Look who’s talking
Sir, – Regarding the failure of the talks in Amman between
Israel and the Palestinians, an unnamed Palestinian official was quoted as
saying that Israel “brought nothing new in these meetings” (PA officials:
Israeli border proposal a non-starter,” January 29).
What did the
Palestinians bring that was new? All they brought was their usual
pre-conditions, for Israel to return to the 1967 borders and stop settlement
building, as well as for the return of the refugees and no recognition of Israel
as a Jewish state. In other words, agree to everything they want first, and then
we will talk.HARVEY MATTHEW
Jerusalem A game, but fun
Sir, – I find
myself also in the wee morning hours experiencing the same elation and posing
the same questions as Herb Keinon (“Rejoicing over the insignificant,” Out
There, January 29).
I was a Tulane University freshman when the New
Orleans Saints (then and for years after referred to as the ’Aints) came into
being. But it is an undeniably great feeling to cheer the likes of quarterback
Drew Brees, who came to New Orleans – where my family has roots from the 1830s –
in the aftermath of Katrina’s devastation, vowing to bring the Saints to victory
and the city back to its feet. He did both.
I enjoy the uncomplicated
nature of rooting for the team.
It is indeed only a game, and lots of
Kfar Adumim Prevent the shaking
Sir, – Regarding
“Ministry requires giving all new parents a booklet explaining ‘shaken-baby
syndrome’” (January 27), the distribution of a booklet is an excellent idea,
especially because there are dozens of cases each year. It should be delivered
before a birth to enable parents to study and prepare for what they are about to
The early days of parenthood are very often stressful times for
young parents, especially when more than one child is born and both parents have
their hands full. The material needs to be digested and understood.
booklet should be available on the Internet in all languages.
should also be a hotline operated around the clock in all languages, to which
parents can turn when they feel they are not able to cope.
In times of
extreme pressure, young parents need to be able to consult immediately with
experienced advisers. In extreme cases there should be back-up advisers who on
short notice can visit the home.
It would also be wise to research the
circumstances in which parents shake babies.
We have to take into account
that there is little invested in training parents for childhood.
couples live under excessive stress due to the difficult economic situation in
There is also reserve army duty for those young fathers who
serve. Finally, there is the constant stress caused by our security and
political situation, which does not contribute to peaceful child
Like many problems in this country, we are slow to investigate
the root causes, something that would enable prevention.DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono Surprising finding
Sir, – In “Jewish Israelis becoming more
religious, poll finds” (January 27), you report that on matters of gender roles,
“Sixtyseven percent of haredim believe that the husband should work and support
the family while the wife stays home to take care of the children, while only
35% of the modern Orthodox feel that way.
Only 18%-20% of the secular
community are of that opinion.”
Does this mean the popular perception
that haredi men do nothing to support their families, preferring instead to live
off handouts while studying fulltime, is incorrect? MARTIN D. STERN
Salford, UK Triggering a response
Sir, – With regard to “Waiting for a trigger” (Security
& Defense, January 27), the Chinese military philosopher Sun Zu wrote that
one has to choose the right time and the right terrain – on your terms – to win
This is what we need to do.
We must also demand the
unconditional surrender of the enemy.
It is sad that I have to write
this, but as a former combat soldier and father of a reserve soldier, the truth
needs to be told, even if it is only a reader’s opinion.MURRAY JOSEPH
Sir, – Because of arms caches located in civilian homes during
Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, the IDF and Shin Bet would call up and
warn residents to evacuate because the homes were about to be
Yaakov Katz quotes a senior officer from the Gaza Division as
saying about one particular instance: “After we called to warn the residents of
the home, we saw via our drone that they had climbed to the roof together with
some of their neighbors and were jumping up and down. There was a debate
whether to attack and we decided not to.”
This is another symptom of our
degeneration, where it is obvious how little regard our government has for the
lives of its own people compared to the fear of upsetting our
The question now being asked in the IDF is what would motivate
Israel to launch such an operation there today. They don’t tell us, however,
just how many of our deaths it will take before they have the right
Netanya Aim for the top
Sir, – Jessica Montell,
executive director of B’Tselem, makes an interesting argument in “Three years
after Operation Cast Lead” (Comment & Features, January 26), that Israel is
not careful enough to avoid civilian casualties in its actions against Hamas
terrorists in Gaza who shoot at Israelis.
She writes: “The [Israeli]
military apparently targeted civilian buildings, like government ministries and
the parliament building, although there is no indication they had any military
The government was Hamas and the offices were those of its
“ministers” of defense and police, and of other ministries that controlled armed
The parliament passed laws that permitted armed groups to attack
Any government is a legitimate military target as it controls
and directs armed forces. Montell’s attitude means she favors protecting the
leaders of Hamas and justifying their actions.
The objective of Israel’s
defense is to stop terrorists and all attacks on its population, and the only
way is by removing the leaders.AHARON GOLDBERG
Hatzor Haglilit Only
Sir, – “There is no point in voting for Feiglin, who will always be seen
as a foreign influence on the party and will never be accepted,” said a Likud
organizer (“Likud hawks call to boycott party primary,” January 23).
boycott is against Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies because “he purposely
advanced the race so another candidate couldn’t run,” but also because of his
support for a Palestinian state, his failure to build enough in Judea and
Samaria and his opposition to legalizing the Migron outpost in its current
location. Who else but Moshe Feiglin has consistently stood strongly against
these policies and any others that endanger our land? A vote for Feiglin is a
vote for the justness of our historical rights in the whole of the Jewish land,
in the faith of our people to stand against an ever-increasing hostile world,
and a resounding “no” to a Palestinian state in the Land of
“Never again” must really mean never again. If Netanyahu has his
way and goes through with his abandonment of hundreds and thousands of Jews in
Judea and Samaria, who will we blame when we are once more a homeless and
defeated people, with all doors closed to us? YENTEL JACOBS