Best possible outcome?
Sir, – Describing the IDF flotilla confrontation as “botched” or a “fiasco” is presumptuous. Monday morning quarterbacking – hindsight – doesn’t consider the possibility that any other operation could have had worse results.
For all we know, what happened was the best possible scenario. MILTON J. KRAMER
AshdodGood PR (finally)
Sir, – The picture of an Israeli commando helping a smiling Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire disembark from the Rachel Corrie (Page 1, June 6) is worth a thousand press briefings and should be sent to all European countries, as well as Turkey. ZVI FREEDMAN
Context works wonders
Sir, – A young rabbinical student shared the following commentary on this past Shabbat’s Torah portion. The portion relates how the spies, sent by Moses to scout out the Land of Israel, were punished for the report most brought back.’
Our speaker raised the question: Didn’t they report accurately on what they saw? Absolutely! But that was their mistake. Instead of simply commenting on their visual images and accepting them at face value, they should first have determined the significance and meaning.
Most of the world judges Israel with standards that seem to apply to no one else. It really makes no difference what we do. Instead of immediately jumping to conclusions about the events surrounding the flotilla, it would have been more appropriate and fair for both government leaders around the world and the international media to first investigate the facts! RONALD WACHTEL
JerusalemSo does the right word
Sir, – The recent moves by the government of Israel have certainly made the country look very bad in the eyes of the world. For instance, a blockade is, in and of itself, by international law, an act of war. Why keep using the word? What’s wrong with “Coast Guard safety inspection?”
Further, intercepting vessels in international waters makes Israel
look like an aggressor. And when you throw in comments from Likud party
members, one could easily come to the conclusion that Israel is a
racist country. I don’t believe that to be true, but clearly there is a
perception problem here.
I’m not trying to criticize, just
gently suggest that holding back on videos, having ultranationalist
comments from country leaders bandied about for nationalism’s sake, and
not calmly and consistently addressing basic issues make Israel, prima
facie, look like a guilty aggressor.
I understand it lives in a tough neighborhood, but Israel is clearly losing the global public opinion poll. JOE TOSTEN
Los AngelesTwo more characters
– Eliezer Whartman (Letters, June 6) cites the behavior of two Yiddish
idiots in regard to the Gaza flotilla affair, but astonishingly omits
their inseparable blood-brothers, Tzitzer and Nudnik.
place is ably occupied by the world media and the UN, which stand by
emitting the famous cry, Tut, Tut! As for Nudnik, who in the original
Yiddish story is the idiot asking what kind of soup it was that the
Schlemiel spilled in Schlemazel’s lap, whom might we nominate for the
starring role? Our own media, the government’s information services?
Any suggestions? STANLEY COHEN
Jerusalem Calling the kettle black
– Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan calls the flotilla incident “the
bloody massacre that Israel carried out” and calls the deaths of nine
thugs a “crime against humanity.”
What does he call the Turkish
holocaust against the Armenian people just a little less than a century
ago, resulting in the genocidal deaths of anything between one half and
one and a half million
people? No doubt, the more
recent invasion and ethnic cleansing of Northern Cyprus is another of
their “humanitarian” enterprises, and the hostile treatment of their
Kurdish minority highlights their peace-loving commitment to universal
human relations. LEN GREEN
Sir, – Prime Minister Erdogan needs to be reminded that he is murdering Kurdish people both in Turkey and in other countries.
Kiryat OnoWho are the hypocrites?
– Frankly, I feel deep shame each time the Armenian genocide is
mentioned in the backdrop of recent Turkish anti-Israel behavior. That
event, which probably resembles the Holocaust more than any other
historical period, deserves our recognition and public condemnation.
Israel failed in the past to speak out because the Turks were our
friends, and as we had so few, we could not afford to alienate them.
now, when it is convenient to remember the Armenian genocide, do we
remember that the Turks are not so morally grounded. Contrast this with
the Germans, who were forced by the world to face their deeds, allowing
a new generation to emerge.
The Turkish people have been robbed
of the opportunity to face their deeds and make changes. This is a
travesty of justice for the perpetrators as well as the victims. How
dare we complain about Holocaust denial but silently overlook the
murder of one million innocent people.
Speaking out for truth
and justice is always the right choice, even when it conflicts with
political expedience. Israel needs to understand that its right to
exist is granted not by fickle friends, but by God in heaven, and we
need please only Him. SHARON LINDENBAUM
Rehovot No, not really
– I suppose you are receiving hundreds of e-mails daily that express
dismay at Israel’s inability to reverse the spiral of violence with the
Palestinians. Seen from Britain, your government’s strategy appears
bound to fuel more anger from Gaza and from across the world. The
majority of the population in Gaza voted for the present
administration... you have voted to behave as a rouge state. This is
Peace can only arise from justice, not from bullying an oppressed, desperate people. DAVID IRESON
Letters Editor responds: Almost all the e-mails received by the Post in
the past week that have been critical of Israel have found fault with
the way it handled the flotilla interception and the resulting fallout,
and not with its “inability to reverse the spiral of violence with the
And in other news...
Sir, – While Bank of
Israel Governor Stanley Fischer may be trying to fix the real estate
“bubble” by limiting mortgages to 60 percent of a home’s value, he
completely ignores a major cause of the bubble – foreigners who buy a
second home in Israel, and wealthy new immigrants who buy homes with
cash (“Fischer putting squeeze on young couples while tycoons clean
up,” June 4).
In popular cities such as Jerusalem, Ra’anana and
other Sharon-area hot spots, high demand and people willing to pay any
price are driving housing prices up. No cap on lending rates will
change that. CHANA PINTO
– Why on earth aren’t people standing with posters outside the Yeshurun
Synagogue and writing letters about the outrageous behavior of its
board (“Synagogue shuts counseling center due to ‘immodesty,’” May 25).
can bet the daughters and sons of those rabbis, who don’t want to look
at the “immodestly dressed” girl soldiers, aren’t serving our country.
How dare they kick out these young men and women who wanted a place for
counseling and relaxing!
My daughter was a lone soldier before
we came here; her flat mate was a lone soldier, and the program
director was a lone soldier. They are working to make lone soldiers who
came after them have an easier time. SYBIL KAPLAN