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Sir, – It was lovely to read today of the plan to have Arab
teachers in Israeli schools (“Ministry announces plan to integrate Israeli Arab
teachers into Jewish schools,” June 5).
What would be even lovelier, and
more significant, would be to have Israeli teachers in Arab schools. When that
happens, I’ll know that we’re really on our way to coexistence with our
Jerusalem Hopping around
Sir, – It would
behoove the Western Wall rabbi to read the weekly parsha before writing a
commentary on it (“Parshat Shelach: We are not grasshoppers!” Observations, May
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz states: “After receiving qualified approval
from God, Moses agrees to the request and sends 12 spies...” Nowhere in this
parsha is there any evidence that it was in response to the Israelites or
Moses’s request that the spies were dispatched to Canaan. On the contrary, the
initiative is God’s alone (Numbers 13:1-2) and Moses then embellishes the
Rabinowitz correctly states that “the spies were not actually
asked to voice an opinion on whether there was a chance to conquer the land.”
Yes, but it was not the naysayers who first voiced their uncalledfor opinion on
It was Caleb who not only interjected his opinion, but had
the temerity to call for an immediate invasion – rather a chutzpah on his part.
It was only in reaction to Caleb’s hot-headed precipitousness that the 10 ‘bad’
spies first gave vent with hyperbolic negativity.
– If only Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz’s “We are not grasshoppers” was so.
Unfortunately, the sin of the 10 spies lives on till this day. As Rabinowitz
states in his article: “The spies failed where they should have made more of an
effort and clung to faith...
[instead] they saw themselves as small, as
grasshoppers, as lacking ability. They lost their confidence in God’s
This is as true today as it was then, which accounts for our
inability to stand up for our rights to the land, and to instead run around the
world begging our enemies and what passes for friends to intervene.
other words, we are throwing the lifeline God gave us right back at
We praise ourselves for our magnificent innovations, and rightly so,
but it is meaningless if we have lost our faith and courage and have reduced
ourselves to being subservient to US President Barack Obama – who makes demands
and we jump, just like the grasshopper.
If the rabbi is unhappy with the
grasshopper syndrome, then let him show the people that he is not also a
grasshopper and will no longer tolerate this absurd situation where our enemies
set the agenda in the Jewish land at all our historic Holy Sites, giving the
Wakf Muslim religious trust control over the Temple Mount. As he well knows, the
Jewish people have to visit Joseph’s Tomb in the dead of night for fear of
angering the Muslims.
And what about the fortress that has had to be
built around Rachel’s Tomb? This attitude tells the world that we are indeed
Sir, – US Secretary of
State John Kerry says he wants peace, but he doesn’t want to face the problem
that prevents it. And he just does not want to do his homework, does not want to
learn. Most Israelis want peace but not the country’s suicide, which is the only
option current Palestinian and other Arab leaders will give Israel for
A doctor who treats only systems and not the disease often causes
the death of the patient. The disease is Islamic fundamentalism and the terror
The Obama administration refuses to address what a great
threat to Western civilization this disease is.
President Mahmoud Abbas continues in Yasser Arafat’s footsteps in making Hitler
a hero for Palestinians. There are Palestinians who still really want peace, but
a much lower percentage than before Oslo – and they are keeping very quiet, just
to stay alive.