The way to Gaza
Sir, – With regard to “After Israeli apology, Hamas says Turkish
PM Erdogan to visit Gaza” (March 24), how will Erdogan get there? If he goes
through Egypt, that’s one thing. But what if he goes by ship? Going aboard the
Mavi Marmara would be a provocative gesture. If he goes on a Turkish warship,
would the Israel Navy stop it, using force if necessary? It should be kept in
mind that Turkey is a member of NATO, and NATO protocols state that an attack on
a NATO member is an attack on all members. Erdogan is erratic enough to thumb
his nose at Israel. I just hope our government and military keep this in
Ra’anana Turn to plants
Sir, – As president of Jewish
Vegetarians of North America I was very pleased to read “Meuhedet turns to
health promotion and disease prevention” (Health & Science, March
Many scientific studies have shown that the best way to accomplish
this is by adopting a plant-based diet. Such a change would be consistent with
basic Jewish teachings on taking care of our health, treating animals with
compassion, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and helping
RICHARD H. SCHWARTZ
New York For true survival
Shalom Hammer wrote that our new government would be a breath of fresh air for
the new way it looks at old issues (“Passover: A coalition that can facilitate
our redemption,” Comment & Features, March 24).
Apparently, Hammer is
referring to the haredim having been kicked out, replaced by a religious Zionist
party. And then there’s the plan to draft most haredi yeshiva youth and even
demand additional requirements for the core curriculum in ultra- Orthodox
I fully understand that Israeli soldiers should be appreciated
as self-sacrificing heroes who defend millions of Jews and others in the Holy
Land. I also understand that in the past the government forcefully sought to
inculcate irreligious views to new immigrant groups, such as those from Europe
I wish to point out, however, that while the Jewish people
survived without a national home for 2,000 years, it cannot survive without
Torah and the God of Israel.
New York Wrong impression
US President Barack Obama’s advisers may have told him that addressing our
elected prime minister by his nickname would create a warm and fuzzy atmosphere.
But it smacked of condescension and disrespect – I am quite sure that on a visit
to Germany Obama would not address Chancellor Angela Merkel as Angie.
Obama really wanted to impress the Israeli public, he would release Jonathan
Pettiness is unbecoming a president, and Obama’s stubborn
refusal to release Pollard is a prime example of vindictive
Sir, – For all his rhetoric, the
president of the United States shows an enormous amount of insensitivity toward
a sick man who has more than paid for errors in judgment (“The buck stops here,”
Editorial, March 21).
I think that Barack Obama lacks the guts to say
that perhaps mistakes have been made.
His callous indifference and lack
of decency regarding Pollard are appalling.
The three-day visit to Israel by US President Barack Obama
created a whirlwind in this region and attracted the world media’s focus.
According to the local newspaper reports, he won Israeli hearts and gave
Israelis a sense of security in the hope that they would push their leaders
At roughly the same time, another world leader made an
important visit of his own: ROC (Taiwan) President Ying-jeou Ma traveled to the
Holy See from March 18 to 20 to attend the inauguration of newly elected Pope
Ma is the first ROC president to meet with a pope. It was an
important visit, during which Taiwan’s leader extended felicitations to the new
pope in person to demonstrate the close relations between the Republic of China
and the Holy See. The two sides have maintained diplomatic ties for 71
During the inaugural Mass, Ma also had an opportunity to engage
with political leaders from other countries, including US Vice President Joe
Each president made a successful visit. Obama brought a message of
US support for Israel and concern about peace in the Middle East. Ma visited the
only European country with which it maintains ties – the Vatican.
Tel Aviv The writer is director if the Information Division at the
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv. Jew as messenger
Sir, – Martin
Sherman (“‘The New York Times’ versus the Jews,” Into the Fray, March 22)
accurately portrays the Times’s metamorphosis into an anti- Semitic,
Israel-bashing rag beneath its fraying intellectual veneer. And yet Sherman
misses what is most pernicious about this latest incarnation of Times bias: the
near-universal, deliberate use of Jews to deliver its increasingly extreme
No longer content with its self-hating house
columnists, the paper now apparently scours for Jews who are vile enough to
conjure up the most absurd charges against the Jewish state, from the now almost
quaint “pinkwashing” to the latest outright delegitimization rant by a new Times
poster boy, Ben Ehrenreich, who, as Sherman points out, depicted last fall’s
Gaza fighting as having started when “Israeli rockets began falling on
For its incessant vilification of an entire nation – my nation
– I, a loyal New York Times reader for over 40 years, have finally given up. I
will dance on the grave of its last issue.
Sir, – On March 21, 2013, we were shocked to see the large ad that ran
on Page 3 of The Jerusalem Post listing the Zionist Organization of America
(ZOA) as one of several sponsors.
The ad was neither submitted to nor
approved by the ZOA national office. Also, the opinions expressed did not
necessarily represent the views of the ZOA national management.
KLEIN DAVID DRIMER The writers are president and national executive director,
respectively, of ZOA A whole lot more
Sir, – I would like to correct an
inaccuracy in “Ban on reenactment of Passover sacrifice gets groups’ goat”
The Passover sacrifice is much more than just an ancient
ritual and much more that just a commemoration.
It is a biblical
commandment that is obligatory to this day for all Jews. In fact, of all the 613
biblical commandments, the Passover sacrifice is one of only two positive
commandments for which the transgressor receives the most serious punishment
described in the Torah – karet, or being cut off from the Jewish people. The
only other such serious positive commandment is circumcision.
As part of
the traditional Blessing of Redemption, the entire Jewish people prays every
year at the Passover seder that it will merit in the near future to renew the
annual Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount.
One of the ingredients mentioned in “Making the most of matza”
(March 21) should have been the liqueur Cointreau, and not as stated.