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Bit of a reach
Sir, – Being somewhat vertically challenged myself, it was easy
for me to relate to Judy Montagu’s delightful article (“Sizing things up,” In My
Own Write, July 27). Supermarket shelves constantly present a problem; one
always needs to ask for help. However I would caution against doing what I once
unthinkingly did – I approached a nice young man and asked him if I could take
advantage of his inches!
Asseret We have neither
Sir, – It seems
silly to talk of Turkey’s Plan A and Plan B when there is only Erdogan’s plan –
to end the alliance with Israel (“Turkish PM threatens to further downgrade
diplomatic ties with Israel,” July 26). However, the loss of Turkey is
compensated by the warming of relations with Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus
and Armenia. Israel may have even benefitted.
What is disturbing is that
the president of Israel was publicly insulted by the prime minister of Turkey, a
supposed ally at the time, at the international economic summit in
What self-respecting country would not have withdrawn its
ambassador until an apology was forthcoming? To paraphrase Winston Churchill, we
paid with dignity for friendship and we shall have neither.
Sir, – Turkey’s acts and insults are reminiscent of past Ottoman
In our region, insults carry deep political weight and
An Israeli apology is not only ridiculously inappropriate
but will not pacify Turkey. Rather, it will encourage more antagonism to promote
its regional image and status, which is Turkey’s real goal. It is not looking
for better relations with Israel.
Once and for all, Israel must not
negotiate when threatened or under pressure.
Not only is it undignified,
as we have repeatedly seen it does not work.ALFRED INSELBERG
Sir, – Regarding “Obama and the Jewish vote” (Candidly Speaking,
July 24), Isi Leibler, Dick Morris and Frank Luntz are all wrong – liberal,
secular American Jews are as wed to President Barack Obama as they were when
they voted overwhelmingly for him in 2008.
The only way Obama would lose
a significant percentage of that vote is if he outlawed abortion. He could cut
off all aid to Israel and not lose 5 percent.
Why? Because liberal Jews
see it as an act of self-mutilation to vote for a Republican, and especially
against an African-American.
It would be more useful to write off the
majority of US Jews as potential Republican voters and supporters of Israel.
That train left the station years ago. Better that committed Jews strike
alliances with Christian, Asian and white ethnic groups that share our
Highland Park, New Jersey Stay on the beach
I’m confident that I will never drown on an Israeli beach. The lifeguards won’t
let me. They are adamant about keeping me alive. I wish I could say the same
about Israeli drivers.
When I get off the beach, the very first
pedestrian crossing is a near-death experience. Drivers seem more than willing to
knock me down. They turn into hunters – any pedestrian is prey.
Israeli taxi I feel equally vulnerable. The driver is transformed into a speed
maniac as soon as we hit the road. Bumper-to- bumper, swerving from lane to lane.
One hand on the wheel, the other holding a cellphone. Shouting is required to
drown out the high-volume noise from the radio.
Do I exaggerate? Not
much. The annual number of deaths on Israeli roads is terrifying. The statistics
mostly report just the deaths; in addition come those who are seriously injured
and crippled for life.
Road fatalities are, in principle, 100 percent