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Show real courage
Sir, – Prime Minister Netanyahu says intelligence is not an
exact science (“PM publicly takes issue with Dagan assessment that Iran won’t
have bomb until 2015,” January 12).
As prime minister, Netanyahu, of
course, can differ with the conclusions of Meir Dagan, the main difference being
that as Mossad head, Dagan’s remarks are devoid of political interest. However,
if he wants to truly impress our enemies, he should start by showing real
courage and firing his foreign minister, who has given him ample reasons to do
so and is making him look weak.
This might also have some effect on the
Iranians, showing that Netanyahu truly means business.HENRY WEIL
Jerusalem Noisy footsteps
Sir, – Herb Keinon’s analysis of why Prime Minister
Netanyahu has changed his reactions toward the comments of Foreign Minister
Lieberman (“Hearing Lieberman’s footsteps,” Analysis, January 12) may be
correct. But he missed one very important point.
Like it or not ,
everything Lieberman has said is true, and many citizens are very unhappy that
Israel is coming across to the Arabs as soft. As a result, the Arabs are taking
advantage of anything to blame Israel for the conflict.
missed is that we are persona non grata in the Middle East and, agreements or
not, the Arabs will continue to try and eliminate us. Lieberman recognizes that
we tend to grovel and has every right to speak to the public rather than sitting
silently and suffering.HARVEY MATTHEW
Jerusalem Targeted her, too
Regarding “Livni slams Netanyahu for not condemning Lieberman over call to probe
leftist funding” (January 12), the last time I looked, it was Tzipi Livni who
could not visit London because of arrest warrants initiated by the same NGOs.
And what does her interest in funding sources have to do with silencing voices?
Petah Tikva Overlooked
Sir, – I am surprised and saddened to
see that one of our foremost scientists was not included in “And farewell
Notable Jewish deaths of 2010” (Comment & Features, January
Prof. Max (Moshe) Jammer came to Israel from Germany in the first
half of the 1930s. A physicist, he studied both in Germany and here. In
addition, his work and writing brought him to Princeton University at the
invitation of Albert Einstein.
Prof. Jammer established the physics
department at Bar-Ilan University, where he later served as rector and
He was world-renowned for his work in physics, was in demand
as a lecturer and visiting professor at the finest universities, and was the
recipient of many awards, including the Israel Prize.
Prof. Jammer passed
away on December 18.RHEA ISRAEL
Rehovot Australian appeal
Sir, – I wish
to invite your readers to join the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce (IACC)
fundraising appeal for the flood victims of Queensland, Australia.
communities there have been devastated, and some families have lost everything,
including loved ones.
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes.
Authorities say around 200,000 people have been affected in an area larger than
France and Germany combined.
The scale of the disaster has prompted fears
of disease, and in some areas drinking water has been in short
The floods have hit agriculture hard, washed away roads and
railways, and brought the country’s $50 billion coal export industry to a near
At the time of writing, tens of people are missing and the
death toll is rising.
Those who are interested in helping can contact me
at firstname.lastname@example.org.PAUL ISRAEL
The writer is executive
director of the IACC