A two-faced Obama?
Sir, – If US President Barack Obama does finally visit
Israel, he will be welcomed (“Obama tells Netanyahu he’s ‘ready’ to come to
Israel,” July 7). But before he comes, we need to know which Obama will be
Will it be the March Obama, who insulted Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu by making him enter the White House through a back door, who
hectored him with pro- Palestinian views, who refused any joint press
appearances and did not allow photographers? Or will it be the July Obama, who
changed his attitudes and was not only welcoming to Netanyahu, but seemed to
have changed his own policies, accepting Netanyahu’s 10-month building freeze on
the West Bank and praising Netanyahu’s liberalization of the blockade of Gaza as
“brave” steps? Now Obama must use pressure on the Palestinians to ensure that
direct talks start as soon as possible.
If he does, we might be disposed
to welcome him as a friend.
Otherwise, we too can show him the back
Sir, – As someone who made aliya from Chicago, I
am not fooled by President Obama’s public “change” toward Israel. His
support and friendship was just that, a show. A show to keep the Jewish
for the November elections. If he comes here I would bet that it will be
to those elections.KURT SIMON
Jerusalem A promise is a promise
Sir, – A
very large advertisement on page 7 (July 6) has a large heading: “A
promise is a
The images of seven ministers appear in the advertisement,
concerning a possible extension of the building freeze. I, for one,
wholeheartedly: a promise is indeed a promise.
However, I want to remind
them that their statement also applies to the promise of the government
remove all illegal constructions in Judea and Samara. Maybe they should
another advertisement to the settlers to remind them that they should
accept the fact that a promise is a promise.REUVEN YAGIL
imbalance in culpability
Sir, – Regarding the agreement that Israel and the
Palestinians will both investigate war crimes and improper behavior of
personnel, why is Israel the only one that is under scrutiny (“Soldiers
charges for misconduct during Cast Lead,” July 7)? Aren’t the
required to investigate and report on alleged crimes committed by its
terrorists and militants who used human shields, fired missiles from
populated civilian areas, and sent children to attack Israeli military
Why the imbalance in culpability, responsibility and reporting? And
if there was honesty from the Palestinian side, it would reveal how the
soldiers acted under duress and threat of attack in most, if not all
the lack of Palestinian investigating, and the presence of Israeli
it clear that the Israeli army acted responsibly in Operation Cast Lead,
as in the flotilla incident.ABDUL MURPHY
Chicago, IL An open letter
about the film festival
This is an open letter to Meg Ryan and any other
misguided celebrities (or just regular folks) who are boycotting Israel
Festivals and other visits to Israel due to the Mavi Marmara
I am sure you are all kind, caring humanitarians, who choose to use
your high visibility and ability to influence the “regular people” when
a stand in cases involving morality. I commend you for this.
many people, good people, have been duped by those who would demonize
and take every opportunity to do so.
I implore you, please do the right
thing, and not what may be “in style” as the supposed right thing.
struggles on a daily basis for its safety, against many of those who
its total destruction.
I wish you all of the best, and hope that you and
all good people open your eyes to see truth and seek justice.BARBARA
Beit Shemesh Are we sacrificing others for Gilad?
Sir, – I admire the
family of Gilad Schalit for working tirelessly for the release of their
sure they would volunteer to sacrifice themselves in his place if they
The same cannot be said for many others who advocate paying “any
price” for his release.
Statistics show that for our single prisoner,
other Israelis will die at the hands of the Hamas prisoners released in
exchange. I feel that what they are doing is volunteering me and my
My apologies to any of the marchers who would volunteer to
sacrifice their own children in the place of Gilad Schalit.
Gilad Schalit – but not by signing the death warrant for others.NAOMI
Jerusalem Where is the outrage?
Sir, – Is Caroline Glick the only voice
of sanity and selfrespect today in Israel? In “Standing Down the Hate-
Jury” (July 6), she writes that hating Israel is now a valid criminal
Britain, with five people who admitted to destroying $225,000 at an arms
in Brighton acquitted because their “aim” was to prevent the arms
IDF, which might use them against the Gazans. Not only did the jury
but the judge’s guidance precipitated and virtually ensured the
Why is there not a protest against this injustice by our
government, Foreign Ministry, Justice Ministry, our so-called leaders?
we react? Why is it always too little, too late, if at all? The world is
injustice and lies against Israel and unless we become pro-active, it
continue and grow stronger – just because we let it.DVORA WAYSMAN
Sir, – The British judge who oversaw the non-guilty verdict of five
men who vandalized an Israeli arms company condoned violence and damage
property without even checking the facts. “Hell on earth,” as he
situation for Gazans, is what Israel has suffered with suicide bombings,
attacks, kidnappings, and those who have no regard for the Geneva
requirements for the treatment of prisoners of war.
Hell on earth is what
Gilad Shalit is going through, and what the kidnapped soldiers in
were probably killed after capture, went through. Hell on earth is what
Pearl went through when he was executed because he was a Jew.
the British government wake up and realize that Israel is not the enemy?
Sir, – Caroline Glick finished her article – concerning
the British judge who acquitted five persons who trashed a factory that
dealings with Israel – by asking why Israel’s response was muted,
I would add, lacking in any form of aggressive tactic.
I would submit
that the problem lies in the Israeli threshold of indignation. Usurp his
in a queue, steal his parking spot, tell him “no” when he wants to hear
and he will fight tooth-and-nail. Ask him to formulate a calculated
a major insult such as that delivered by the British judge, and it is
matter entirely.DAVID S. ADDLEMAN