Sir, – Alan Dershowitz (“Dershowitz presents plan at ‘Post’
conference for restarting peace talks,” April 30) was booed loudly after telling
audience members that they were “part of the problem” for laughing at his new
framework for negotiations.
Dershowitz is living proof that one can be
intelligent, knowledgeable, an effective litigator and an exemplary scholar
while at the same time being delusional, refusing to see through a screen of
lies. Chasing after one’s ego, notoriety and recognition as a primary motivation
while putting his own brethren aside only leads to failure! We would do well to
find a somewhat less sophisticated person and one who is more humble,
heart-based and sincere to be a “defender of Israel” who is truly concerned
about a safe homeland for the Jewish people.
Rather than being an asset
to the Zionist cause and Israel – as they all purport to be – Dershowitz and too
many “Jewish leaders” put Israelis in precarious positions. Good for the
audience for recognizing the hypocrisy and giving him the disapproval he
deserves! NURIT GREENGER
Sir, – Regular readers have received the
impression from your newspaper that there is a consensus for a “two-state
Thus, it was a pleasant surprise to read “Olmert roundly booed
in call for 2-state solution” (April 29).
The heavy attendance at The
Jerusalem Post Annual Conference indicated there is still a great deal of
concern for Israel in America. Olmert’s use of the Arab narrative – “Israel’s
occupation of the Palestinian territories” – rightly did not help his
The absurdity of diminishing Israel in order to create another
Arab state is obvious, as indicated by the boos. Sooner or later, the majority
of Israelis will realize this.SIMCHA RUDMAN
Sir, – The
Jerusalem Post bombarded its readers with frontpage news that was not really
news or at most rehashed news.
Why? Probably because someone came up with
the idea that creating a conference with well known speakers would bring in more
ad dollars and maybe more US readers.
Maybe it will. But the fact that
former prime minister Ehud Olmert was booed, Michael Oren was “echoing comments
made to Post journalists” or even that “Steinitz tells ‘Post’ NY conference:
Israel has never asked US to take military action in Syria” (April 29) should
probably have been relegated to your News in Brief sections. The front page
should have news that’s worthy of our consideration.
Maybe I’m out of
touch with how journalism works these days. But I can’t help asking: Where’s the
beef? YAACOV PETERSEIL
Sir, – I want to tell you I thought this year’s
Jerusalem Post conference was outstanding, even better than last year’s. It was
informative, sophisticated and at times extremely entertaining – I’m sure you
heard about the exchange between columnist Caroline B.
Glick and panelist
The whole audience loved it! Meir Dagan, Amos Yadlin,
Uzi Arad and especially Yuval Steinitz were superb, I thought, in their analyses
of Syria and Iran. I also very much liked the presentation of Keren Kayemeth
LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund’s Efi Stenzler.
It was very gratifying to
read Ethan Bronner’s report on the conference in The New York
Clearly, the Times was aware of the significance of many things
that were said.
For me, at least, there were no negatives. I missed Steve
Linde, but Yaakov Katz and Gil Hoffman filled in admirably. Congratulations to
everyone involved in making the conference possible, and thank you for all you
did to get me there! SUSAN REED
New York Teens and driving
Sir, – I was so upset
to read about the drop in age eligibility for drivers’ licenses to 16 years and
nine months (“Driving age drops, accompaniment period lengthens,” April
I’ve long maintained that licenses should not be granted before the
age of 21, though I admit that this is not always practical – especially in
Israel, when kids are drafted at age 18 (although one possible approach would be
having the army train a certain number of drivers it thinks it might
While teenagers are certainly more than capable of mastering the
technical aspects of driving, I’ve always questioned their known tendency for
impulsive behavior and poor judgment skills.
Indeed, studies reported
several years ago in a Time Magazine cover story on the teenage brain indicated
that the part of the brain that develops last is the part responsible for
Even if the required time for accompaniment is being
lengthened (which it should have been from the beginning), an additional license
requirement for those under age 24 should be three months of weekly volunteer
sessions with road accident victims in a rehab hospital such as Beit
Rehovot Flighty kashrut
Sir, – Marc R.
Stanley, chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), seems to be in
haste to trumpet Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s apparently harmonious meetings
with Israeli officials on his recent visit to Israel (“Is eating crow kosher?,”
Comment & Features, April 29).
This is hardly surprising. In 2007,
when Hagel was a Republican senator considering a presidential run, the NJDC was
only too willing to list in a public statement the unpleasant facts of his
record – no to designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization; no to pressuring
PA President Mahmoud Abbas into banning terrorist groups from running in
elections; refusing to sign a letter in support of Israel when Palestinian
terrorists were murdering its civilians; and so on.
By turning around and
failing to oppose Hagel last year when he became President Barack Obama’s
nominee at Defense, the NJDC showed it was willing to put party before
Whether Hagel proves a supporter or antagonist of Israel as
defense secretary remains to be seen. If he proves to be a friend, I will be
happy to admit that people like me who opposed him were mistaken. Yet the proof
of the pudding is in the eating, and we’ve taken only one bite.MICHAEL
Huntingdon Valley, PennsylvaniaA speaker’s place
Sir, – Regarding
“Edelstein: Lapid disgracing Knesset” (April 28), Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
was a lackluster minister of public diplomacy and Diaspora affairs in the
previous government. I once heard him talk and he was pitiful.
surprisingly, he has been unable to control decorum in the Knesset either by
force of his personality, like his predecessor, or by enforcing the rules of
During recent presentations on the budget, when screaming and
heckling disrupted the session, the debate was discontinued.
the speaker? Why didn’t he call the house to order and eject those disrupting
the debate? The speaker should perform his duties without injecting his agenda
into Knesset deliberations.ALFRED INSELBERG
Ra’anana A Siegel fan
As we read The Jerusalem Post, laden with reports of conflict, politics,
entertainment and all other sorts of articles, many of us zero in on the wisdom
of health and science editor Judy Siegel.
It is obvious that Judy puts a
good deal of time – and heart – into her work, by which she educates the
community. In addition, she makes time for immediate responses to personal
questions, an example of her dedication and caring.
Time to publicly say,
“Thank you, Judy,” for being an outstanding professional! And thanks to the Post
for this treasure.CHANA GIVON