Sir, – The rule is “No body, no proof.” Why won’t
the US show us the body or real proof that it killed Osama bin Laden (“White
House refuses to release photos of body,” May 5)? What is it afraid of? Did it
not kill him, not find him, or is it holding him captive somewhere? Until we’re
shown absolute proof of his demise, we should remain skeptical.
Sir, – After many years we finally were allowed to see
President Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
But just half a week later
he refuses to show us proof of bin Laden’s death.
What’s wrong with this
guy? Why is he so scared of evidence of entrance and exit? MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN
Sir, – I fully agree with National Union MK Aryeh Eldad, who
said: “There is no doubt that Obama is a greater threat to Israel than Osama
was” (“Right worried Israel will pay price for bin Laden assassination,” May
Whereas Osama only succeeded in harming the individual, no matter how
unspeakable the cruelty, Obama, due to a combination of his obvious
incompetence, his proven hostility to the State of Israel as well as his
position as president of the US, is threatening our national
One can only hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu will be able
to hold his ground when confronted with Obama.A. HALFF-GEIMAN
Sir, – Regarding “The Hamas and al-Qaida parallel” (Fundamentally Freund,
May 5): not exactly! Al-Qaida is an amorphous jihadist network with no
“address,” no clearly defined population and no responsibility to govern. Hamas
is a highly visible body with a defined geography and a population of 1.5
million (at least half of which is made up of ideological supporters).
a partial justification and explanation for the extra-judicial killing of Osama
bin Laden, President Obama said, “As a country, we will never tolerate our
security being threatened, not stand idly by when our people have been killed.
We will be relentless in defense of our citizens, and our friends and
Easy to say about amorphous al- Qaida, but what would he do if a
sworn enemy were in control of territory sharing a border with Washington, DC?
We in Israel can only imagine what he would unleash, but we know we don’t have
GERRY MANDELL Omer ...perhaps too much
Sir, – In the
real world, the relevance of the death of Osama bin Laden, compared to the
impact of a wide-scale strike in our hospitals, is the inverse of the emphasis
in your May 3 issue.
Buried in a small column at the bottom of Page 7
(“Hospitals nationwide on strike today”) is information that has immediate
meaning and impact on the life today of thousands of everyday readers. The
hoopla about the long-overdue killing of a single terrorist is at best
interesting, but the degree of effect it will have on us is
AshkelonNot much has changed
Sir, – Larry
Derfner (“Abbas yes, Hamas no,” Rattling the Cage, May 5) effectively explains
just how counterproductive the May 4 Cairo agreement was for the whole peace
process. However, he should have gone even further to where the truth really
lies when it comes to Hamas vis-a-vis the Jewish democratic state of
Suffice it to refer to three articles of the Hamas charter in
order to get some notion of its true intent: Hamas has vowed to wage a holy war
for Palestine against the Jews until the victory of Allah is attained; Palestine
is a holy Islamic asset until the end of time, and therefore no one may
negotiate or forsake it; Hamas opposes international discussions, negotiations
or peace arrangements of any kind.
These three principles have never been
retracted, nor has Gilad Schalit been set free.
He’s all wet
Sir, – A great deal of credit must be given to the Green movement
for publicizing and preventing many ecological crimes and misdemeanors, but
sometimes some of their people go off the deep end.
Such is the case with
Gideon Bromberg, director of Friends of the Earth Middle East (“Green group
blasts plan to build five new desalination plants,” May 5).
I would have
thought that praise would be forthcoming to the Water Authority for making a
maximum effort to reduce our dependence on the seriously depleted
Bromberg’s reasoning seems somewhat skewed, comparing the need
for drinking water with road building. And his idea of using gray water for
flushing purposes is malodorous, considering the engineering costs and health
I find his statement that we can save 500 million cm.m. of water
a year by “saving water” just a tad circular in its reasoning. Admittedly, leaks
can be repaired and wasters can be punished, but a growing population has to
drink, eat and wash.
The only thing left, if we are to believe Bromberg,
is to return to the discredited military “water discipline” and use more
Asseret Rethink the formula
Sir, – “Child poverty
here highest in OECD” (May 4) seems ridiculous.
Mexico, which ranks
slightly lower than Israel, cannot employ its own workers sufficiently. The
result: legions of Mexican migrants who illegally cross America’s borders
searching for any work they can find.
Here, migrants come to get jobs in
Israel’s vibrant economy. I think many of the OECD’s poor would jump at the
chance to have the life of our “poor” households (in which many of the parents
desire not to work).
It seems that something is lacking in the formula
for gauging poverty in Israel and in the OECD.
Sir, – Hanani Rapaport, in “Gov’t must understand that the foreign
media does not work for them” (May 4), contends that “they do not work for
Lieberman’s Foreign Ministry and not for Yossi Beilin’s Foreign
With regard to the accuracy of that statement, Rapaport is
batting .500, which is great for a baseball player but pretty poor for a media
Jerusalem Show of civility
Sir, – Daniel
Barenboim (“Barenboim conducts classical concert in Gaza,” May 4) said he was
happy to go to Gaza and that he was presenting the concert as a sign of
solidarity and friendship with the civil society there. Had this been the case,
he could have demanded of this “civil society” recognition of the right to exist
for the country in which he spent his adolescence and whose citizenship he
As a start, he could have demanded that the Gazans show their
civility by releasing Gilad Schalit from his inhumane captivity and accepting
Israel’s incredible offer for a prisoner exchange – although had he done this, I
believe the concert would have been cancelled.
MONTY M. ZION
Sir, – Why is Daniel Barenboim not taking his orchestra to play in Deraa or
Yemen or Misrata ? One wonders how many Gazans are even interested in his music
Sir, – Exactly what occupation in Gaza is
Daniel Barenboim talking about” And shouldn’t he at least have tried to see
Gilad Schalit? It sickens me that Barenboim couldn’t find it in his heart to
save just one Jew!