Doesn’t bode well
Sir, – Regarding “Haniyeh urges PLO to annul recognition of
Israel” (May 1), the biggest blow to the future of the Palestinian state is the
driving from office overnight of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
fought the crime and corruption of Fatah, dealt with the critical task of
building government institutions and, no less important, dealt with the internal
security situation. Sadly, the American, Jordanian and Israeli investments in
the PA security forces can be written off.
The chances for a Fatah
electoral victory are now virtually nil, as by the time elections arrive its
corruption will again be in full swing, internal security will be a disaster,
and nation-building will have ground to a stop.
One does not have to be a
wizard to forecast the results.DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono Overdue visit
Sir, – I watched the whole magnificent royal wedding ceremony on television
(“After the wedding... William goes back to work,” May 1), yet one item made me
think. The famous hymn “Jerusalem” was sung, yet Her Majesty, now 85, has never
seen this outstanding biblical city, which is of such interest to so many
I am sure a visit to Jerusalem and Nazareth together with Prince
Philip would do more to promote peace in this part of the world than the British
Foreign Office or politicians ever could. It just does not make sense that these
highly acclaimed and respected royals have omitted the land of the Bible from
their travels.MICHAEL PLASKOW
Netanya What’s changed?
Sir, – For once I
must agree with Liat Collins (“Lessons from the Shoah,” My Word, May
Those of us who lived in the US, for example, never really
internalized what was happening to the Jews in German-controlled Europe. We read
about it and some of us sent packages when we could, but mostly it was hearsay
and easily put on the back burner.
Collins is absolutely right when she
makes the point that today’s problems are nothing compared with what went on in
German-controlled Europe. This is not to say it’s okay when Jews today are spat
upon and even murdered, but it’s really not the same. Let’s keep that in
Sir, – I strongly disagree with Liat
Collins, that the lessons from the Shoah are eroding from collective Jewish
consciousness. Islam has taken over from Nazism as the ideology whose
most impassioned objective is the violent elimination of the Jewish
What is the most salient lesson after all? Namely that Jews must
defend themselves against people who hate them and want to kill them. Jews must
do this themselves because no one else will. This is as true today
regarding Iran as it was in the days of Hitler.YONATAN SILVERMAN
Aviv Lost in translation
Sir, – The essence of “Thou shalt not be colloquial”
(Comment & Features, May 1) is that the King James version represents a
historical high in the presentation of the Bible. It expresses the beautiful,
language- laden certainty of the Christian position.
Apparently lost to
the writer is the fact that the meanings of the Hebrew scriptures are often
totally lost when fixed in another language, and when they are preferentially
tooled, they may make excellent poetry but present no equivalence to what was
As well, the King James Bible is not a benign
memory for the Jews who suffered from the Christian persuasion that the Jews
killed Christ. Not only is the belief false, but Christianity is insistently
oblivious to the reality of what “Christ” meant in ancient Israel, and to the
history of how its testament came into being.PESACH GOODLEY
Telz Stone A
Sir, – “No partner” (April 29) was probably the most on-themark,
poignant and relevant editorial I have read in The Jerusalem Post in the past 20
years. Thank you for finally accepting the fact that the Palestinian Authority,
under Arafatdisciple Mahmoud Abbas, is not Israel’s partner for
Still, I yearn for the day when the Post also admits that the
proposed two-state solution belongs in the waste bin of history.JOSH
Elazar Heal thyselves
Sir, – As a stage-four cancer patient, I would like
to share some thoughts about the doctors’ strike (“Doctors to resume sanctions
after huge demo fails to budge Treasury,” April 29).
Recently, there was
a horrendous terrorist attack in Itamar. Some members of Knesset called
for the death penalty, but there was widespread opposition.
here is actually being sentenced to death? It’s the innocent citizens who are
being denied the medical treatment they need! The doctors have legitimate
grievances, but is it ethical for them to go on strike, especially those who
work in specialties like oncology? I was at my oncologist’s office before the
strike and left stunned.
I asked the oncologist what would happen if
there was a strike and he said, “I won’t be here.”
“What will I do?” I
“Go to the duty doctor,” he replied, referring to what are usually
new, inexperienced physicians working shifts.
“Will the duty doctor
consult with you about my treatment?” I asked.
“Not necessarily,” my
oncologist answered curtly. “A strike is a strike. The treatment isn’t meant to
be as good.”
All I could say was that cancer doesn’t go on
It seems to me that instead of striking for higher wages, the
doctors should come up with a creative solution to solve the problem. I have one
idea – the government could put a high tax on junk food and funnel part of the
money into the health care system, and another part to subsidize healthy foods. I
have named this plan “Eretz Zavat Halav U’dvash” – a land flowing with milk and
Sir, – I am a match to have my kidney
transplanted into a 47- year-old Israeli mother of six.
After six months
of testing, the transplant was supposed to take place last week, but due to the
strike it has been delayed.
Besides affecting the health of the
recipient, the strike is affecting me, too, as I had wanted to donate my kidney
by early May, before my swimwear business gets busier.
I hope the doctors
and medical industry come to a conclusion quickly so that my recipient can be
Jerusalem Peace of strength
Sir, – Your editorial “The
gas supply we can no longer rely upon” (April 28) should have been titled “The
Arabs we can no longer rely upon.”
The Americans forced us to negotiate
away the Sinai. Are they now going to place their soldiers along the gas
pipeline to insure our supply? If Egypt recants its peace agreement with Israel,
will the United States help us repossess the Sinai?
There is a lesson in this:
We no longer negotiate with Arabs. The Arabs cannot provide Israel with peace.
Only a strong, proactive Israel can insure peace.CHAYIM SEIDEN
Noisy dogs and teens
Sir, – Regarding “Keep quiet, longer! Ministry speaks up
for reduced noise” (April 27), it’s good to know that steps are being taken to
clamp down on noise.
However, I am not sure what can be done about dogs
barking or the youths who roam about shouting and smashing bottles during the
night on the weekend. This gets worse once the school holidays
This is all part of the noise pollution that is detrimental to our
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