Much more to do
Sir, – There are those who believe that the Zionist dream was
fully realized with the creation of the State of Israel. They are fundamentally
wrong! While the State of Israel is, indeed, the fulfillment of a major goal of
Zionism, it is not the only goal. Zionism sets out to enhance the renaissance of
the Jewish nation after two millennia of Diaspora existence.
It has a
vital role to play in establishing and defining Jewish values there and in the
Without these values, Israel could easily evolve into a
marginal Jewish experiment (“Zionist Congress is indeed relevant,” June
The World Zionist Organization presents a forum to encompass all
kinds of Jewish thought and beliefs, and must thrive as a seedbed for future
Jewish leadership in Israel and abroad.HAIM M. LERNER
Ganei Tikva Large
Sir, – Regarding “Jerusalem mayor warns kids about drugs” (June
15), the original article on the tragic deaths of the two young people in the
city appeared in the “News in Brief” section a few days before.
this horrific story should have been printed on the front page, with the
headline in large letters, so that the kids would be forewarned that
many of the
drugs, such as methadone, are tainted and therefore quite
Let’s try and ensure that the kids see these
Bnei Dror Some ‘independence’
Sir, – Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin has indefinitely delayed the implementation of a
decision by the House Committee to strip Balad MK Haneen Zoabi of
parliamentary privileges (“Israel Beiteinu fumes at Rivlin for delaying
Arab MK’s privileges,” June 15).
Rivlin consulted with senior government
officials. He concluded that a vote “would create heavy pressure against
from the US as well as Israel's friends.”
We are not protecting Israel’s
interests by looking first to see who will be upset. Everything we do
We have become so servile as to be unable to assure the most basic
tenets of our survival – security roadblocks and other forms of
in place to protect Israelis are removed in order to placate our
leading, of course, to the deaths of our people (“Palestinian gunman
policeman in West Bank ambush,” June 15).EDITH OGNALL
right of way
Sir, – Greer Fay Cashman (“Reclaiming the sidewalk,” June 14) makes
a valid point in her opinion piece about the difficulties of walking on
I would agree that motorcycles must be banned from sidewalks;
they belong on the roads. However, what is one to do with wheelchairs
scooters for the mobility- challenged? I for one use such a scooter – I,
others, have a right to roll along sidewalks.
As for Cashman’s
understandable frustration about not being able to get by cars parked on
sidewalk, she can at least step into the road, whereas people on
scooters or in
wheelchairs cannot if there is no ramp.
I and a small group called
Negishut Yerushaliyim (Jerusalem Accessibility) have been working with
municipality since 2006 – with less success as the years go on. We have
waiting for nearly a year for it to produce a flyer and sticker we
can be placed on offending vehicles.
I invite Cashman and others to help
us make the city more accessible and user-friendly.MAXINE BLENDIS
Jerusalem If 6 were 9 (or 13)
Sir, – Regarding “Group urges Knesset to raise
minimum age for leaving child alone from six to nine” (June 14), I
believe that the law allows children to stay home alone at the age of
nine is ridiculous! I would say 13 is nearer the correct age.JUDY GOLDIN
Kiryat Ono Delicious irony
Sir, – Am I alone in noticing the irony of Israeli
potatoes being boycotted in Dublin supermarkets (“BDS: Nuisance or
threat?,” June 15)? SYDNEY FABER Jerusalem Appealing explainers needed
Each time there is a confrontation between Israel and its adversaries –
saw it again with the Mavi Marmare – the world media use every argument
delegitimize our country.
We have to admit to a failure of our
Imagine if Abba Eban were alive today. Most likely, he would be
far superior to our current spokesmen.
Why do we not have a Ministry for
Hasbara, whose task would be to assemble a team of political analysts
speakers with pleasant and appealing demeanors, to present the case for
eloquently and convincingly at every possible forum? NAFTALI WAGSCHAL
Brooklyn Don’t overlook Ankara
Sir, – If Israel is setting up a board of inquiry to
examine Israel’s role in the death of nine Turkish passengers aboard a
ship, who’s going to investigate Turkey’s role?
Sir, – With reports from The Times of London noting that Saudi Arabia
has agreed to turn off its air defense system to enable Israel to deal
Iran’s nuclear threat (“’Saudi airspace is open for Iran attack,” June
adage that holds in multiple languages – the enemy of my enemy is my
friend – is
Who knows? Is an exchange of ambassadors next?
Los Angeles No equality
Sir, – While Knesset members object to some Israeli MKs
visiting “enemy” countries, others endorse, participate in and incite
law-breaking activities with impunity.
MK Arye Eldad helped rebuild a
structure originally built in the West Bank, clearly violating the
freeze. “I would be happy if you would include me in the rebuilding
“I would be happy to be invited for additional
MK Haneen Zoabi’s “crime” was participating in the Gaza
Freedom Flotilla and making some extremely hurtful, cruel and inciting
And not being Jewish. For this, MKs advocate revoking
Eldad’s crime was in violating the freeze,
inciting others to flaunt the law by his example, and indicating his
intent to break the law again. Eldad is Jewish. For him, MKs are silent.
to “rule of law” in the “only democracy in the Middle East.” The tragedy
our silence gives tacit approval, allowing this to continue!
O’Connor, Australia Cup, shmup
Sir, – Am I the only person in Israel who doesn’t
give a hoot about the World Cup? The obsession with this event, and the
that it has been receiving the lion’s share of air time on national
make me question the judgment of programming decisionmakers, as well as
viewing preferences of the national audience.
Isn’t there room for
programs that promote brains rather than brawn?
A large number of Englishspeakers are being deprived of their daily
English-language news because of the “necessity” of broadcasting the
on Channel 33.
There are at least two other channels that have been
broadcasting these games from the beginning.
Why, then, cannot these
mostly elderly individuals, who have not managed to learn enough Hebrew,
their daily “dose” of English news? I urge all fair-minded individuals
up and protest this highly unfair and unnecessary move by the
Authority. Give these people back their English news!