Freedom of ideas
Sir, – I am very bewildered about the contention engendered by
remarks of Rabbi Dov Lior and Rabbi Ya’acov Yosef (“Rabbis should express
opinions without fear, Dov Lior tells crowd outside Supreme Court,” July
They endorsed a book that was legally oriented and available to
The effect is similar to reading a newspaper or reading an
editorial with which you agree or disagree.
Freedom of speech and thought
is not inciting by itself.
Freedom of thought and freedom of speech are
necessary in a democratic society to keep it democratic.
I certainly am
grateful for the fact that I believe Israel is strong enough to deal with a
divergence of opinions and be a free marketplace of competing
Sir, – In “Location is everything”
(Analysis, July 4) Jonah Mandel and Yaakov Lappin imply it to be incongruous
that those who were protesting the detainment of two highly venerated rabbis
chose as their venue the Supreme Court.
This is precisely the proper
focus of their demands for equality under the law. They do not contest that
anyone is above the law – rabbis included – rather that the law should be
applied under democratic principles, and equally.TUVIA MUSKIN
Truth will win
Sir, – In “Israeli, Turkish diplomats looking to end ‘Marmara’
crisis” (July 5), Herb Keinon writes: “Israeli and Turkish diplomats at the UN
are working on a statement regarding last year’s Mavi Marmara incident that
would be acceptable to both sides....”
I would like to make a
They should write the truth and let the chips fall where they
will. When you attempt to rewrite history to suit your own needs, at best you
are on shaky ground. Remember, this is the Turkey that still has not accepted
its role in the massacre of Armenians, and whose treatment of minorities is
You can never learn from your mistakes unless you own up to the
fact that a mistake was made in the first place.
A real friendship
between Israel and Turkey can only be achieved when both countries come to
realize that truth is the only path to a successful and fruitful
Shoham Moved to write...
Sir, – At the
age of almost 68, this is my first letter to a newspaper, but I feel I must
express my profound disgust.
If Dylan Murphy (“Flotilla or not,” Letters,
July 5) is so concerned about the people of Gaza, why does he not demonstrate
against the terrorist Hamas government that was elected by the people of Gaza
and which allows the indiscriminate bombardment of towns and cities inside
Israel? Why does he not demonstrate against the inhumane treatment of our
captive soldier, Gilad Schalit? I recommend that Murphy spend some time in
Ashkelon or Sderot during a rocket attack. Perhaps this reality might provide
him with a lesson in human rights – the right to live without fear from
indiscriminate rocket attacks.BRIAN LEVY
Ashkelon ...or to boredom
– Throughout the years, we have read of famous naval exploits, such as
Columbus’s crossing into the then-unknown, the Spanish Amarda, etc. These events
have gone down in history.
To these episodes can now be added the Gaza
I would suggest that the Post stop printing news or views about
this nonsense. Let it continue to fizzle out, and the naive do-gooders can go
play somewhere else.ZVI FREEDMAN
Kiryat Tivon No right of return
I am in full agreement with “There is no Palestinian right of return” (Comment
& Features, July 5). Bleeding hearts and those who simply love to find
something wrong with Israel have absolutely no basis for blaming it for
everything that goes wrong or what they simply don’t like! We Israelis have
built a state against overwhelming odds, and there is no justice whatsoever in
the blanket statement that says we have to allow at least a small percentage of
those Palestinians who left to return.
There are many such who did not
leave, and they are still here.
If they want to be Israelis, more power
to them! Those who left will just have to find their home in a future
NetanyaNo coup here
Sir, – Caroline B. Glick
makes the outrageous claim in “Israel’s palace coup plotters” (Our World, July
5) that Yoav Galant was appointed IDF chief of General Staff because he was
believed to be open to launching an attack against Iran. This is pure
Galant was appointed because he distinguished himself, among
other things, while commanding operations for Cast Lead. His inclination or
non-inclination to attack Iran was totally irrelevant.
Glick herself may
think that attacking Iran is a good idea, but she is definitely not the chief of
General Staff. Even more egregious, she falsely claims that Galant was ousted as
chief of General Staff-designate in a so-called palace coup. The fact is, he
caused his own problems. He did something illegal, and the attorney-general
could not justify his appointment.
The only palace coup in this case is
in Glick’s mind.YONATAN SILVERMAN
Tel Aviv A few buts
Sir, – The ifs
that Gershon Baskin advises the Palestinians to state (“If... then...,”
Encountering Peace, July 5) were all offered to PLO leaders in previous
negotiations by Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, and they were rejected out of hand.
The ifs suggested for Israel have also been stated clearly, but have not been
accepted by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu recently stated several times that if Abbas would publicly acknowledge
Israel as a Jewish state – thus accepting the legality provided by the UN
resolution of 1947 – with no other pre-conditions, negotiations could
It is as simple as that, with the ball now clearly in the
This needs to be acknowledged and accepted by US
President Barack Obama.MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond Ease of comparison
I was interested to read – side by side – in your July 4 Comment & Features
section two interpretations of US President Obama’s plan for peace
While that of Barry Rubin (“An Obama peace plan? No thanks,
we’re still paying for the last one”) was clearly based on painful facts, that
of Irwin Cotler (“Obama, Netanyahu and the peace process) painfully appeared to
be theoretical and rather wishful thinking.EZE GAHTAN
Closer to home
Sir, – As a longtime admirer of Kochav Nolad (A Star is Born),
one of the few television programs that is both apolitical and entertaining, I
was surprised, disappointed and saddened by the songs chosen for the
“anythingbut- Hebrew” segment of June 15.
If Arabic, French, Yemenite,
English and Spanish could be learned by the excellent performers, why not
Yiddish? What have the Beatles got that Itzik Manger lacks? Are we really so
estranged from our wonderful, rich Yiddish culture? To the producers of Kochav
Nolad: How about an all-Yiddish program?
ETTIE AMAN GOLDWATER
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