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Sharing the burden
Sir, – The challenging retort of Moses to the tribes of Reuben and Gad in regard
to their request to settle on the east of the Jordan while the remaining tribes
were to be engaged in the battles necessitated by their entrance into the
promised land, should serve as a most appropriate rejoinder to those haredim in
New York who were protesting against Israel’s drafting of yeshiva students for
military service (“Thousands of haredim in lower Manhattan protest IDF draft,”
“Shall your brothers go out to war while you sit here?”
(Numbers 32) Is there a need for any more to be said?
Sir, – The forthcoming extravaganza honoring President Shimon
Peres’s 90th birthday is a scandal of monumental proportions (“KKL-JNF won’t pay
Bill Clinton’s $500,000 speaking fee,” June 10).
Not that I wish to
deprive the nonagenarian his due.
But where does a country like Israel or
even its paragovernmental organization have the chutzpah to pay former US
president Clinton $500,000 as payment for delivering a speech on behalf of
Peres? Who knows how many other generous gratuities have been offered to
celebrities who appear at the party? It is untenable that Israel, with so many
of its citizens below the poverty line, sustain such extravagance.
addition, I know the IDF cannot afford to pay for basic army clothing like
fleece linings, quality thermo clothing, etc. to our service men in various
combat troops. Not able to provide these basics, the IDF encourages the soldiers
to raise the money for these basic necessities on their own! Instead of wasting
funds on self-indulgent birthday parties, the money should be going to the
impoverished citizens of Israel and to the men and women who are defending our
Devoid of history
Sir – It seldom occurs
that one can differ from Martin Sherman’s carefully crafted essays, other than
over a few items. In this case, a few omissions can be added (“My prediction:
Please help prove it wrong,” Into the Fray, Observations, June 7).
very question of Israel’s claims to sovereignty can be readily challenged. A
true democracy entails personal parliamentary representation.
the past to secure this vital element, the province of a truly functional
democracy, have always fallen on deaf ears. Neither the principal parties or
leading politicians would consider it.
For years, several Arab members of
the Knesset have engaged in acts or language undoubtedly of a traitorous nature
without any recourse.
In recent times, we have witnessed improper
behavior by active and passive public figures denigrating the state, without an
effective challenge by the government.
What comes to mind immediately is
the highly acclaimed Israeli film, The Gatekeepers.
Years ago, who would
have imagined that several key former heads of the Mossad would have publicly
paraded left-wing propaganda? That they would have suffered a crisis of
confidence may be understood, but allowing their experience of old fashioned
Jewish guilt to be used to present the arguments of our enemies in an open forum
Nor is their anguish in slaying creatures given to acts of
It is shameful that a movie displaying total intellectual
dishonesty, completely devoid of history and with an emphasis on a lack of
dignity by prominent individuals, has been lauded to our
Finally, it is not surprising that we have now reached a low
level in esteem, considering our desperation. If one is not truly independent,
what can be the expectation? ALEX ROSE