Sir, – “Netanyahu receives ‘expensive gift’ in plenum: Cottage cheese” (June 16) makes it sound as if our MKs Are really working hard to get dairy prices rolled back. Wish it were so! Boycotting an item in the market is something the masses of Israelis have failed to learn. The Association of American and Canadians in Israel began a boycott in the mid- 1980s against the spiraling prices of tomatoes. AACI members were steadfast; our fellow Israelis, both native and olim, then followed.
Together they raised the slogan “Leave the tomatoes on the stands – we can live without them.” After a standoff of a month, the prices dropped to where they should have been.
Now we must make Tnuva, Strauss, Tara and all the other dairy producers
recognize that we will not pay the prices they have dropped upon us. Let
us rise in protest – then our prime minister and MKs will truly hear.
Sir, – So nothing can be done about illegally employed migrants until
the proposed detention center is built (“Gov’t: Number of African
migrants reaches high for 2011 as plans for ‘housing facility’
released,” June 16).
How about taking some of the 35,000 migrants to start building the
facility? This would give meaningful employment and at last get things
Sir, – I was pleased to see the beautiful June 16 picture and
information regarding the recent eclipse of the moon. I would have been
more pleased had you published information regarding the eclipse in
advance so that I could have seen it myself.
Any friend is good
Sir, – The abusive, ad hominem attack by Larry Derfner (“Godspeed to
Jerusalem, Glenn Beck,” Rattling the Cage, June 16) on the entire Right
in America is characteristic of a movement that cannot use logic to
defend its paucity of thought.
Derfner decries just what? That the Right loves Israel? That it decries
the post-modern democratic view of foreign policy, which seeks to
obliterate values because they clash with the overwhelming violence and
population statistics of Islam? Or is it simply that it does not tow his
surrender-everything mindset? I welcome all visitors to Israel, but
particularly those who support us rather than seek to destroy us.
CHAIM A. ABRAMOWITZ
Sir, – Larry Derfner’s latest comments do a great disservice to all
those Jews in America and Europe who are happy to see someone stand up
for Israel. He trots out all the usual name-calling that is a trademark
of the Left. He calls right-wing Americans “meshuggenehs” and implies
that they are stupid and rotten rather than patriotic Americans who are
devoted to America and her one friend in the Middle East.
Derfner says that Glenn Beck is going to make Israel an embarrassment
for American Jews and will make no new converts for Israel’s cause.
Liberal Jews are already embarrassed by the fact that by accident of
birth they are Jewish, so anything Beck might do or say will not add to
At this time in our history we need those American Jews and Christians
who see Israel for what it is, and are proud to stand up and say they
love and support us.
Sir, – Larry Derfner does illuminate a serious issue in his column –
that Glenn Beck and other members of the Christian Right are routinely
Recently, a friend of mine advised her American mother to take a look at
a YouTube video of Glenn Beck. Her mother replied, “You mean that
right-wing extremist?” But she was sufficiently open-minded to do just
that and found a man who talks straight-forward sense.
We all need to discount the labels instead of the people and judge their words purely for content.
Anyone who considers himself open-minded will be willing to read
articles of authors possessing opposing world views and judge them on
their own merit, and occasionally be able to see that there are valid
points even in the opposite camp.
Sir, – Frankly, I usually shudder listening to the self-righteous
comedic exhortations displayed by Glenn Beck and would definitely prefer
a more sophisticated and subtle approach to promoting and defending
Israel and Zionism.
However, delegitimizing and demonizing our country needs to be
challenged forcefully, and sadly we do not have many friends in the
world eager to champion our cause despite the fact that we are in the
front line defending democracy and Western values.
GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Sir, – We have the impression that Christians want us all to return to
Israel so that their Messiah will come and convert us. I have learned
recently that this is not true. Our Christian friends believe that if
they do not stand with Israel the wrath of God will fall upon them, as
quoted in the Five Books of Moses.
Whatever their reasons, I thank them and bless them for standing with
us, showing us that we are not alone. Hopefully, thousands of people
will make the trip to Israel, and not at a small expense, considering
the economic situation in the world.
Sir, – Most Israelis and most of the non-Jewish supporters of Israel in
the US, whether energized by religious or historical motives, are by no
means crazy or deranged.
Our view of our role in recreating the Jewish state that belongs here in
Israel is so well-seated in reality that we are not about to initiate
Though it is true that some Christian evangelicals see the return to
Zion as a step toward the end of days, a majority of the non-Jews who
support Israel and our cause are not focused on the apocalypse. They see
commonality in our moral and ethical framework, and appreciate the
recent history of the Jewish people.
Sir, – Since The Jerusalem Post once favored British spelling, it is
indeed shocking that Larry Derfner deftly has been turning it into an
American slang/bi-lingual paper by opining about distasteful “machers”
and “meshuggenehs.” He voices “hell,” “damn,” “lousy,” “wacko,”
“hardass” and other terms better suited to the gutter or Vegas or the
Catskill borscht belt. Our real existential challenges are
lifethreatening and tragic (shlemiel?).
Derfner is no Jackie Mason, Jack Benny or Sid Caesar and would receive an immediate pink slip from the Yiddisher Forward.
Statistics don’t lie
Sir, – Regarding “Bright spots and dark horizons” (Reality Check, June
13), Jeff Barak criticizes the government and the media for singling out
the Arab population for unfair criticism regarding its respect for the
He cites a case where a hit-andrun scooter driver, identity unknown, ran over and badly injured a pedestrian.
The truth of the matter is that Arabs have caused numerous accidents,
especially fatal ones, far in excess of their proportion of the
population. Many people believe that the reason could be that Arabs,
resentful of what they perceive to be their inferior status,
deliberately flout Israel’s laws, particularly on the highways, causing
death and injuries to Jews.
Statistics don’t lie. The Arabs proportionately far exceed the Jews in
auto accidents. But Barak persists in blaming the Jews for