A ‘tzaddik’ receives
Sir, – Eitan Davis, the young father who saved the lives of
so many (“Three families save lives of 11 by donating loved ones’ organs,” March
28), was not short anything when he was buried.
Interred with him was a
The Torah had been brought to Israel by the young man’s
grandfather and was used for many years in the synagogue of Asseret, where Eitan
grew up. Last week, as he lay dying, it was discovered that the Torah had become
pasul (beyond repair), and the community decided to bury it along with
It was very emotional – although Eitan had donated so much of
himself, he, too, was a recipient, for no greater honor can be bestowed upon the
deceased than to be buried with a Torah. It is the sign of a tzaddik (righteous
person), and what action can make one more worthy of the title tzaddik than to
give life to so many people? Perhaps the telling of this story will encourage
more people to come forth and donate organs.
Who knows? ELLIE MORRIS
Asseret Side by side
Sir, – The Post
did us all a favor on March 28 by
juxtaposing Jeff Barak’s and Barry Rubin’s respective takes on Israel’s
prospects visa- vis Gaza.
In “Another Israel-Hamas war is inevitable”
(The Region), Rubin presents dispassionate analysis. He does not incite; he
merely states facts.
In stark contrast, Barak’s column (“The last thing
we need is a second round in Gaza,” Reality Check) is suffused with invective
and loaded terms applied to Israeli government members, such as “dangerous
rantings” and “rabblerousing rhetoric” (love the alliteration).
he states as fact that Western European leaders can “barely stomach a telephone
conversation” with Netanyahu. On the other hand, regarding Hamas, he states that
Egypt had considered it to be merely “bothersome.”
Any objective reading
of Rubin’s column clearly exposes Barak’s rantings as arrant
Sir, – Jeff Barak learned the wrong
lesson from Operation Cast Lead.
He argues against another war with Hamas
because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cannot expect the same positive
response that Ehud Olmert received from the leaders of several European
countries immediately following Cast Lead. But Barak forgets that their
understanding for Israel’s “painful battle against Hamas terrorism” has not
stood the test of time. Many of Israel’s initial “supporters” accepted the
Goldstone Commission’s damning conclusions without question just months
Certainly, Israel must carefully present its position to the rest
of the world. It must proclaim loudly and clearly why it has every moral and
legal right to act militarily. Ideally, it should allow the world’s news media
to observe its actions in real time to erase any doubt that Israel complies with
all applicable laws of armed conflict, and it should cooperate with subsequent
In the end, however, the government’s primary
responsibility is to protect the Israeli public. Barak is silent on how to end
the latest barrage of mortars and rockets, suggesting only what not to
do.EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir, The columns by Jeff Barak and
Barry Rubin both seem to assume that there are only two choices for dealing with
Hamas aggression: Either we grit our teeth and do nothing or we instigate a
This is tunnel vision at its worst.
never yet tried, would be to order the IDF to retaliate immediately to each
attack with a brief barrage of artillery or mortar fire. A ratio of five rounds
to one rocket to start with seems reasonable.
Even the UN would have
difficulty criticizing us, though no doubt it would manage.
If there are
civilian casualties, as seems likely, we can point out that if they don’t like
it, all they have to do is stop the rocket attacks on Israel. If it turns out
that this does not discourage Hamas or its Iranian overlords, we can always up
the ratio until deterrence is achieved.
For this to work, the response
must be immediate and unaccompanied by empty, blustering
Sir, – As I read Jeff Barak’s
column, I wondered how a thinking person could praise former prime minister Ehud
Olmert while quoting from his self-aggrandizing autobiography, and then state
that Prime Minister Netanyahu has done nothing to try to promote peace? Was
Olmert the one who declared – and upheld – a 10- month moratorium on building in
Judea and Samaria, the heartland of Eretz Yisrael? Perhaps the praise stems from
the fact that Olmert offered so much, and joyfully.
repeatedly offered to meet with Arab leaders, but they have refused to meet with
him. Why should they? After all, Bibi will not hand out the largesse that Olmert
offered – and which they refused.
It would be wise for Barak to read the
Post columns that followed his, those by Barry Rubin and Elliot Jager, to see
what dangers lie ahead and what strength we need and must display in order to
survive as a country.
Even Barak wrote about the new threats coming from
the Sinai now that Hosni Mubarak is no longer in control of Egypt. The signs of
weakness he would like us to show are just that, and they would be the greatest
danger of all, since they would come from within.RHEA ISRAEL
Plain and simple
Sir, – Sadly, Moshe Rosenbaum’s letter (“Enough already,” March
28) entirely misses the point. The purpose of the trial of former president
Moshe Katsav was not, as he would like us to believe, to “show the public how
high moral standards ought to be.” The sole purpose was to prove according to
the Israeli Penal Code as to whether Katsav was guilty of rape, sexual
harassment and obstruction of justice.
On the evidence produced to the
court, the three judges found him guilty of all charges.
criminal courts are not courts of moral standards, and for Rosenbaum to believe
that they are is a misunderstanding of both the purpose of the trial and the
Israeli criminal justice system itself.JEFFREY GILBERT
A “reprimand” for a serial predator and rapist? All through his career, Moshe
Katsav harassed women, and now Moshe Rosenbaum wants him back on the streets to
rape again. Has he no sympathy for the victims?
Moshe Rosenbaum makes the mistake of equating adultery with rape. While they
both may be immoral (depending on one’s moral compass), the latter is definitely
criminal.MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN
Jerusalem No hemming or hawing
– Further to the interview with former UN ambassador Gabriella Shalev (“How the
Palestinians will use the General Assembly to advance statehood,” Editor’s
Notes, March 25), it seems to me that it is imperative that the Israeli
government issue a warning to the Palestinian leadership, including the
leadership in Gaza: Any unilateral application to the UN for recognition of a
separate Palestinian state in the disputed territory of Judea and Samaria and
east Jerusalem would be considered an act of war. It would require Israel to
reoccupy the whole land up to the Jordan river – immediately, meaning without
waiting for the outcome of any resolutions by either the General Assembly or the
Security Council.ARIEL BROCH