Rules of the road
Sir, – Regarding “Couple changing tire killed by truck in hit and run” (July 4), such a tragic accident requires an immediate and drastic change of policies concerning emergency stops on highways.
The increase in speed limits and the reduction in shoulder widths in order to add lanes make it almost impossible to make a safe emergency stop on many highways.
The lane adjacent to the car making an emergency stop should be immediately closed by the driver by using a large, collapsible warning sign with a blinking light.
The current yellow vests and triangle reflectors offer little warning to drivers approaching at very high speeds.
I am aware that such a proposal will be very unpopular with the Transportation Ministry, which wants to keep traffic moving as fast as possible and avoid traffic jams. It is thus to be hoped that the ministry will take serious steps to improve road safety for those who must make emergency stops.DAVID GOSHEN
Sir, – After reading “Gov’t committee to unify spelling of names on
maps” (July 4), I hope that the members of the sub-committee assigned to
making new English language road signs and city signs for the country
are all native English speakers.HELA CROWN-TAMIR
Stars and stripes
Sir, – I appreciate that Israel has become a lackey of America. The rot
started when your newspaper dropped real English for Americanis( z)ed
spelling. But publishing “Happy Fourth of July, Israel” (Comment &
Features, July 4) shows that things are getting out of hand.
Are you going to go overboard for Bastille Day and St. George’s Day? Are
we to celebrate Canada Day, South Africa Day, etc.? No doubt in the
future we will have Hamas day! Get a grip! We are a polyglot society,
each community with its own customs, but most of all we are Israelis.
It’s this toadying to others that got us in the political mess we’re in.HARVEY GREEN
Sir, – Why is America so unsure of its role in the world? Perhaps
because it has abandoned its foundational principles in favor of a
post-modern, left-leaning world view – the same one Jeff Barak
ceaselessly beats on Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular, and on
Israel in general (“Israel and the US – two countries, shared idea,”
Reality Check, July 4).
Were we governed more by Torah values and less by worrying what the intellectual elites advise, we would surely be better off.
And notwithstanding the importance of committed friends like Ron Lauder,
I am much more comfortable with the leadership of an experienced
soldier/intellectual/politician than with advice from a cosmetics heir.DORON BEN-AVI
Sir, – Regarding “National unity, democracy and the heritage of the
‘Altalena’” (Comment & Features, June 30), Susan Hattis Rolef is
concerned that there are “disaffected Jewish minority groups in Israel
who pose a threat to national unity and democracy” and that should an
Israeli majority agree to give up parts of Judea and Samaria, “the hard
core of ideological settlers and their supporters will not accept this
What an absurd notion to suggest that dividing our land, giving it away
to our enemies and then expelling Jews from their homes would result in
unity! In the US, citizens have a Bill of Rights that protects any
minority from the tyranny of the majority.
They can express any viewpoint without fear of being arrested.
In the US, any treaty signed by the president must be approved by
two-thirds of the Senate. In the US, it is inconceivable to relinquish
any territory to an enemy.
It seems to me that Israel should adopt laws similar to those in the
United States that would protect all of its citizens – majority and
minority – and bring about greater unity as well as democracy.IRA NOSENCHUK
Trust God, not Obama
Sir, – Irwin Cotler is wrong in insisting Israel accept President
Obama’s peace plan, which is based on the pre-1967 lines with mutually
agreed land swaps (“Obama, Netanyahu and the peace process,” Comment
& Features, July 4).
This plan simply means that Israel would be obligated to withdraw fully
to those lines. Any land swaps would depend on Palestinian willingness.
This is unlikely, as they insist on having millions of Arabs be allowed
into pre-1967 Israel.
Recent history has shown that compromises by Israel lead to even more
demands for compromise while areas it vacates became havens for
As a religious Jew, I think Israel can put its trust in the God that
returned the Jews to their land and capital after so many centuries.BEN KLEIN
Sir, – Barry Rubin’s outline of the failures of international guarantees
(“An Obama peace plan? No thanks, we’re still paying for the last one,”
The Region, July 4) was well done and accurate – as far as it went,
which was the last 30 years. He thus omitted the most significant
historical case, which was in the aftermath of the 1956 Sinai Campaign,
where in return for exiting the Sinai we were given international
guarantees, with the presence of UN peacekeepers to prevent another war.
That guarantee lasted a mere decade. Upon Nasser’s request, the UN made a hasty exit and the result was the Six Day War.
It is the epitome of foolishness to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.GEORGE LEBOVITZ
A golden idea
Sir, – I wish to offer a suggestion for solving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Israel and Palestine can both become sovereign states within a new federal union. This union can be called the “Abraham Union.”
This political framework is similar to how Britain and France are
sovereign states within the European Union. The Abraham Union can be
open to other countries of the Middle East as it grows and becomes
Jerusalem can become the capital of both Israel and Palestine.
Jerusalem will in essence become a national capital territory similar to Canberra in Australia.
A federal constitution and charter of rights and freedoms, similar to
the laws in Canada, can spell out the responsibilities and jurisdiction
that the governments of Israel and Palestine divide with the new federal
parliament in Jerusalem.
The Abraham Union will be responsible for the best interests of both
Israel and Palestine. This will help bring about lasting peace and
prosperity in the region. It is no accident that members of the European
Union have not gone to war since they formed an economic and political
The benefits to Israel and a new sovereign Palestine are numerous.
Everything from increased tourism and trade to diplomacy based on mutual
respect and recognition will finally bring peace, security, opportunity
and healing to this war-torn area.
More important, the Abraham Union might bring secularism, democracy,
human rights and an independent judiciary to the nations of North Africa
and the Middle East. This is a true Arab Spring, where fairness and
equality prevails! ALEX SANGHA
In our July 4 editorial “Rethink ties with the Brotherhood!” we
mistakenly quoted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as calling the
country’s 1949 armistice lines “Auschwitz borders.” It was, in fact,
Abba Eban who made this comment. We apologize for the error.