We come first
Sir, – It was a pleasure to see Gilad Erdan, our environmental
protection minister, featured on Page 1 calling on the government to cease
supplying power to Gaza if Israel has a national power shortage (“Erdan: Pull
plug on Gaza to cope with summer shortages,” May 14). His reasoning is obvious:
The Arabs in the Gaza Strip are self-declared enemies of the Jewish
However, on the same front page the following headline appeared:
“PM blocks bill to annex West Bank settlements.”
Hard as it is to
believe, the Israeli government never fails to neglect the interests of its own
people in pursuit of popularity among strangers. When Jordan failed to
annihilate Israel in 1967 it forfeited the land west of the Jordan. All the land
in Judea and Samaria is today Jewish land. “To the victor belong the
The government should establish a committee for planning
residential communities on the Judean highlands and pass a law declaring that
private homes owned by Jews cannot be destroyed.
Hopefully, our “leaders”
will soon realize that Israel really does belong to the Jews.
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Sir, – With regard to “IDF gearing up for
‘Nakba Day’ violence” (May 14), these preparations would be unnecessary if the
Arabs recognized the real guilty parties of 1948 – the surrounding countries and
The plight of the Palestinian Arabs would most likely have
been even worse had the invading Arab armies defeated the Palestinian Jews. They
would not have had a state. Instead, continual war would have ravaged them and
the land as the conquering Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian armies began
to fight among themselves for control. They would have been forced to chose
sides, thereby increasing their catastrophe.
The establishment of Israel
and its victory over the invaders were the best things that could have happened
for its Arab citizens. So the next time any Arab says the creation of Israel was
a disaster, tell him or her to think again!
Sir, – David Newman’s plea for more support for humanities and social
sciences at Israel’s universities (“Time to promote the humanities,” Borderline
Views, May 14) inadvertently provides the answer to his question as to why funds
are not flowing in that direction.
Newman attributes the disillusionment
with these fields by members of university boards of governors to their being
“spurred on by extremist rightwing groups.” This only illustrates a tendency by
Left-leaning elites to use pejorative slogans and code words to demonize and
dismiss without argument anyone and everyone whose political views are somewhere
to the right of their own.
Unfortunately, this has become a pathetic
replacement for the once honorable tradition of scholarly argument based on hard
evidence, rigorous logic and reasoned discussion – precisely the practice of the
hard sciences and why they are successful.
Might it not be that the
negative judgment by a very large number of Israelis, including academics, is an
authentic response to this trivialization of serious concerns?
Sir, – As a former editor-in-chief of your newspaper, Jeff
Barak is surely aware that radical statements need to be supported by facts.
Thus, where are the facts to justify his claim that Binyamin Netanyahu is the
worst prime minister since Yitzhak Shamir (“Afraid of the future,” Reality
Check, May 14)? I believe Barak’s statement is due to his known dislike of our
prime minister. He could prove me wrong if he were to list Netanyahu’s failures
and successes as compared to those of other prime ministers, although I
personally believe Netanyahu might even head the list of successful
MONTY M. ZION
Sir, – I am very disappointed
with your insufficient Major League Baseball coverage.
absolutely nothing in the May 11 paper; presumably, there was no room since the
inside page, usually devoted to sports, was taken up with an advertisement
covering close to three-quarters of the page. In your May 14 edition there was
minor coverage, including “Padres hand Halladay third consecutive loss,” but it
reprinted, word for word, the same story line from the previous day’s paper
about a game concerning two different teams.
We deserve better
There was a time when you would regularly print the weekly
statistics, but this year we rarely get even the weekly standings.
The Sports Editor responds: Regarding the mistake the reader
refers to, I have nothing to offer but my embarrassment, sincerest apologies and
a promise that every effort will be made to ensure that such an oversight never
occurs again. As for our baseball coverage, I take his point to heart and, as a
fellow baseball lover, will try hard to increase its exposure – including
standings and stats – in our pages.
Sin of omission
Sir, – Svein Sevje’s
defense of Norwegian activities in the region omits information that contradicts
his claim about Norway having a universal “commitment to human rights, democracy
and peace” (“What ‘Post’ readers of conscience need to know about Norway,”
Comment & Features, May 10).
In 2010 – the most recent figures
available – Norway gave the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP)
$99,000, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights $165,000, and the Palestinian
Center for Human Rights (PCHR) $99,000.
While these NGOs have
noblesounding names, they also campaign intensely for BDS and “lawfare” against
Israel, and advocate other delegitimization activities – the antithesis of
fostering coexistence necessary for peace.
During the June 2009 Goldstone
mission hearings, for example, a GCMHP official claimed that “inside Israel
there is an identification with the aggressor, the Nazis.” GCMHP also signed
petitions for economic and academic Israel boycotts.
Al Mezan, which
refers to the “Israel occupation forces,” was responsible for the highly
publicized “war crimes” case against Ehud Barak in London in September 2009,
among other lawfare efforts. And PCHR regularly describes Israel’s policies as
“apartheid” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “war crimes” and the
“Judaization of Jerusalem.” It has also lobbied ICC officials to prosecute
These NGO activities make peace more difficult to achieve and
contradict the policies of Norway, yet the funding continues.
oversight, transparency and accountability are needed to ensure that governments
are aware of the activities – and consequences – of their grantees.
Jerusalem The writer is communications director of NGO Monitor
Sir, – Your editorial “Extremism in Europe” (May 8) criticized
European electorates for forgetting the lessons of history by voting for
You should be blaming Europe’s centrist and ruling
politicians. They have failed to prevent economic turmoil by overborrowing
drastically in state expenditures and then not providing any significant
reduction in unemployment, particularly among the young.
Is it any
surprise that the electorate should turn against its failed political masters?
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