Drop the slogans
Sir, – I have never been so encouraged by an article as I was
by “Israel served as ‘main course’ at EU dinner, official says” (June
After 20 centuries, we finally have a leader who defies the
traditional image of the court Jew.
The time has come for Israel to drop
the peace and democracy slogans. Applied to the Muslim world they are
The 1967 border we accept is on the Jordan River. Muslims who
seek to replace our law with Shari’a are guests but not citizens.
complied with UN Resolution 242 when it returned the Sinai, which was 90 percent
of the land the Arabs lost in 1967.
The rest was forfeited to
Jerusalem Spending and scurrying
Sir, – Home Front
Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i says Israel has never been better prepared for an
all-out war that could see thousands of missiles and rockets, some with chemical
warheads, fired into the country – killing hundreds of Israelis, wounding over
20,000 and causing hundreds of thousands to be evacuated from their homes
(“Israel trains for worse-case scenario,” June 23).
This is supposed to
make us feel safe? How pathetic. Our government is accepting dead and wounded
Israelis as a given by continuing to take a reactive and not proactive
Israel saw and ignored for years the buildup of our enemies so
that today we are spending billions of dollars on defense – and scurrying into
shelters. Our enemies know well enough that our government is so afraid of
condemnation that they can rest assured that apart from the odd sortie, they can
attack at will.
There should be outrage over this, not
Netanya Flip sides of Bob
Sir, – All the talk
about Bob Dylan not addressing the audience in Tel Aviv is nonsense (“Dylan –
Still a work in progress,” Arts & Entertainment, June 22).
record: Bob spent 90 minutes addressing the audience with his songs. Bob talked,
With one exception, I never heard Bob address the
audience in the two dozen shows I attended over 37 years on three
Here in the holy land he played Highway 61 Revisited: “Oh God
said to Abraham, kill me a son....” Isn’t that addressing them in Israel? SHMUEL
Sir, – A word to David Brinn following his morning-after report
of the concert (“Dylan shines in Ramat Gan,” June 21): “Crackled with energy?
Strong vocal form? Depth of character?” What show were you at, David? Certainly
not the one I attended! The Dylan I saw was in horrendous voice, hurried,
unresponsive and completely unconcerned that more than 20,000 fans had come to
experience a legend.
Many left halfway through his set, shaking their
heads at us old-timers, wondering if the praise they’d heard us heap upon old
Bob for decades was a fairy-tale or “artificially induced.”
The best part
of the night may have been when the giant screens went blank, mimicking our lack
of interest as we waited in vain for the thrill that never came.STEWART
Sir, – If you watch the many high-quality videos of the concert
circulating on the Internet, you will see that Dylan put on a superb show with
clear, coherent vocals.
Still, the poor sound quality for anyone except
those sitting on the pitch was absolutely unacceptable.
over NIS 250 on a ticket should be assured a clear listening experience. The
promoters should offer refunds.
Regarding the video screens, it is
actually a rarity for Dylan to allow projectors at his concerts, so fans in the
back rows should consider themselves lucky. And for the first time in
approximately 20 years, Dylan played the same setlist two shows in a row, with
15 songs from 11 different albums! It’s a shame Dylan did not acknowledge the
audience, as it would have been a nice gesture.
But this was definitely
not atypical for him. Let’s hope he comes back to Israel soon.DANIEL
Sir, – In his review of the Dylan concert, David Brinn wrote
“...Dylan introduced to the world that a ‘good’ voice isn’t a requirement to
make great music.”
If someone had asked me, I would have said it was
Louis Armstrong, somewhere around 1925.FRED CASDEN
Brinn responds: The varied reactions to the Bob Dylan concert show that he is
still ruffling feathers 46 years after going electric.Shame on Obama
Sir, – What a shame that Jonathan Pollard was denied permission to attend his
father’s funeral (Morris Pollard laid to rest without Jonathan in attendance,
June 21). Worse yet, despite the pleas from so many Israeli and American
leaders, President Obama didn’t even respond, one way or another.
ignored them, like he’s been doing for Jonathan’s release all these
Shame on you, President Obama! HANNAH SONDHELM
Sir, – It
is not enough that US governments have excessively punished Jonathan Pollard.
Now President Obama had to punish his father. He just couldn’t let this dying
man hold his son one more time.
Morris Pollard was no ordinary man. He
served humanity and his country with distinction. An internationally recognized
scientist, he published more than 300 scientific articles, was a student of
disease mechanisms for 40 years and was awarded a commendation medal and three
presidential citations for work on exotic viruses and typhus during WWII. He
earned some respect.
Obama awarded him death without a freed son or a
Congratulations, Mr. President, you have shown yourself to be
without decency, sympathy or gratitude.BERNARD SMITH
President Obama recently addressed a very important group of donors to his
campaign, and he reiterated the statement that they love to hear: The bonds
between the United States and Israel are unshakeable.
That is a very
This would have been the time for President Obama to
state that Jonathan Pollard could attend his father’s funeral and would receive
a pardon after serving 25 years in prison.
The Jewish saying that to save
one human life is to save a whole world is particularly true in the case of
President Obama failed to make the moral and correct
Sir, – The cold-blooded attitude of the
Obama administration to the world-wide requests to let Pollard attend his
father's funeral shows us where Obama’s real concerns are.
I have no
doubt that had such a request been made by a Muslim, the response would have
been immediate and positive.
After all, Obama showed his love and
devotion to Islam both in his Cairo speech and in his “obeisance” to the Saudi
As a Christian, he chose to attend for many years a church where he
heard anti-Semitic and anti-Israel diatribes very similar to what he would have
heard in a mosque. He even defended the pastor.
Isn’t it about time we
removed our blinkers and faced the facts as they are, and not as we would like
them to be? EMANUEL FISCHER
Jerusalem More than capable
Sir, – We wish to
congratulate Steve Linde on being named editor- in-chief-designate. David
Horovitz will be a hard act to follow, but we are sure Linde is more than
capable of achieving success.HAROLD and LYNETTE LEVIUS