Sir, – EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says the body
“does not recognize the Israeli annexation of east Jerusalem” and that “a way
must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as a
future capital of two states” (“EU report: No funds to Jewish east Jerusalem,”
Someone has to take responsibility for this deligitimization of our
historic rights and tell the EU and anyone else with the same mindset that the
status of Jerusalem was resolved thousands of years ago and it will remain the
united capital of the sovereign State of Israel until the end of time. They
should also be told that their recognition or lack thereof is of no
Netanya We need an FDR
Sir, – Congratulations
to Isi Leibler (“Groveling to the Muslim Brotherhood,” Candidly Speaking,
January 19), who lays out what the repercussions could be for Western
civilization if we do not stand our ground against Islamists, as we did in the
1930s against the Nazis.
I agree with Leibler that back then we were
“very fortunate to have a leader of the caliber of Winston Churchill.” We were
also very fortunate to have Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who, having been voted
into office at the same time as Adolph Hitler, refused to deal with him directly
although he was advised to do so by many in the State Department.
is America’s current FDR? LILY POLLIACK
Jerusalem Aiding our enemies
Sir, – The
headline “An upswing in Israeli racism” (Comment & Features, January 19)
could aid and comfort our enemies, which surely is not the intent of columnist
Susan Hattis Rolef, who notes that “one cannot label the State of Israel as an
outright racist state.”
While she lists some signs of insults and
stereotyping, others seem to have escaped her, such as the constant racist
threats by some MKs against the country and people they have been elected to
serve. In parliaments of other democratic nations, such invective by members is
branded as dangerous and disloyal.
Might Rolef selectively consider the
unseemly negatives of some while turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the dangers
of others? If so, why? Where is a fair and balanced analysis by this experienced
Jerusalem Feeding the tiger
Sir, – Regarding “Deal reached
to end local authorities strike” (January 18), in the beginning, local
authorities were small, as many responsibilities were handled by the government.
As the government cut its budget, it found the easiest way was to transfer
responsibilities to the local authorities. Once the government had created this
growing tiger, it used it to find jobs for numerous unneeded
Unfortunately, the tiger has to be fed.
time has come to develop a local income tax system and cut back drastically on
the gargantuan central government! DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono Unpopular tune
Some yeshiva boys intend to boycott the IDF because, they claim, they would be
instructed to transgress the commandments of the Torah by hearing women sing
(“National-religious youth won’t enlist due to women singing,” January
The yeshivot where they study should be closed for
incompetence. The boys have apparently never read the Torah, which does
not forbid a man from hearing women sing. Although I understand that it says
somewhere that a woman’s voice is pleasant, so are study and
Sir, – Aside from further polarizing
society and creating more animosity, the approach by these national-religious
youth does a disservice to those who will follow this trend.
change reality to suit one’s needs will not teach life skills. At some point,
these youth will encounter situations that cannot be changed, and they won’t
know how to adapt.NACHAMA KANNER
Sir, – Can you tell me exactly
where in the Torah there is a commandment against hearing women sing? I want to
read it for myself.
Miriam sang at the crossing of the Red Sea, and
Dvorah sang after the defeat of the Canaanites.
So I deduce that in those
days there wasn’t a problem with women singing.GERALDINE THEMAL
Sir, – National-religious youth have now provided the Arab armies with a
new weapon. All these armies require are battalions of singing women on the
front lines. The IDF will either cover its ears or run away.
believe we have youths who think so little of what they usefully can do for
Sir, – I have the perfect solution concerning
a soldier who refuses to attend IDF ceremonies where women sing. The soldier
should ask to be assigned to guard duty, kitchen duty or latrine duty instead.
If he feels his commander might reject his appeal, he could go directly to a
soldier who was already assigned to one of these duties and make the switch
A soldier who cannot follow orders, for whatever reason, should
be weeded out of the army. Rabbis who undermine the rule of law in the army
should be isolated, and their contact with soldiers limited.PAUL BERMAN
Sir, – The headline of the January 18 article on the WIZO convention
(“Women sang – and no one walked out”) was more about editorializing than
reporting the news.
Is there no one in this country who can see the
difference between voluntarily attending a conference, and soldiers being forced
to attend an event at which women sing? Why is there no respect for people’s
religious sensibilities? NACHUM CHERNOFSKY
Bnei Brak Stop that book!
Sir, – I am
one of many Anglos who came to this country with the dream of living in freedom
in our own land, but have consistently been disappointed by this government, one
that many of us voted for but which continues to put forth policies – and now
school books – that undermine our claim to this land (“Netanyahu’s post-Zionist
Education Ministry,” Our World, January 17).
Gideon Sa’ar needs to be
dismissed as education minister, Adar Cohen and his committee need to be fired,
and this new textbook should never be published.
It is a slap in the face
to every Israeli citizen and we should all be screaming at the top of our lungs
to our government representatives.
The problem is, we have no
representatives to complain to. I sent an e-mail to Prime Minister Netanyahu
once and received a reply from one of his PR people telling me it was nice that
I made aliya, but we know what we are doing so we don’t need your opinions. When
I tried to send another e-mail to complain about this reply, the address no
I recently joined the Likud in an effort to make my voice
heard, only to have Prime Minister Netanyahu change the date for primaries so
that I and many other new members won’t be able to vote on his cabinet
An urgent meeting to check into this textbook has now been
I’m going to try to contact someone in the ministry and let
them know my feelings. I urge all readers to do the same!