Why we (don’t) fight
Sir, – When Ehud Barak was prime minister, the Palestinians
waged an unending terrorist war against us, and Barak sent our air force to bomb
After the Park Hotel massacre, then-prime minister Ariel
Sharon sent the army into the West Bank and the war being waged against us from
there came to an end.
Now, almost 10 years later, the Gazans continue to
terrorize the Israeli population living within missile range. Since Operation
Cast Lead (a war left unfinished), our response to periodic attacks from Gaza
has again been to bomb empty buildings or tunnels.
So, with Ehud Barak
again in a position of great influence, this time as defense minister, we
continue to tolerate unrelenting attacks on our people (“Israel vows to avenge
Gaza mortar barrage, March 20).
I’m not quite sure why we have an army or
even a country to defend the Jewish people.
Those living in Sderot and
the surrounding communities are just as important as those who live in Tel Aviv
– those like like Barak.RACHEL AND BARRY LYNN
Sir, – I, as an
Israeli, have had it with being abused by a majority of the media and a majority
of the world. No matter what happens, Israel is portrayed as the bad
Recently, a mother, father and three of their children – the
youngest being a baby – were stabbed and had their throats cut because they were
what the world calls “settlers.” They themselves were blamed because they lived
on “stolen land,” and people around the world were more upset over Israel’s
decision to build more homes on this “stolen land” than they were over an
Israeli family being murdered.
I did not read or hear in the foreign
media about the recent rocket attacks on the western Negev, but I can bet you
that a majority of the headlines read “Israel attacks Palestinians,” and only
somewhere near the end you could read why.DON SALIMAN
Kibbutz Nahal Oz Do the dirty work...
Sir, – How ironic that the nations surrounding
Israel, some of them oil-rich and armed to the teeth, cannot attack Libya’s
ruler on their own, but instead must rely upon their lackey dhimmis, the
oil-dependent countries of the Christian West (“Five nations launch attack on
Libya,” March 20).
Never mind that the Arab League did not bat an eye
when Christians were persecuted, as happened to Lebanon’s Maronites, Egypt’s
Copts and the South Sudanese – apparently, when Christians kill Muslims the
world is in uproar, but when Muslims kill Christian the nations of Islam simply
shrug their shoulders.
And when Muslim despots kill their own, the Arab
League resorts to getting the West to “do the dirty work” lest it soil its
hands. In a classic example of the emperor’s new clothes, not only does the
oil-reliant West fight the wars of the Arabs, but even when the Arab League
encourages a no-fly zone and affirmatively votes, as United Nations
participatories, a resounding “yes” to the “use of all necessary force,” they
still will not clean house when one of their own despots goes mad, kills his own
populace and threatens to murder survivors who “hide in their
Wherefore the need for all the sophisticated weaponry purchased
by the Saudis, to take but one example? It is a Purimesque absurdity that is
laughable.DAVID C. SAIDOFF
Jerusalem ...but why just Libya?
Regarding the the West’s attacks against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, other
countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen did not warrant any action from the
multinationals, and as Israel is again bombarded by Grad missiles it does not
receive much international attention. “Oil” is the word! There are so many
autocratic regimes responsible for human rights abuse in the world, so why do
these nations select only Libya in order to “protect the people.” Double
standards or what? SALLY SHAW
Sir, – Of course it is about
oil. Did we miss the Security Council resolution authorizing the use of
military force against President Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast, who, having stolen
an election, is using his army to attack civilian opponents? I think
Jerusalem By any other name
Sir, – Kudos to The
Jerusalem Post for the article about the US Homeland Security Department’s fence
along the Mexican border to stop the smuggling of people and drugs (“Some angry
Texans are stuck south of the border,” Comment & Features, March
When we do this to save lives, the world calls it an “apartheid
wall.” I wonder what they call it in Texas?
Bnei Brak Careful
Sir, – Bravo to Norman Cantor for his excellent piece (“My day of
rage,” Comment & Features, March 20). The views presented should be
acceptable to Israelis from both sides of the political spectrum, with the
probable exception of extreme religious idealists.
Bravo, too, to the
Post for highlighting the whole article in blue.
I commend careful
reading of the article, with personal soul searching to maintain one’s feelings
for true democracy and goodwill to all.MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond Keep
Sir, – I would like to thank Liat Collins for her wonderful and
most moving “Perpetually Purim” (My Word, March 20).
Although her column
has little to do with the holiday, it brings back the stark reality that every
day we are fighting for our lives not just here in Israel, but in the
international arena as well. In particular, the description of the London-based
War Museum exhibit with a 30-minute movie on ethnic minorities, which indicates
that we, too, could be counted among these unimportant groups. What a chilling
thought! Let’s hope that the Purim miracle continues to accompany us here in
Petah Tikva Why not every day?
Sir, – When you spend
Purim in Tel Aviv’s Florentine quarter in a realistic, full-body gorilla suit,
you make friends fast. A group of young Sephardim raised their hands at me to
slap five: “Ach sheli (my brother)!” Beautiful women saw me and initiated a
dance. A black American man hollered at me “Monkey mannnnnn! You have to come
over here!” Throughout the night I posed for at least 10 pictures, in embrace,
with people I had never met and never will again. We exchanged elaborate,
gangstastyle handshakes, banged chests, grunted animal sounds – standard
Were I a “human,” we would not have
acknowledged one another’s existence. I would be pegged with the role of the
lame, conceited Ashkenazi man, and would probably succumb to pegging everyone
else as whatever socially-determined stereotype their external facade
But disguised in my holiday costume – a holiday that,
appropriately for the scenario, revels at the discrepancy between the world’s
superficial arbitrariness and deep-rooted deliberateness – I hugged strangers,
was invited to play with people’s children, and entered into the midst of groups
typically outside my social circle.
Being an animal, like a puppy,
invoked automatic smiles and made me an automatic friend.
morning, I went home and unmasked, contemplating what everyday life would be
without our everyday costumes.RON ARAZI