Other places to probe
Sir, – I would like to suggest to Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon to propose a UN-led investigation into Turkey and its prime minister,
who sent his goons and pro-Palestinian activists on the Mavi Marmara (“UN
remains lukewarm toward the Terkel Committee, June 29).
Also, it would be
a good idea to investigate Hamas about our soldier Gilad Schalit, whom it
continues to hold after four years without letting the Red Cross visit, which is
an international war crime.
And then, too, there’s Khaled Mashaal, the
Hamas chief, who is now threatening to kidnap more Israeli soldiers and
Petah Tikva Wrong trajectory
Sir, – The trouble
with Sasha Pulakow-Suransky’s book on Israel’s secret relationship with
apartheid South Africa does not lie in the facts but in the trajectory he tries
to draw concerning Israel’s future, making out that it is on the way to becoming
another apartheid state (“Leaden thinking,” Opinion, June 29).
important to note that even if Israel’s military cooperation with South Africa
in the 1980s was “extensive and lucrative,” by the end of the decade South
Africa had nevertheless lost its wars in Angola and Namibia. Also, the white
population was decreasing, as many young people decided to seek their future
It was on February 11, 1990, that Prime Minister F.W. de Klerk
began himself to dismantle apartheid by releasing Nelson Mandela from prison
with the clear intent of handing over sovereignty to the black
Hence, I cannot see how Israel prolonged apartheid after the
However, I can see how Israel, since those 1980s, in stark
contradiction to white South Africa, has maintained its Jewish majority
(primarily through the aliya of close to a million Russian olim), and also its
military capability. Perhaps if political scientists like Pulakow- Suransky
would stop encouraging our adversaries to believe the Jews are soon to become a
minority, the Palestinians would be more amenable to reaching a reasonable
resolution rather than prolonging the conflict.DR. LILY POLLIACK
Jerusalem Keep ducking
Sir, – There are two entities that are universally
accepted as being above politics and transcending borders – the Olympic Games
and the International Red Cross. Yet the Olympic Games will forever have the
bloody stain of Munich, while the Red Cross currently bears the flashing red
light of four years with no visits to Gilad Schalit.
Moral: We must (with
God’s help) stay on the highest alert.
Neither the World Cup (“West Bank
Palestinians prefer World Cup to rock throwing,” June 29) nor any such
universalist endeavor can or will guarantee our security.MIRIAM L.
Jerusalem Some strategist
Sir, – Our defense minister says that an
agreed upon “diplomatic horizon” is necessary to ensure a long-term “special
security relationship” with the US, as well as Israel’s military superiority in
the region (“Barak calls for diplomatic initiative to secure long-term ties with
US,” June 29).
If I were Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
and wanted to torpedo the US-Israel special relationship and render Israel
susceptible to attack, what would I do? I’d make sure to continue saying no to
every offer of peace. The only way for there to be a peace agreement is for us
to stop blaming ourselves and insist that the US put the blame where it
What kind of strategist is Barak? BARRY LYNN
Efrat Who’d be
Sir, – I expected an avalanche of outrage in your Letters section in
response to Thomas L. Friedman’s outrageously defamatory characterization of
Israel fighting by “Hamas Rules” (“War, timeout, war, time...,” June
If Friedman’s libel were true, there would be no Hizbullah in
Lebanon and no Hamas in Gaza.
Shame on him.GERRY MANDELL
Bold, concrete steps
Sir, – Your editorial “Misdirected castigation” (June 25)
takes note that “there is much that Netanyahu could do to improve Israel’s
Here are some bold, concrete steps: Israel could
renounce its claim to – although, of course, not its occupation of – east
Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. It could stop calling the occupied territories
“disputed” and acknowledge that, except for some small swaps, they are
Palestinian. It could begin the process of removing all settlements except for
the large, adjacent blocs that in practically any final agreement it would
Israel could also formally resubmit the proposals Ehud Barak made
at Camp David and Taba, which have since been removed from the table. It could
simultaneously announce its willingness to negotiate on the basis of the Arab
League peace plan.
Together, these steps would stun the Arab and Western
worlds, lift Israel upward to breathtakingly higher moral ground, help moderate
Palestinian and Arab leaders (while inflicting serious damage on Hamas and
extremism), and shift everyone out of the immobilized and ruinous status quo and
back into the peace process.
They would make Netanyahu Israel’s Anwar
Sadat. And they would not mean a single iota of harm for its
Cambridge, Massachusetts ‘Useful idiot’ inadequate
Sir, – Regarding “Let the flotillas through” (June 25), I am surprised that
Larry Derfner does not recommend that all of us just take a loaded revolver and
blow our brains out.
For heaven’s sake, Jerusalem Post, at what point
will you consider the rants of this token leftist not worth publishing? After a
while his ignorance about jihadi ideology stops being amusing and becomes
Even Lenin’s term “useful idiot” has become
Sir, – Larry Derfner seems to
have missed the point: Except for Israel’s desire to prevent the free
arms to Hamas, the flow of humanitarian goods has been increased by
No sovereign state can allow its sworn enemy unlimited access to
the most advanced arms without making every attempt possible to prevent
flow. A super-strong Hamas not only threatens Israel, but undermines the
Palestinian Authority and Egypt, both of which are interested in seeing
uninterrupted flow of arms through the tunnels stopped.
“freedom flotillas” have been hijacked by terrorist organizations whose
goal is to undermine the security of Israel.
Who does he
think he is?
Sir, – Carl Djerassi tells the Post’s Barry Davis (“Taking the pill
literally,” June 25) that his art donations have included “none to the
Museum, which would be a natural home for them. It’s a shame there is no
interest in my literary work here.”
Djerassi’s art collection may be
excellent, and for all I know, so may his literary work, but as long as
the chutzpah to condition his art donations on the publication of his
I think the country can get along without both.
MARK L. LEVINSON