A road better not traveled
Sir, – In declaring that "every other army in the world would have
leveled the booby-trapped house in Jenin where 13 Jewish soldiers were
killed in 2002," ("What failure? Whose failure?," May 26), Jonathan
Rosenblum has perhaps unwittingly put his finger on the most dubious of
Israeli moral values -- our willingness to risk precious young lives
for a public relations gesture.
That mindset, now being manifested in the wholesale removal of
checkpoints, roadblocks and other obstacles to terrorist violence in
Judea and Samaria, appears to have established roots in the military
echelons. Witnessing its further flowering four years later in Lebanon
II, it would not be surprising if Israelis were to begin questioning
the alacrity with which it delivers its sons and grandsons into IDF
We are being warned that the next war may be markedly asymmetrical in
nature, involving the uprooting of terrorist enclaves in tight urban
civilian areas. Beyond even the unconscionable sacrifice of hundreds of
Israeli lives, an IDF with a "Goldstone" hangover, "tethered by field
lawyers," would posit a massive loss of faith in our will to defend
ourselves. We do not want to venture down that road.WILLIAM MEHLMAN
JerusalemWhere are the imams?
Sir, – Hamas threatens to harm Gilad Schalit if any of the
extraordinarily benevolent privileges Israel grants to terrorist
murderers in its jails are revoked (“Schalit will pay if prisoners get
harsher conditions, Hamas warns,” May 26).
The world stands by, ready to rehabilitate Hamas so that it can trade
with it. It will accept a Hamas-led Palestine. It will do anything to
overlook Hamas’s immorality because its power is recognized.
The only thing that will affect Hamas is for the imams to courageously say it is not a Muslim, but a renegade, group.
Jerusalem Raise that bottom wage
Sir, – I must take exception to your editorial "Peretz's populist minimum wage bill” (May 26).
It makes no sense to turn to that bogeyman, "It will be bad for the
economy,” Some 10 years ago, the minimum wage was raised and nothing
terrible happened. Now it's time to do it again.
There is no excuse for 20 percent of the population, including many who
have jobs, to live below the poverty line. Surely that should be a good
reason to go ahead with Peretz's bill.LEONARD ZURAKOV
NetanyaTake off the kid gloves
Sir, – I am unable to understand why a spy against Israel has been
under house arrest (“Anat Kamm espionage trial begins in Tel Aviv,” May
25). Why is she not in jail? She purposely took sensitive information
that would hurt her country. She passed it on to an Israeli reporter.
Her mother says Kamm was foolish and trusted the wrong people. Do me a favor. She knew exactly what she was doing.
There is Jonathan Pollard sitting in a US prison for life for passing
non-sensitive information to Israel, and this person is being treated
with kid gloves.JUDY GOLDIN
Kiryat OnoAccolades well deserved...
Sir, – My forthcoming book, In the Shadow of the Red Banner,
points out that 500,000 Jews served in the Soviet army in
World War II (“The taste of victory,” May 18). Forty percent gave their
lives, and the numbers of generals, air force leaders and top medal
recipients were way out of proportion to their numbers.Yitzhak Arad
Jerusalem ... but not by everyone
Sir, – President Shimon Peres’s sycophantic praise heaped upon Russia
during the celebration of its victory over Nazi Germany obscures the
context obtaining prior to June 21, 1941, as exposed during the
post-war Nuremberg trials.
Baron Ernst von Weizacker (Von Ribbentrop’s deputy) was a defense
witness regarding the infamous Russo-Nazi pacts of August and
September, 1939, which divided Poland. He confirmed Russia’s September
demand for shifting the previously-agreed Polish demarcation line
– meaning, in effect, “take more Jews”!
This unpleasant and long-neglected fact clearly establishes Russian
complicity in processes intended to exterminate Polish Jewry.KARL HUTTENBAUER
BerlinWhy all the newsprint?
Sir, – Elvis Costello cancelled his Israeli concerts. So what? He's not
the first and, I'm sure, not the last. But the
’s reaction, with its many articles and columns,
has been unbelievable.
The State of Israel has survived 62 years without Costello’s concerts,
and I expect it will flourish for many millennia without them.
I am disappointed that your paper has devoted so much space to such a trivial incident.ISRAEL ZUNDER
Sir, – So much media hype and news space has been given to Elvis
Costello for cancelling his performances in Israel. He was invited to
come. First he said yes, than he said no. He is entitled and he can
obviously afford to cancel.
I wish this much hype and attention were given to the thousands and
thousands of Jews throughout the world who never even think of visiting
At least Costello booked a ticket.SETH CLYMAN
JerusalemIt’s all so obvious
Sir, – I am deeply concerned about statements made after US envoy
George Mitchell's recent “proximity” talks (“PM: There's no back and
forth between Israel, Palestinians,” May 24).
Netanyahu denied the two sides were negotiating parameters for a land
swap. His credibility continues to plummet as he crosses every one of
his own red lines and continues with endless goodwill gestures to the
PA, which rewards him with hatred and malevolence.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials expressed irritation at the Palestinians’
“endless chatter” about the content of the indirect talks, saying that
if details are made public, “it will make things more difficult.” This
really means, however, that it would lead to domestic opposition.
The next example goes to the core of what is really happening.
"Diplomacy, like mushrooms, grows in the shade,” said an official, who
pointed out that both the Camp David Accords and the Oslo Agreements
had been negotiated with few leaks.
Has this set alarm bells ringing yet? For the sake of our continued
existence in the Land of Israel as a Jewish nation, we must not
continue to ignore the obvious.YENTEL JACOBS
Seeing things for what they are
Sir, – The art of combining reason, fact and commitment has always been the hallmark of Caroline Glick’s outstanding columns.
During these times of world-wide assaults on Israel’s legitimacy,
“Making Israel’s Case” (May 14) drives home the point that the Israeli
government has failed to lead in the justifiable struggle to combat the
lies and hatreds. I would argue even further: The obfuscations and
double messages emanating from the prime minister down to ambassadors
in our foreign embassies contribute in no small fashion to the growing
demands for divestments, boycotts, and alleged human rights violations.
We are sometimes our own worst enemies.
Tuesday's Jerusalem Post headline "Barak: Labor will never
leave Netanyahu coalition" did not accurately reflect the article,
which correctly reported that the defense minister had only "hinted"
that his party would not bring down the government.