Sir, – I am not sure which Formula One race Daniel K. Eisenbud watched
for his article “Formula 1 ‘Peace Road Show’ lives up to name,” (June 14) and I
am not sure what exactly this “road show” was living up to.
exhibition managed to tie up the city streets from 1 p.m. on Thursday
until 2 p.m. on Friday.
If you did not pay between NIS 250 and 750 to
view the show from the grandstand, or be lucky enough to stand atop one of the
penthouse apartments along the route, you were forced to stand in the heat of
sun to watch one car pass every 20 minutes.
And where was the “peace?” We
did not need the road show for the world to see Arabs and Jews shop together, or
be together in a friendly manner.
Visit any hospital, walk through
Mamilla or shop at the Rami Levi supermarket in Gush Etzion to see a real “peace
Hopefully the next time the mayor needs to have a road race he can
plan it around Beit Hakerem!
Jerusalem Change direction
Sir, – In
The Jerusalem Post
editorial “Two-state incoherence” (June 14), the writer
appears to approve of the prime minister’s views, but is critical of the various
ministers who hold opposing views, and sometimes express them. Worst of all, in
the writer’s eyes, is the fact that Likud MK Danny Danon, who opposes the
creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, was appointed by Netanyahu as
deputy defense minister.
It should be pointed out, however, that Danon,
and many other like-minded Likud MKs, hold views which are more faithful to the
traditional Likud party line, and more closely reflect the feelings of Likud’s
electorate than do the Center- Left policies which these days seem to be favored
by our prime minister. Indeed, Netanyahu appears to be losing touch with the
grassroots of his party.
A two-state solution, with its obvious dangers,
had always been advocated by the Left but shunned by the Right and Center-
Right, until Netanyahu declared his support for this concept in his 2009
Bar-Ilan speech, and subsequently defended his position on many occasions;
notwithstanding warnings from experts that the establishment of a Palestinian
state in the West Bank could threaten Israel’s very survival.
electorate has good reason to feel that, once again, they voted for the Right
and got the Left. If our leaders can feel themselves free to change political
direction once elected, it makes a mockery of elections.RHONA YEMINI
Givatayim Green gridlock
Sir – I found Caroline Glick’s article “Oil brings us
to a better place” (Column One, Observations, June 14) very interesting, and I
congratulate her on the incisive analysis of the economic and sociological
aspects of the failure of Better Place and its electric car scheme, as well as
the economic devastation caused by the “greenies” in the Western world in
general and in Israel in particular.
While agreeing with Ms. Glick about
the senseless obstructionism of the green movement to any industrial innovation,
even to the extent of interminably delaying the essential economic development
of the oil-shale projects, I would like to make her aware of an even more
critical example here in Israel.
Ms. Glick seems to be totally unaware
that oil is already being produced in Israel itself, on shore, and commercially
– indeed, oil of the highest quality by all international standards.
were it not for the ridiculous and almost vindictive intervention of the green
movement in the development of our local oil field, Israel would already be in
the advanced throes of increasing the daily production.
Nobody can deny
that the goal of oil-self-sufficiency is a matter of supreme national
The Givot Olam Oil Company could have been well on the way to
helping to achieve this goal were it not for the delays caused by environmental
activists and the incomprehensible weight given to them by various government
and local authorities. From the date of the “discovery” of a commercial oil
field in the very center of the country, to the date that Givot was finally
allowed to go into production, a long period of time was wasted to satisfy the
ridiculous and damaging activism of a group of self-interested, fame-seeking,
ignorant individuals who put their own egos before the national
Sir, – Both Martin Sherman
(“Understanding politics in Israel: The limousine theory,” Into the Fray,
Observations, June 14) and Caroline Glick (“Oil brings us to a better place”)
have identified that unelected and anonymous powers are behind the throne who
are more interested in their own personal agenda than that of the state and its
Sherman has identified the back-seaters, but we are still
unaware of the actual names of these people, their affiliations, their business
interests and their international connections.
Glick’s coverage of the
problems of the pilot oil shale project of Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI)
indicates it is being hampered at all stages and has singled out unnamed radical
Environmental Ministry staff and incompetent bureaucrats at three ministries –
Justice, Energy and the Interior.
One wonders what breadth of knowledge
and experience these environmentalists have, given that Israel does not have any
sort of similar heavy industry, unlike Western Europe or North
Now the application goes to yet another body of both unnamed and
unelected people, namely the Jerusalem Planning Board. Who are these people, how
did they get their positions to the board and are they qualified to judge on
something that has never been done in Israel before? No doubt they will rely on
the evidence of external consultants, but there are none in Israel who have any
practical knowledge of the subject since the only oil shale project in Israel
operated by PAMA ended decades ago, and its technology was totally different
from that of IEI. So is the anonymous board which usually deals with housing and
factory planning and zoning competent to make a decision? It should not be left
to this board to make the decision but to a select committee of senior
government ministers alone.ELIEZER KAUFMAN
JerusalemThe writer is the
former engineering manager at PAMA Ltd.
Sir, – A lot of Israelis will
have woken up with a glow in their heart after reading Caroline Glick’s article
entitled “Oil brings us a better place.”
At last, Israel will be self
sufficient in energy. First there was the discovery of the huge offshore gas
deposits, and now we also have vast reserves of shale oil. The former will
provide us with all the fuel required to generate electricity and the latter
will provide us with the means to run our cars for years to
Contrary to what we are made to believe, this will be an
undertaking of major proportions with all the infrastructure which will be
required. This is just one aspect, but the far larger one that was glossed over
is global warming. The cumulative effect of the exhaust emissions from our cars
– and to some extend the emissions from our power stations – leads to global
One has to read what the experts, not Greenpeace, have to say
on the subject to understand what is at stake. According to them, we have
already reached a dangerous stage and if we continue to do as we have been doing
then the problem will only get worse .
One day we shall see the folly of
our ways and change, but until that happens I suppose it will be business as
usual.J. E. JEFFRIES