Sir, – Your article “Romney to host major fund-raiser in
Jerusalem at month’s end (July 12) states that people attending this affair will
be paying $60,000 or more per plate. That might be okay for those set to fly in
from the US for the event, but how many Israeli Republicans will be paying this
outrageous price? I hope not too many.
Israeli Republicans should use
their money to help feed the poor of this country, to help young couples buy
apartments, to help firefighters buy new equipment, to help hospitals, etc.,
There is no need for us to help finance political movements in the
US. We have enough worthy causes right here that need our money. Let’s get our
priorities straightened out.
– Regarding “Driving in style – at the taxpayer’s expense “ (July 12), it’s
sheer chutzpah to offer to an unnecessary number of government ministers such
luxury vehicles in a country where a large number of citizens live in poverty.
In many cases, the vehicle will be superior to its occupant.
oft-promised and never-kept reform for the electoral system might improve
More on Olmert Sir, – What a classic
example of “we want our cake and to eat it, too” or “I’m not the bad guy here”
(“Olmert wants right-wing US Jews probed for bringing him down,” July
By saying they “are not looking for conspiracy theories,” Olmert’s
“associates” speak volumes as to their real motive – which is looking for
This testifies as to their character as well.
is the same Olmert who tried to convince us that Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas is our friend. We should all thank God Olmert was removed from
office, no matter what the reason.
Sir, – The calls for the resignation of State Attorney Moshe Lador are, for lack
of a better word, ridiculous (“Attorney-general, police chief back Lador as
calls for state attorney’s resignation continue,” July 12).
professional opinion, Lador viewed the facts, and correctly so, that pointed to
Olmert’s guilt. He prosecuted Olmert, as he was duty-bound to do.
to think of the fine and talented prosecutors who had lost high-profile criminal
cases that I defended in my far-too-many years as a lawyer in Houston, Texas,
being called to resign.
Perhaps if the three judges who found Olmert
innocent on the two major charges were not so unreasonably gullible as to
believe that the former prime minister did not know of his son’s deposit of NIS
100,000 into his account, a guilty verdict would have resulted.
Sir, – Olmert aide Shula Zaken will be blamed completely for
the cases of envelope-taking and double-billing, and therefore should certainly
have been given a far harsher sentence than four months of community
The fact that ordinary people convicted of the same thing get
much harsher jail terms should make us wonder about the parameters of the case
The Holyland affair is still being tried. Ehud Olmert is
one of those on trial. I can only say that a country that put a former president
in prison for seven years should be capable of doing justice and evaluating the
case of the Holyland bribery scandal.
It will never
Sir, – The Church of England is sowing seeds of its own destruction
(“Church of England decision to support anti-Israel group strains relations with
British Jews,” July 12).
Islamic groups that want to wipe Israel and the
Jews off the map also want to destroy the Christians. England should have
learned a long time ago that appeasement didn’t work with Hitler, and it won’t
Remember San Remo?
Sir, – Your
editorial “Settling truths” (July 10) includes the following paragraph regarding
Judea and Samaria: “The territory enjoys a unique status in international law as
land that has never been unequivocally set aside for a specific people by the
I submit that the land was indeed unequivocally
set aside for the Jews, by the League of Nations, the San Remo Conference and
the terms of the British Mandate. None of this was superseded by UN General
Assembly Resolution 181. General Assembly resolutions are recommendations and do
not create international law.
Israel in space
– As a lecturer at the International Space University and a researcher at Tel
Aviv University on space policy issues, I feel it important to point out a
glaring omission in what is a mostly accurate and informative article
(“Scientists, pupils present prospective lunar craft to Knesset space
committee,” July 11).
The article does not mention that Israel itself has
independent launch capability. In fact, we are one of only 10 countries in the
world with this capability. Also, Israel has sent an astronaut into space: Ilan
Ramon. Although we did not launch him ourselves, the reference to Israeli
satellites that other agencies launched would make it fair to mention an
astronaut launched by another agency.
These bits of information are
perhaps two of the most impressive and outstanding achievements of Israeli space
Tel Aviv The writer is a researcher at the Yuval
Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security Ideal situation
Sir, – Isi
Leibler (“Netanyahu and the haredim,” Candidly Speaking, July 11) correctly
notes the ancient Torah work ethic. Leibler and others like MK Haim Amsalem
repeatedly point out the attitudes of the Torah and Talmud toward the benefits
of religious study combined with an occupation. The imperative of defending the
Land of Israel is also emphasized in all the Torah codes.
On the same
page, Greer Fay Cashman (“Time to stop badmouthing haredim and to open a
dialogue”) notes how the secularists have to acknowledge the Torah basis of the
establishment of the State of Israel.
All this leads one to conclude that
the social aspects of repealing the Tal Law cut two ways: Religious people have
to learn what contributing to the state implies for a Torah mind, and
secularists have to learn what the supreme values of Torah mean for the Jewish
When haredim are more integrated into society, including the army,
they will surely influence the general population, and vice versa. This would be
an ideal state of affairs for the future of our country.
It’s in the threat
Sir, – What a peculiar article by Albert B. Wolf
(“Iran and the bomb: Nothing to fear but fear itself,” Comment & Features,
The use of the atom bomb was not relevant to the goings on at
the Suez Canal in 1956 because nobody threatened to use it.
And a nuclear
arms race “failed to break out” in the Middle East after Israel acquired the
bomb because Israel never threatened anyone with it.
Iran has promised
over and over to wipe Israel off the map.
It is now seeking the weapon
with which to fulfill this threat.