.” This
was achieved by some good tennis, albeit with the help of other countries
Nevertheless, it was an achievement, with the best talent
that Israel can muster at present.
The international tournament in Eilat
was superb and brought considerable pride to Israel.
Tel Mond More masks, please
Sir, – With all the speculation by various pundits
regarding whether Israel intends to strike at Iran (“An Iranian outing,”
Analysis, February 3), I have a suggestion: Let’s end the speculation and tell
the Iranians the date, time and place we are going to attack.
like to be serious, though, and hope that there will be funds for all Israelis
to have gas masks. I cannot believe that the Home Front Command does not have
the money to purchase them for all residents (“IDF urges reservists to obtain
gas masks before distribution ends,” February 1). I have no doubt, however, that
all our honorable members of Knesset have been supplied with them.
Ra’anana Fraud in the Likud
Sir, – We keep hearing that Israel is a
country of laws. This distinguishes Israel from other countries. But in the
recent Likud elections, there were several instances of fraud (“Feiglin
complains: Likud results twisted,” February 3). This is unbecoming the Jewish
state’s reputation as a democracy.
Likud officials need to authorize a
full investigation and restore the party’s reputation. It cannot remain
The reputation of Israel itself is on display to the world. It
cannot to let the actions of a few zealots run roughshod over the true intention
of the voters.
Passaic, New Jersey Between the covers Sir,
– Unlike what is written in “Libraries of hate” (Letters, February 3), The
Finkler Question is simply a spoof and a critique of the cringing, appeasing and
self-hating British Jew. Furthermore, it was written, perhaps tongue in cheek,
by a well known Jewish writer.
Savyon Ulterior motive?
Regarding “Got kosher milk?” (Comment & Features, February 3), in the 1960s
the London bet din (Jewish religious court) ruled that Heinz baked beans had
ceased to be considered kosher. Its justification was that the company also
produced baked beans with pork sausage, despite it being made in an entirely
separate factory some miles away.
This proscription coincided almost
exactly with a Jewish manufacturer starting to produce his own brand of baked
beans. Coincidence, you might say. But we thought it to be a perfect example of
quid pro quid, since on the Jewish gentleman’s ceasing to produce them, the
Heinz product miraculously regained its stamp of approval from the bet
Perhaps the Israeli rabbinate is reacting to jingoistic or – dare
one speculate? – monetary inducements to popularize Israeli ice cream?
Jerusalem Stop the payments
Sir, – I strongly agree with MK Einat Wilf
(“UNRWA is a major obstacle to peace, Wilf tells visiting ambassadors,” February
In fact, UNRWA perpetuates the conflict between Israel and the Arabs
by keeping large numbers of Palestinians in camps in ongoing dependency on the
Under international law, a refugee is defined as
someone who leaves his country in time of conflict either voluntarily or by
force, but it does not include descendants. If this definition were accepted,
there would be only a few thousand genuine Palestinian refugees left after 64
years, and not the outrageous exaggeration of millions, as the Arabs claim. With
this small number, the whole problem would be much easier to solve.
though there is no right of return for refugees, allowing just true refugees to
return to Israel would be a humanitarian gesture. But if the Palestinians wait
another 10 years, there will be none left.
To resolve the conflict it
would be better if in fact UNRWA were disbanded. Given the fact that this is
unlikely, the United States (which pays about one-fifth of the cost of UNRWA)
and other Western countries should just stop wasting their
Since money is fungible, funds given to UNRWA allow many
Palestinian men to become terrorists at the expense of American and other
taxpayers. Stop the payments to UNRWA and hasten a peaceful resolution of the
Netanya What will he say?
Sir, – Your
advertising of The Jerusalem Post
Annual Conference bowls me over.
date is nearly three months away, yet these ads have been appearing daily and on
Fridays in all sections for months. It takes up enormous space at the expense of
news, for which I have been reading the Post
for the past 51 years.
give the subjects being covered by former Mossad head Meir Dagan, former IDF
chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz, but no
subjects for former prime minister Ehud Olmert and our current ambassador to the
US, Michael Oren. We know what to expect from Oren, but I wonder what subject
matter Olmert will deal with? We are all aware of his expertise for the few
years since he resigned, which we follow in your newspaper!