Sir, – Greer Fay Cashman is right in stating that “the name of
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is inextricably bound with both the fate and
the future of Jewish people” (“The centenary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birth,”
Grapevine, February 8). Sixty-seven years after his abduction by the Soviets, and
on his 100th birthday, Wallenberg still stands out among the scores of brave
women and men who risked their lives in an effort to save others and make a
We at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation pay
tribute to his legacy in diverse ways.
We research and divulge the
hitherto unknown feats of other rescuers and create educational programs aimed
at instilling their deeds in the hearts and minds of youngsters. We also address
other periods and areas, such as Turks who saved Armenians, and foster projects
And we don’t neglect our relentless efforts to secure
reliable information as to Wallenberg’s fate and whereabouts. We believe that
the answers must be buried somewhere in the KGB archives. We strongly urge the
Russian authorities to let Raoul reunite with his living sister,
Nina.EDUARDO EURNEKIAN BARUCH TENEMBAUM
The writers are,
respectively, president and founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg
Foundation Losing sight Sir, – The practice of the Jewish religion in Israel is
quickly being transformed from a personal way of leading a disciplined and moral
life to an albatross encumbering society to the point of paralyzing both the
military and civilian sectors (“Religious soldiers file complaint over denial of
rights at officer school,” February 7).
Rabbis and congregants seem to
have lost sight of the higher purpose of their observance.
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themselves to ensuring that nothing stands in the way of the smallest detail of
the infinite number of restrictions and demands originally crafted to ensure the
survival of the Jews in foreign lands. They do nothing but promote the
destruction of the Jews in their own land.NAOMI SANDLER
Sir, – Regarding “Movie prices cut for seniors” (News in
Brief, February 7), movies are marvelous, but I would have thought a reduction
in the price of water or electricity for seniors would be much better for their
Netanya Clear and unavoidable
Sir, – Caroline
B. Glick correctly emphasizes the fact that the international community, the
United Nations Security Council and the United States are all powerless in the
face of the Iranian nuclear threat (“Obama’s rhetorical storm,” Our World,
February 7). But the fact remains that Iran must be prevented from developing
nuclear weapons and the ballistic missile systems to carry them. If not, Israel
will face an existential threat and the real danger of a second Holocaust of the
Diplomacy, economic and security sanctions, political
pressure, and even an Israeli military strike using conventional weapons are all
plainly inadequate to the important task of keeping nuclear weapons out of
The only effective option – and it is a terrible option –
is rapidly becoming perfectly clear and unavoidable: Israel will soon be forced
to use its nuclear arsenal to destroy Iran.
There is no other choice.
Israel cannot and must not allow Iran to become armed with nuclear
Sir, – I am an American. I am becoming
increasingly disturbed by my country’s foreign policy concerning an old and
trusted ally, Israel.
My country’s current administration has an unspoken
agenda honed by years of listening to a deluge of anti-Semitic ranting in an
Illinois church. It is further intoxicated by the politically correct belief
that the Muslims are our friends.
This administration continues to
receive the support of the American Jewish community, whose behavior is a
complete mystery to me. It almost seems as if it has no sense of
self-preservation, thinking that somehow the danger that is plainly in front of
its face is somehow not real and will not materialize.
have been fed a steady diet of reconstructed history or no history at all. They
are shockingly ignorant of even recent historical events.
When Iran says
it wants to destroy Israel and annihilate the Jews, we have to take it at its
word and act accordingly. After it carries through on its threats, would
Americans shake their heads and claim they did not see it coming, that if they
only knew they would have helped? The time to help is now, before the
religiously despotic Iranian regime unleashes what everyone knows is
We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends, the
Israelis. Not to do so is unthinkable.
History cannot be allowed to
repeat itself.PHILIP SIMONETTI
Tempe, Arizona Our own backyard
Regarding “PM tells UN, US he’s committed to peace” (February 2), the tendency
is to blame UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for shortsightedness, partiality or
even anti-Israel bias in his failure to perceive the danger that an alliance
between Fatah and Hamas poses for Israel.
His suggestion that Israel make
goodwill gestures by giving away land is also met with contempt.
source of Ban’s faulty vision does not stem from any of these. Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu purports to be fair and balanced, but his having perpetuated
the myth that Fatah is interested in pursuing peace is at the heart of the
If Netanyahu were to refuse to talk with any group that is
dedicated to the destruction of Israel, regardless of international pressure, he
would set the stage for an honest narrative. When Fatah educates for hate and
teaches its children to revere terrorists by glorifying them, when it denies the
verity of the Holocaust and the historical claim of the Jews to the land of
Israel, why would we want to negotiate with it? The fault starts at home, in our
own backyard, for tolerating terrorism in Fatah. We set the stage for lies and
cannot blame others for perpetuating them.YOCHEVED MIRIAM ZEMEL
Jerusalem Come to terms
Sir, – When Ray Hanania (“The hallucination of peace,”
Yalla Peace, February 2) talks about the failed peace process, he takes the
position of most Palestinians and many others: moral equivalency.
says he is not “advocating that Palestinians or Israelis forget the atrocities
that each have inflicted on the other,” he ignores the fact that the
Palestinians are deliberately attempting to kill Israeli men, women and children
in the hope that they can wear us down and claim what they consider to be their
country. This is juxtaposed alongside our ongoing attempt to defend our people
and country while avoiding, to the extent possible, any harm to the
Palestinians, particularly their civilian population.
Palestinian leadership believes and teaches its children is that Israel is their
country and we, the Israelis, have taken it from them. This narrative might be
believable to them, but it is a distortion of history, as has been described by
many well-informed, knowledgeable and objective historians.
I believe that
one of the most serious problems preventing peace is the fact that the
Palestinians do not – and never did – want to live in peace with us.
want all of Israel and will not be satisfied with less. Their media, their
textbooks and their discourse all attest to this fact.
Hanania must come
to terms with this, as until the Palestinians can accept Israel as the Jewish
state and our presence here as permanent, there will not be
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