An Arab problem
Sir, – Turkey could easily have acted to stop the carnage in
Syria from the very beginning (“Annan heads to Syria to seek political solution
as deputy minister quits in highest-level defection yet,” March
Bashar Assad showed a few years ago his great fear of Turkey’s
military strength. In line with his policy of supporting terror groups, he gave
hospitality to the leader of the Kurdish PKU leader and his clan, who conducted
constant terror against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s regime. Assad received
an ultimatum as Turkish military forces approached his border, and it took only
a few hours for him to decide!
Turkey is quite correct in “ruling out Western
intervention.” This is a purely an Arab problem. Why should
non-Arab lives have to be sacrificed to stop one Arab from killing another?
Turkey can still bring the carnage to a speedy stop without firing one shot.
Perhaps the Russians and Chinese are right. The time has come for the Arab world
to punish its merciless brother.DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono Serious business
Sir, – With regard to “Pollard devastated that PM returned without him” (March
9), every spy knows that if arrested and taken to trial, he can be convicted of
treason and get the death penalty.
The British spies Burgess, Maclean and
Philby were lucky to escape but had to spend the rest of their lives in the
country for which they were spying – Russia. The Rosenbergs in the United States
were not so lucky and got the electric chair. Pollard got life, with no
guarantee of ever being released.
Spying is not a charitable
Kfar Shmaryahu Janus faced...
Martin Sherman’s March 9 column (Barack, Bibi and the bomb,” Into the Fray)
neatly divides US President Barack Obama’s attitudes and actions on Israel into
those motivated by his core beliefs during the early part of his administration,
and those more currently motivated by election considerations.
AIPAC charm offensive was pure Hollywood crafted to ensure the audience would
experience all the “warm fuzzies” and make it forget the snubs and
American Jews will fall for it just like we all fell for the
Gilad Schalit charm offensive led by our newspapers and politicians.
were told to focus on saving Schalit and to forget the awful consequences of
freeing so many terrorists. Only afterwards did we collectively say, “What were
When Obama is reelected with the majority of American Jews
supporting him and returns to his core anti-Israel attitude, those Jews will
collectively say to themselves, “What were we thinking?” ROBERT J. GOLDSTEIN
Jerusalem ...but no different
Sir, – From Michael Freund’s “Peering behind
Obama’s Purim costume” (Fundamentally Freund, March 8), you’d think everything
was almost utopian in American-Israeli relations until Barak Obama took office.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
threatened Israel with economic sanctions if it did not withdraw from Sinai in
The US was totally against the preemptive strike Levi Eshkol
decided to call in 1967. President Richard M. Nixon’s dramatic airlift of
American arms to Israel during the Yom Kippur war had little to do with concern
for Israel’s security, and more with weakening the influence of the USSR and
their Arab allies. President Ronald Reagan totally condemned the Israeli attack
on the Iraqi nuclear facility in 1981.
President George H.W. Bush not
only insisted that we not retaliate against Iraq’s Scuds in 1991, but demanded
that Yitzhak Shamir recall IAF planes Israel had already deployed. The list goes
With the exception of certain emphases, the Obama administration has
said and done nothing different than its predecessors.
Freund could accuse many previous US presidents of wearing even more treacherous
“Purim costumes” because they tried to hide behind much warmer speeches and
seemingly greater commitment to Israel while continuing, and sometimes even
strengthening, US policies and attitudes that were, and remain, the antithesis
of any true ally’s support and friendship.
Freund has a right to
criticize Obama, and I certainly don’t disagree with the basic premise that he
has not been one of Israel’s best friends in the White House. But he is
certainly not the underhanded and dishonest deceiver of Israel that Freund
Hatzor Haglilit ‘Trembling Israelites’
If the quotation Isi Leibler attributes to Mick Davis, head of Great Britain’s
Jewish Leadership Council, is accurate (“Anglo Jewish leaders and ‘Trembling
Israelites,’” Candidly Speaking, March 8), it indicates unmitigated chutzpah on
Israel’s government has absolutely no need to recognize
that “when they do good things it is good” for Davis “and when they do bad
things it’s bad” for him. The only people our government should be concerned
about are us, the citizens of Israel. Davis should look to the British prime
minister to take care of him.
And, contrary to his assertion, Davis
should rest assured that the impact of a nuclear Iran on him would not be nearly
as significant as its impact on Israelis.
In fact, as a Zionist, Davis
should be much more concerned about the effect his own actions and utterances
have on Israel and its citizens.WARREN ZAUER
Sir, – Contrary
to Isi Leibler’s comment that UK Prime Minister David Cameron “terminated a
century-long tradition of British PMs acting as patrons to the Jewish National
Fund...,” there was never such a tradition and it is high time this myth was
Tony Blair was the first contemporary UK prime minister to
become a patron of the JNF, followed by his successor, Gordon Brown. When
Cameron withdrew his patronage to appease the anti-Israel and Arab groups, those
in the UK Jewish community probably used the opportunity to push the community
back to supporting the UK Labor party by making such false claims.
could one have expected such prime ministers as Chamberlain, Attlee, Eden,
Macmilllan, Douglas Home or Heath, all known for their anti-Israel stance, to be
patrons of the JNF/KKL? COLIN L. LECI
Sir, – Letter writer Neville
C. Goldrein, CBE (“Leibler’s wrong,” March 9) feels that Isi Leibler
exaggerated the extent of anti- Semitism in the UK.
There is constant
slander of Jews in all parts of British society.
They include television
and radio programs, websites and newspaper headlines and articles; museums and
exhibitions; plays, films, opera and art galleries; children’s books and women’s
magazine articles; even an article in a City Guide Book.
evidence makes it realistic to say that anti-Semitic feelings have been imbedded
into enough of the population of the UK to make it only a matter of time before
potentially dangerous anti-Semitic incidents take place.LYNETTE ORDMAN
Regarding “MK Ben-Ari helps students hear the Megila” (March
9), the institute in question was not the Israel Institute of
Technology-Technion, as was reported. It was the National School for Engineers,
which is located on the Technion campus.
The Technion has emphasized that
it respects the right of students to observe religious holidays and was not
involved in any scheduling issues regarding classes on Purim eve.
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