January 11: Planners all wet

Water, water, everywhere – and so much going to waste.

By JERUSALEM POST READERS
January 10, 2013 21:02
3 minute read.
Letters

Letters 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Handout )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Planners all wet

Sir, – Water, water, everywhere – and so much going to waste (“Storm brings much of country to standstill,” January 9).

Many years ago, experts determined that if we were to channel the runoff from streets and hills into reservoirs and purify it, money would be saved on building desalination plants. The water would probably taste better, too. However, it seems that one government after another cannot bring itself to plan for the future.

KURT SIMON
Jerusalem

Sir, – In 2009 the government announced it would complete two more desalinization plants by 2012, solving Israel’s perennial water crisis. Israelis were charged punitive rates to pay for this plan.

It is now 2013 and it’s been pouring rain for days, with the Kinneret rapidly filling up. The question is, was the government hasty in its exorbitant collections and outlays? Hasn’t it noticed that a few dry years do not have to mean we will run out of water? Perhaps our leaders simply should have waited until the inevitable rains, for which Israelis pray daily.

SAUL ESTREICHER
Elazar

No renegade

Sir, – From what I have read of Rabbi Haim Amsalem, I have the impression that he is more tolerant and more in touch with reality than many of his so-called religious brethren. I was therefore rather puzzled to see the rabbi described as a “renegade” (“Deri’s mom, God’s messenger and Likud’s ’96 slogan,” January 9).

Not knowing what renegade means, I turned to the Concise Oxford Dictionary and found it defined as (a) an apostate, especially from Christianity to Islam, (b) a deserter of party or principles, (c) a turncoat. Amsalem is none of the above. May I suggest that the word not be used to describe him.

MARION LUPU
Haifa

Not from afar

Sir, – With regard to “US rabbinical students deliver more than 700 letters against E1 to Netanyahu’s office” (January 9), I have a suggestion.


In less than two weeks there will be elections, time enough for the rabbinical students to make aliya, vote with their feet, and then claim the moral authority to publicly urge on Israel decisions that – only then – will impact them.

Until that time they should have the decency to restrain themselves.

IRVING WIESEN
Jerusalem

Sir, – The 700 letters sent by American rabbinical students and cantors expressing their concern over the deteriorating relationship between Israel and the US would be more meaningful and relevant if the advice-givers planned to bear the consequences by living in Israel and experiencing a shower of bombs.

L. BLASS
Jerusalem

Abstain for reform

Sir, – With elections looming, everyone is telling me it’s my duty to exercise my democratic right to vote. I don’t agree.

I see it as my duty not to vote for a list of people of whom I have never heard, except for one or two of its leaders, and which will inevitably change, merge, compromise, do shady deals and scramble to be in a coalition, whether in the government or opposition.

Either way, its members will receive all the perks that come with being an member of Knesset.

Until I have the choice of electing an individual who is committed to represent my interests and those of my local community, as in other Western democracies, I consider it my duty and democratic right to abstain.

People may scoff and accuse me of wasting my vote and thereby empowering the aspiring big shots, but I say that if everyone abstains in disgust at the present system, perhaps electoral reform and true parliamentary representation might finally be achieved.

GEOFFREY PREGER
Caesarea

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

May 19, 2019
Annexation for exoneration: How Bibi betrayed the Zionist dream

By CHUCK FREILICH