Sir, – I concur with the idealism and conclusion in Moshe Dann’s
op-ed “Isaiah Nation” (Comment and Features, June 26).
But as I read this
very well-written column, I was waiting for the author to address the failings in
far too many of our highest elected public officials.
How can we be an
“Isaiah Nation” and a “light unto the nations” when our presidents, prime
ministers, ministers, MKs and even chief rabbis are under investigation,
indicted, thrust into court, and serving time in jail! As an imperfect king is
commanded to write a Torah and learn from it, maybe we should demand that these
individuals study the Book of Isaiah and literally teach it to high school
students and others while they serve in office.HOWARD WEISBAND
Sir, – Moshe Dann’s “Isaiah Nation” is right on the mark, but fails to use the
most cogent argument.
For those who have actually read The Start-up
Nation, the role of both the development of military technology and the training
of young scientists and engineers by the IDF played in Israel’s position in the
civilian hi-tech world market today is quite clear.
This is a direct
fulfillment of Isaiah 2:4 – “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.”SAMUEL DERSHOWITZ
Sir, – In response to Seth Frantzman’s pitiful and distorted
argument, he seems to forget that the laws of this country outlaw gender
discrimination in any form (“Haredi higher education,” Terra Incognita, Comment
and Features, June 26).
The senate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
was absolutely correct in its decision to not have an academic association with
the Haredi College on egalitarian grounds. Gender segregation in a
state-supported institution of higher learning like the Hebrew University is
If haredi men and women are going to demand gender segregation
in higher education, they are going to make the same demands when they
eventually enter the workforce, making their vocational integration all the more
It is time that haredi men and women learn how to study, work,
and co-exist with each other as equal human beings, and not be continuously
placing these ridiculous demands on the rest of the citizens of this
Haredi men and women would be more than welcomed into academia
and the workforce if they learned how to conform to modern and accepted social
standards of behavior.MITCHELL RADOV
Sir, – Thank you to Michael Freund for his excellent article taking a principled
and logical stance against Israel recognizing Kosovo’s phony independence (“Say
‘no’ to Kosovo,” Fundamentally Freund, Comment and Features,” June
Israel has nothing to gain from recognizing Kosovo, Europe’s poorest
drug-running/organ harvesting province, which is now a safe haven (protected by
NATO) for Islamic terrorists and from which the West has suffered significant
International law and the concept of national sovereignty
have been totally violated there, which is setting a horrible precedent around
the world that terrorists can successfully alter the borders of sovereign
nations with US support.
Does Israel, with its patchwork of many ethnic
groups, really want to encourage secessionists and the violation of
international law? I presume that Israeli leaders know better than to do
Henderson, Nevada A positive solution
Sir, – The
Jerusalem Post reported last week on a migrant who stabbed some people without
any reason near the Central Bus Station in South Tel Aviv (“Sudanese migrant
stabs six people in south Tel Aviv,” June 24).
Tel Aviv is a city full of
a mix of different people, including those that drink, steal, stab and rape
women. It is unacceptable behavior that every month and every week people murder
one another and the government of this country is not able to find a solution
for these crimes which keep happening.
It is painful and harmful for me
to hear on the news about African migrants murdering each other and other people
in this country. I have hundreds of Israeli friends who I grew up with. I want
to be closer to Israelis to develop the country for our future
My relationship with Israelis will never be forgotten.
Israelis are great, though there are some people who want to demolish our
relationship. But what has happened to me and my friends in Darfur is not a
simple history to tell. I and other people from Darfur have graduated with
Israeli kids who already know about our situation.
I think we have to
take into account the traumatizing situation many of the refugees have come
from, and try to look for a positive solution.DEREG ABRAMSON
Lezion Fantasy and charade
Sir, – On June 23, The Jerusalem Post ran a story
about the statements of a Palestinian official, Tawfik Tirawi (“Haifa, Jaffa and
Acre ‘are and will remain’ Palestinian cities”).
Tirawi is a member of
the Fatah Central Committee, and thus speaks with some degree of authority. His
remarks cannot be ignored, when poll after poll show that more than 80% of
Palestinians are supportive of the ideology his statements
Thus Minister Naftali Bennett’s comments recently that the
two-state solution is dead have been vindicated by the facts on the ground. On
closer examination, the two-state solution never died, as it was never born, due
to the fact that even the concept is so repugnant as to be inadmissable for the
Palestinians who are totally incapable of recognizing the existence of Israel as
a Jewish state.
It should be very interesting to see how US President
Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu finesse Mr.
Tirawi’s statements. Hasn’t the time come to
replace fantasy and charade with reality? RICHARD JACOBS
Haifa Sacred cow
What has happened to our nation’s core values? Who would have ever thought that
fellow Jews would be so mean-spirited to deny Israel’s sacred cow – the IDF, the
men and women that, at the very least, forgo three precious years of their young
lives and, at the most, life and limb – the modicum of a GI bill of rights
(“Israel’s GI bill,” Editorial, June 23).
The bill would provide
preferential hiring in civil service jobs and affirmative action in higher
education programs (a far-cry from the US GI bill of rights).
is that the segment with the greatest number of draft-dodgers, the organizations
representing the well-heeled Left, are the very Jews who are most vocally
opposed to this bill. The only logical method to silence this antagonism would
be to apply the draft laws equally for all. Phony letters from physicians
attesting to “psychological disabilities” used to exclude from military service
should be examined with greater scrutiny and only accepted in the rarest of
When all Israelis serve, Right, Left, religious and secular, this
type of contemptible antagonism to the IDF will fall by the wayside.
the nation can pay tribute to the sacrifices of all of our
Jerusalem Eye of the beholder
Sir, – In “From Our
Archives” on June 23, your historian notes that in support of the cease-fire
with the Arabs, the Hagana destroyed the Altalena, bringing in arms for the
beleaguered the Irgun. He somehow fails to note that after blowing up the ship,
Yitzchak Rabin, at the acme of his “legacy,” and purportedly under orders from
David Ben-Gurion, directed his troops on shore to fire on helpless Irgun men in
the sea, murdering some 16 of them, in an attempt to kill off their captain,
Apparently, history, like beauty, is in the eye of the