Sir, – I am writing with much frustration and tears over the
results of the poll conducted of the Israeli attitude to the two-state solution
and the division of Jerusalem (“‘Post’ poll: 72% of Jewish Israelis view
Jerusalem as divided, 8% support Arab League plan,” June 5).
We must not
allowed to once again become a small Canaanite enclave in the Middle East
dominated by so many Arab goliaths.
We cannot divide the nation of
Israel. We cannot allow the Jew in Tel Aviv to be so far apart from another Jew
in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Nahariya or Karmiel.
Jerusalem was divided in
1948 and in Abu Tor there was a Jordanian battalion that kept shooting at
people. Why must a Jew in Ramot live in desperation because the neighborhood was
built after 1967? How can we go to the Kotel when the Arabs claim with vigor the
Holy Basin to be completely theirs? Does anyone in Tel Aviv understand that the
entire city of Jerusalem is very special in its atmosphere and unites Jews from
all over the world? Nothing in Israel will be left untouched if God forbid we do
not comprehend that this nation of Israel is one and indivisible. If we took a
poll of these Israelis and rephrased the question and asked if we should give up
the land of Tel Aviv University for the sake of peace, probably the same number
of respondents to the question about dividing Jerusalem would be happy to give
up part of Tel Aviv and certainly Jaffa. The battle for education among Israelis
has just begun. We cannot afford to lose our identity as Jews for the sake of
being able to live in ghettos in the Land of Israel.THELMA SUSSWEIN
Jerusalem Will peace pay?
Sir, – US Secretary of State John Kerry says “Quite
simply, peace pays” (Jerusalem expresses opposition to int’l forces as part of
any peace deal,” June 5).
That is of course true. Israelis need no
convincing on that score.
I think I can safely say that everyone in
Israel would prefer peace to perpetual conflict.
But that is not the
issue. The only relevant issue is whether or not the creation of a Palestinian
state on Israeli territory will actually bring peace to Israel.
so-called moderates in the PA (when they speak in Arabic), to terrorist groups
that surround our borders, to state actors like Iran, to international movements
such as BDS, the answer to that question has been a resounding no.RANDI
Jerusalem Invented problems
Sir, – In regards to “Abbas threatens to
dismantle PA if peace talks don’t start,” (June 5) – PA President Mahmoud Abbas
is basically threatening: “If the game doesn’t start soon, played by my rules,
I’m going to lie on my back, and scream and kick my feet in the air. And what’s
more I’ll take my ball away, so there!” I’m sure we’re all impressed by this
masterful example of Arab statesmanship. Maybe John Kerry has nothing more
important to do then play around in the one country in the Middle East that is
not going up in flames, but he is wasting his time and I’m sure that he and
everyone else knows it too.
Perhaps he should change tracks and solve the
Syrian crisis, or do something about the riots in Turkey, or worry about holding
Egypt together, to say nothing about the imminently impending Iranian atomic
There are enough genuine acute problems in this neighborhood, he
doesn’t have to invent new ones about which he can do nothing.STEPHEN
Ma’aleh Adumim Lying about land
Sir, – So the “US [is] unconcerned with
Hamdallah appointment” (June 4). Well, so am I.
Nor do I believe that
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is the only one responsible for the
Just as long as our government refers to the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip as “disputed” or “occupied” territories – not that either word should
carry negative connotations – the settlement of this problem will continue to
elude us. Why? Until and unless the legal status of the lands in question are
recognized in international law, both sides will refuse any
Israel must concern itself with security issues and the
Palestinians with regaining all “the occupied Arab lands” lost in the Six Day
However, if the lands in question belong to either one of the
parties, the matter can be easily settled through negotiations. These words:
“disputed” and “occupied” are getting in the way.
So what, then, is the
legal status of the lands? In 1920 at San Remo, the whole of Palestine east and
west of the Jordan River was granted to us.
This was ratified by the
League of Nations and later by the United Nations. It is too late to haggle
about Eastern Palestine, but all of the land west of the Jordan is Jewish land.
No other country owned it and no United Nations division of the land can change
So it is about time our government made this clear and stopped
referring to it as “disputed land” or “occupied territory.” Any government
official who persists in using the term should be warned that it is a lie and
Sir, – In her
article “The triumph of the working mother,” Stephanie Coontz lays out a few
statistics that appear to show that it is beneficial for women, and mothers in
particular, to be employed (Comment and Features, June 4).
statistics, as everyone knows, can be deceptive and cherrypicked.
real results of women’s “liberation” are clear when we look at the bigger
picture of society: We are more depressed and more stressed than we were several
years ago, and divorce rates are higher and families less cohesive.
Coontz herself admits that marital quality is lower for wives who “do not want
to work but are forced to out of economic necessity.”
not just economic necessity, forces more women to work than she
Jerusalem Preventing tragedy
Sir, – It is very
commendable for Sarit and Avi Noar to donate their son’s kidney to someone who
needed it (“Bereaved parents donate son’s kidney to Bethlehemarea child,” June
3). But where were the window bars to keep their four-year-old son safe inside?
Tragically, children do fall out of higher floor windows. Even with window bars
installed, (sirugim) the practice of placing toddlers on window sills in higher
floor apartments with their feet dangling over the ledge is courting
disaster.BLOSSOM AND ISRAEL RUBIN
Beit Shemesh Countering assaults
– I welcome the suggestion of Gideon Meir, director-general of the Foreign
Ministry, for public diplomacy as I do any practical programs that counter the
offensive assaults on our legitimacy (“Birthright-style program proposed for
non-Jews,” May 31).
Overseas governments should be encouraged to send
students on organized visits to Israel and to meet fellow students here. Nothing
can best dispel the fraud of Israel being an “apartheid” or “racist” state than
have visiting students witness reality and truth here.
I hope, Mr. Meir,
that this is not mere lip-service, but is anchored in an adopted campaign with
adequate funding and contacts sufficient, at least, to launch the first pilot
A successful first visit should generate interest and funding from
foreign governments that, apparently, do not lack the resources to promote the
activities of NGOs whose centerpiece, it seems, is the criticism of
These countries have a domestic problem which includes the
growing radicalization on their campuses and disruptive forces within their
Cooperation and coordination between Israeli and overseas
faculties of higher education can do much to isolate the extremists and reduce
tension by having the mainstream students link up with Israeli students and see
for themselves the true face of Israel, rather than surrender to radical
They could become our future advocates on overseas