March 7: Sniping opposition

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the most articulate spokesman for Israel and the free world."

March 6, 2014 21:10
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Sniping opposition

Sir, – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a magnificent speech at the American Israel Political Action Committee’s policy conference (“Netanyahu pushes back in AIPAC address,” March 5). He is the most articulate spokesman for Israel and the free world.

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The Israeli opposition snipes constantly at him because he remains firm, at least in articulating that he is concerned about Israel’s security. These MKs demean him and his policies constantly. They undercut what he has to say to the leaders of the Western world who lack the will to confront Iran, Russia and China, and Arab hatred of Jews.

Maybe Prime Minister Netanyahu should never have given in to formulating the concept of two states for two peoples. Perhaps it could have been much more focused. But the pressures and unspoken threats from the United States must have been too difficult for him to handle, what with an opposition that is constantly undermining his policies.

Now, however, everyone is aware that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cannot deliver any sort of peace, and that Netanyahu has the courage to say so.

Israel’s security and sovereignty should not be a game for our political parties.

It is an absolute necessity for all of them to understand that if our security is threatened they will have no platform and they will not be able to say “chose me.”


Vow to remember

Sir, – When I was a child enrolled in the New York City public school system, we were taught a song that included the words: “Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo,” whose valiant defenders gave their lives in 1836 in an effort to prevent Mexico from recapturing Texas.

Yesterday, March 6, was Alamo Day for many Americans.

Since 1836 they have remembered. No one has suggested they not. So it is mind-boggling that Americans who still champion the Alamo and its defenders presume to press us to forget Jerusalem, the holy city that for millennia we have sworn not to forget, with generations voicing the pledge and caveat: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand fail me.”

The Alamo, however important in the course of early American history, had no intrinsic value or meaning.

It was an abandoned mission that had come to be used as a military garrison.

Jerusalem is more than our capital. It is holy. It is our heart, the heart of the nation of Israel as well as the heart of the Jewish people, wherever they are.

It is shocking, too, that there are Jews today who are willing to give up parts of Jerusalem, to submit to the unconscionable pressures being exerted on us, to acquiesce to what would be, in effect, the spiritual suicide for our people.

We must all vow to remember Jerusalem, and to protect it.


Ambucycle medics

Sir, – I did not actually see the accident happen, but just in front of my building an elderly man lay in the road where two emergency responders were attending to him while waiting for the ambulance to take him to the hospital. He had been hit by a car while riding his bike.

I had read about motorcycle- borne medical responders but had not seen them in action. They had this man stabilized and ready for the stretcher even before the ambulance got there. I think this kind of service is magnificent and should become a universal medical tool.

I read recently about the philanthropist Stewart Rahr, who donated many more of these “ambucycles” for use around the country (“Not enough rewards for those who deserve them,” Grapevine, January 31). I want to thank him.

I am an elderly lady with walking problems. I am grateful to know that these medics on motorcycles exist here. I hope I never need their service.

Tel Aviv

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