Frightened by flurries
Sir, – Having been stranded on Jerusalem’s Bar-Ilan
Street during last Friday’s snow flurries, I read “After weeks of waiting,
Jerusalem finally blanketed in white” (March 4) with particular interest. I was
especially intrigued by the sentence, “Families – young and old – flocked to the
capital city from all over the country to enjoy the rare wintry
As I was waiting, along with hordes of other people, for
buses that clearly were not running, it was hard not to notice the steady stream
of taxis and private vehicles of all sizes and descriptions whizzing by,
undeterred by the laughably small amount of snow. Everyone was out there except
for Egged. I had hoped their drivers were made of sterner stuff.FRED
Ma'ale Adumim Good for kids
Sir, – It was encouraging and only sensible
of Prof. Frank Oberklaid to discuss preventive measures to ward off problems in
adulthood (“Catch kids’ problems when they’re young,” Health, March 4). However,
no mention was made in the article of the remarkable work done in Tipat Halav
clinics as a possible venue to implement further education for medical
In programs at these clinics, the father was rarely
involved, creating a family imbalance.
Shalshelet Enhancing Relationships
Center addressed this through a project undertaken with Tipat Halav called
“Tipat Halav U’dvash,” where experts discussed facets leading to the erosion of
relationships for young expectant couples. It was found that preventing
ignorance reduced differences of opinion, creating a more harmonious nest for
future offspring.PESSY KRAUSZ
Jerusalem The writer is founder of
Shalshelet Enhancing Relationships Center Nation of strikes
Sir, – “Labor
disputes” (Editorial, March 4) admirably criticizes the frequent strikes
affecting the country. Unfortunately, though, you fail to mention that the
immediate victims of a strike are the innocent public.
recommendation that Israel follow the actions of other democracies in providing
legislation that limits the ability to shut down essential services is
admirable. The present coalition is no longer dependent on left-wing parties for
survival, so such legislation could pass without fail.MONTY M. ZION
Sir, – Your editorial rightly clarifies the destructiveness of the current
Histadrut leadership and our legal system’s ineffectiveness in dealing with it.
May I suggest some Reaganesque solutions?
1. Privatize the railroads and make
all strikes against them illegal.
2. If there are legal reasons for a
strike, only the employees of that entity can go on strike – no secondary
strikes or general strikes “in support.”
3. Use the IDF to run public
services that are strike-bound rather than wasting the IDF budget on destroying
Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.DAVID FEIGENBAUM
Sir, – In
1964, a law was passed that forced non-unionized workers to pay dues to the
union that obtained a collective bargaining agreement with their employer. The
reason was twofold: to avoid a situation where “free-riders” would benefit
without paying some form of “tax,” and to strengthen the unions, as they
protected the worker.
In my opinion, the law should be considered
unconstitutional as it violates the worker’s freedoms of property and
association while the consequences of strong unions actually harm the
When unions raise wages for workers, they ultimately cause
unemployment for lesser-skilled workers, or inflation due to the money being
pumped into the economy. In the US, it has become apparent that workers in
states that ban this form of forced unionism (known as “right-to-work” laws) are
better off than their counterparts in states that don’t.
There is a far
more simple place to start than banning strikes and union coercion: The law of
1964 should be overturned, whether in the Knesset or in the courts.ORI
Jerusalem Freeing Pollard
Sir, – Your editorial “Freeing Pollard” (March
2) is so wishywashy that it most certainly hurts more than helps.
say, “...if, as many respected figures claim, Pollard has suffered enough for
his crimes, he should be released.” Do you have no mind or heart of your own?
Does not the soul of every Jew cry out against the injustice and pain this man
has suffered? After considering all the pros and cons there can be only one
conclusion: Free Pollard now! PESACH ROGOWAY
Sir, – Every couple of
months or so there is something in The Jerusalem Post
about Jonathan Pollard,
pushing for his release from prison.
Pollard is a traitor. He sold the
secrets of his country, the United States, to Israel for the basest of motives:
When accused of this crime he entered a plea of guilty. He plea
bargained, but he violated the terms of the plea bargain by talking with the
media before he was sentenced. He was sentenced to life in
Pollard is not a hero. There is nothing admirable about
That he sold his country’s secrets to an ally does not excuse him of
his crime. If he had sold them to Canada or Mexico or China he would have been
just as guilty.
There is no reason at all for clemency for Pollard. The
arguments to the contrary that have been published are at best
Pollard is where he belongs and where, as justice demands, he
will remain for the rest of his life.JACOB DE RAAT
Amsterdam A false
Sir, – In “How to prevent an Israeli strike on Iran” (Observations,
March 2), Udi Segal suggests that the best way is a clear promise from US
President Barack Obama that the United States will assume responsibility for an
attack if Iran continues the development of nuclear weapons after an Israeli
window of opportunity for an attack closes, but before Iran has an opportunity
to actually deploy them.
While this solution is appealing because it
gives diplomacy and sanctions more time to work, it does not hold up to closer
inspection because it is based on a false premise.
From an American
standpoint the primary responsibility of the president of the United States is
to protect and defend the American people. It is unrealistic to expect him to
make an explicit military commitment to preemptively attack Iran at a
predetermined time in order to protect Israel or important Israeli
While Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and delivery
systems will eventually directly threaten the US and our European and Middle
Eastern allies, situations and politics change and there is no certainty that
Tehran will cross America’s red lines before doing catastrophic harm to Israel
or someone else.
From the Israeli perspective it would be unwise in the
extreme to cede the defense of Israel and its people to others while having the
capability to protect herself.
While Israel and the US have a long
history of mutual support based on shared interests, their needs are not always
Israelis are painfully aware of the failure of the democracies
to fulfill the promise to prevent the closure of the Straits of Tiran and the
UN’s withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula in 1967; the disagreement over the
validity of the Bush-Sharon agreements involving the withdrawal from Gaza; arms
embargoes by various democracies in 1967, 1973 and other times in order to
influence Israeli policies; and even the failures of the UN in Lebanon, Rwanda
and Bosnia/Srebrenica.MICHAEL GEWIRTZ
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