Tensions up north
Sir, – In light of what has been taking place in the North
(“Israel goes on alert after second air strike on Syria,” May 6), I went to get
my old, large sign saying Ha’am im hagolan (The nation is with the
Recalling the heady days of demonstrations against giving back
the Golan Heights, I breathed a sigh of relief. Imagine if we had given this
land back and Syria possessed chemical weapons! Able to maim and murder not just
his own people but ours, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s capability of reaching
us would be far greater than the shelling that existed prior to l967.
would be appropriate to hear and see a public acknowledgement of how
geopolitically insane a withdrawal to the prel967 lines would be.
who have been so politically committed to the ideology of withdrawal in the name
of “peace” would do well to stay tuned to the Middle East reality show
surrounding us when having any notion of returning portions of Judea and
As the Sinai is now a terrorist haven and the Gaza Strip a swamp
of missiles, a thank-you for the national campaign of Ha’am im hagolan is long
overdue.REBECCA E. WEINBERGER
Sir, – I agree with the comments
of Dror Elmakayes (“In North, little fear of a ‘weakened’ Assad,” May
Seven years ago my wife, son and I also lived out the Second Lebanon
War in our safe room, and we will stay if there is another rain of missiles in
the North. But one must make sure our government and army do not fall into the
same intelligence trap that was the Yom Kippur War.
The IDF, especially
the air force, must be on constant alert for any additional transfers of
missiles of any sort, taking into consideration Bashar Assad’s threats of
Both Assad and Hezbollah are puppets on strings being pulled
by Tehran, and they all think it is in their interest to divert ours and the
world’s attention from Iran’s nuclear bomb ambitions.
Tehran might pull
some or all of those strings, but I believe with all my heart that we and our
military are strong and will prevail no matter what happens, as we have done for
the past 65 years.
Kiryat Motzkin Church of Scotland
The claim by the Church of Scotland questioning the Jewish right to Israel
(“Scottish Church publishes report that denies scriptural claim by Jews to Holy
Land,” May 6) raises some interesting questions.
unchallengeable fact that there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the
Holy Land for over five millennia, doesn’t this also mean that Christianity, an
offshoot of Judaism founded on the teachings of Jesus the Jew, has even less
claim to Christian sites, let alone any right to live in Israel? By extension of
the same flawed rationale, surely most of the population of Scotland has even
fewer claims or rights to live there, as the pagan Picts and Vikings were there
Of one thing we can be certain: Israel will turn the other cheek,
where despite constant threats and attacks it continues to be a beacon of hope
to the world as the Middle East’s only true pluralistic democracy, with complete
freedom of worship and equality of opportunity and rights – a diamond of hope in
a sea of despair.
If I may, I must draw the Church of Scotland’s
attention to another of Jesus’s teachings: “Let he who is without sin cast the
first stone.” Its false priests need to look at themselves in the mirror of
Sir, – I write with concern about coverage
of “The Inheritance of Abraham,” the report being presented to the General
Assembly of the Church of Scotland later this month. It is not the considered
opinion of the Church of Scotland, and will only become so if ratified by the
Nowhere in the report does it state, as suggested by
several media reports, that the Church denies the right of Israel to
The report is a theological reflection that explores the idea that
biblical authority can be used to give a people, any people, divine right to a
land. We concluded after careful study of scripture that this is not the
The Church of Scotland would never and is not now attacking
Judaism, and the intent of the report must not be misinterpreted as such. Nor is
the report denying Israel’s right to exist – only any group’s divine right to
land. To reach this conclusion is not the same as denigrating the Jewish people
or denying the right of Israel as a state to exist.
A good friend speaks
the truth in love, and the truth is there can be no peace without
The current policies of the State of Israel, including the
continued occupation and the extension of settlements, mean that justice is
still to come.
The Church of Scotland will continue to work for freedom
and justice for all who live in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
The report is a sincere contribution to the ongoing search for a way forward
that brings love-informed justice to a land that is sacred to so
SALLY FOSTER FULTON
The writer is a cleric and convenor
of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council Subterfuge for peace
– Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says he is eager to restart peace
negotiations (“PM: Peace needed to prevent binational state,” May 2), although
to succeed they must rest on “two basic pillars,” one being that “the
Palestinians recognize the Jewish state,” the other that Israel has “solid
It is unthinkable how anyone can be happy to
restart peace negotiations when we just buried Evyatar Borovsky, who was stabbed
to death by a Palestinian, and when there is danger on the roads from Arab
What about telling our “peace partners” that they first show us
they can prevent their own people from committing terror attacks? Let five years
pass without any rocks, knives or bullets, we should tell them, and then we will
think about sitting and seeing what it is exactly that you want.
Arabs can promise whatever our prime minister asks of them. They can sign
numerous pieces of documents that there will be peace, and as soon as they get
what they want these documents can be shredded along with their promises. What
they can’t achieve by war they will try to achieve through a false
Sir, – In a
recent column on sexual harassment (“Institutionalized harassment of women,”
Terra Incognita, April 30), Seth J.
Frantzman referred to an episode
several years ago involving a former professor at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. The column created the false impression of university “inaction” on
this serious matter by failing to mention that it dismissed the accused and
barred him from ever again advising students.
To set the record straight:
1. After learning of anonymous complaints against the professor, the university
filed a complaint with police and asked for their assistance in investigating
2. After a months-long investigation, the police closed the
case due to a statute of limitations.
3. The university made further
extensive efforts to gather evidence, including a demand for the police file and
flying in a witness from abroad.
4. The university brought the accused
before a disciplinary committee, which suspended him for two years.
The university appealed the committee’s decision and conducted a long campaign
that ended in the accused’s dismissal.
6. The university permanently
disqualified the accused from advising students in the future.
Jerusalem The writer is head of marketing and communication at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem