Sir, – I cannot understand or agree with your overkill on the
release of ex-Shas cabinet minister Shlomo Benizri (“On release from prison,
Shlomo Benizri declares: I was framed,” March 2).
We were looking ahead
to a crucial week of meetings between US President Obama and Prime Minister
Netanyahu. There was the Syrian tragedy, too. There were many other events more
important than the outrageous comments of a convicted criminal.HENRY
Sir, – How dare Shlomo Benizri even mention Gilad Schalit’s name!
How can he compare his incarceration with that of Schalit? ARLENE RUBIN
Sir, – In “Put women in bus ads, state demands” (March 2), it
is the state’s position that “The exclusion of women from billboards and
announcements on the basis of sex violates public policy, the basic principles
of our transportation, and the fundamental rights of women and
Accompanying the article is a photo that shows an
advertisement on a bus stop for a Jerusalem restaurant that depicts a
skimpily-clad female model licking a plate in a sexually suggestive
Please explain to me what licking a plate on a billboard has to
do with “the basic principles of our transportation.”
If anyone is
worried about women’s dignity, it certainly is not this restaurant or anyone
involved with the ad. The ones whose rights have been violated are those,
especially parents with children, who cannot get away from these
Jerusalem Letters about letters
Sir, – Upon reading
“That’s what it is” (Letters, March 2) regarding stone throwing incidents that
do not receive proper attention, my initial feeling was relief. I was relieved
to find that I’m not crazy for having experienced a similar stone-throwing
attack and being shocked and appalled by a unwilling security response and zero
This attack occurred about two months ago in the early
afternoon hours on the road from Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem, and was directed
toward a non-bulletproof Egged bus. The perpetrators were a group of hooded
youths who bolted into the desert hills after they shattered the front door of
It turns out that attacks like this are not rare, which perhaps
explains the difficulty the bus driver had in convincing the police to respond
and investigate. I was thoroughly shaken by the incident, but my feeling quickly
switched to outrage, then confusion, as I searched for media coverage about the
attack and found nothing.
I couldn’t fathom why attacks such as this were
not considered newsworthy. I started to think that maybe I was crazy, that maybe
this really wasn’t a big deal and there was no need for me to make a fuss about
such a routine occurrence.
Of course, that is absurd. Every attack that
doesn’t end catastrophically is nothing short of a miracle, and we must not
allow ourselves to think that this reality is normal.
So, thank you, Ari
Solomont, for reminding me that I’m neither alone nor crazy.M. JACOBS
Sir, – Regarding “Waste of space” (Letters, March 2), the US Civil War
or, better stated, “War of Northern Aggression,” was not all about slavery. It
was about states’ rights.
The North depended upon southern slavery to
fill its mills with cotton. There were non-white slave owners, and blacks were
in many cases treated even worse in northern cities than on
Not quite parallel Sir, – Chief
Rabbi Warren Goldstein sees a close parallel between the hanging of ten Nazis at
Nuremberg and the hanging of Haman’s 10 sons (“Purimshpiel, 1946,” Sinai Today,
I cannot, however, share his enthusiasm, as these Nazi
arch-murderers had been allowed to do their worst to six million of our people
before finally facing justice.
Had they actually shared the same fate as
the would-be-murderer sons of Haman – by being hanged before carrying out their
genocidal plan – we might have been spared the inferno of the Shoah.
would have been a parallel worth noticing.ILANA BARDA
Tel Mond Citing
Sir, – I normally skip the Friday column Savir’s Corner – I have little
time for fiction. However, I was surprised last week to find stuff that made
sense (“Unmasking our leaders,” March 2).
Uri Savir’s criticism of Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was bang-on – appeasing his right-wing supporters by
making nice about settlements without actually doing much, and then appeasing
his boss, Obama, by de facto building freezes. All this with careful backward
glances at his coalition supporters in the Knesset.
Savir was equally
scornful of Tzipi Livni, the apparent leader of the opposition, for squandering
all her chances and changing direction as the wind blows. He also managed to
savage lesser lights like Ehud Barak, Eli Yishai and Ahmed Tibi.
politician he praised was Avigdor Liberman, who says what he believes and sticks
When Israel Beiteinu wins in the next election and Lieberman
becomes prime minister, we will know who to thank: Uri Savir! STEPHEN S. COHEN
Sir, – Uri Savir criticizes just about every Israeli leader for
being adloyada – unable to distinguish between right and wrong, reality and
fantasy. He does however, neglect to mention perhaps the two most important
people in this category: Shimon Peres and Uri Savir.
Peres brought us the
adloyada fantasy of peace in the “new Middle East,” and Savir brought us the
adloyada obsession with the failed policy of land for peace, which resulted in
territory for terror.
Savir concludes by saying that “we are in need of
an honest and courageous leadership, not that of the Purim scroll but one that
is loyal to that other megila, the Independence Scroll.”
Perhaps that is
the biggest adloyada of them all.IRA NOSENCHUK
Jerusalem One-state of
Sir, – Dan Diker (“Laundering anti-Semitism at Harvard,” Comment &
Features, March 1) identifies the problem of the conference at Harvard about a
For anyone to call it an expression of views by
“progressives” is an insult to decent and openminded voting Americans.
Progressive toward what? The obliteration of a nation recognized by the United
Nations since 1948 and a people that has existed for almost 6,000 years is not
Sir, – Dan Diker is be thanked for
alerting us to the sham Harvard University conference. Yet it is important to
realize that the power and potency of the one-state solution is in part due to
the avoidance by the Zionist world, particularly Israel, of the need for a true
two-state solution. Avoiding that solution is in fact the pursuit of a one-state
solution, and it is long past time we realize that the only one-state solution on
the political horizon will be an Arab Muslim state.
It is time for our
government and other Zionist agencies to promote the “two states for two
peoples” resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As the Arab and Muslim
worlds continue to reject the second part of this mantra – “for two peoples” –
this would totally transform any future conference on the subject into a
discussion of Arab and Muslim intransigence.YORAM GETZLER