Katsav going to jail
Sir, – My heart goes out to Moshe Katsav’s wife, Gila, and
to Israelis of Sephardi extraction who took so much pride when Katsav was
elected head of state.
I hope the former president will stop playing
victim and will start taking responsibility. He should humbly serve the issue of
women’s rights for the rest of his life to help us all slowly regain our
As low as he fell, just as high Moshe Katsav can still
MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN
Sir, – If a man, while in
office, is tempted by women who turn up at work provocatively attired, why
should he be blamed and so heavily punished for his natural reactions? Sexual
temptations have no place in public, and charges should be brought against the
There should be a law in this country that female
employees in any field of work, but especially in such a public domain as the
president’s chambers, should be clean and tidy, and appear according to a
respectable dress code.
Female assistants and receptionists are the ones
at fault. They are not ashamed to display personal parts of their bodies in
public and in my opinion they should be arrested for indecent exposure before
enticing their male coworkers.
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Sir, – Iranian exile intellectuals and activists opposed to the Iran
regime are reportedly also opposed to military action against it on the grounds
that democracy “does not come from the barrel of a gun” (“Iranian exiles worry
about threat of attack on homeland,” November 10).
While perhaps a nice
slogan, it is demonstrably false. From the time of the American and French
revolutions, democracy has typically come about through the violent overthrow of
dictatorships and monarchies that ruthlessly and violently suppressed political
dissent and whose removal could only be accomplished by such means.
two great success stories of democracy in the 20th century, Germany and Japan,
came about as the result of a devastating war – started by them, to be
Recent democratizing events in Libya (born in violence) and Egypt
(less violence, but less democracy perhaps) merely prove the point.
the Iranian exiles require further proof, they need only look at the results of
the peaceful protests in Iran after the stolen elections to understand what is
needed to truly bring democracy to the country, and peace and security to the
Jerusalem All about oil
Sir, – The major reason
China is opposed to strong Western sanctions against Iran (“In confronting Iran,
experts say all roads go through China,” November 10) is its need for Iranian
oil to power its hungry economy.
If the Sunni Arab countries of the
Middle East (which fear an Iranian bomb and power as much as does Israel) were
to promise to supply China with the same amount of oil Iran now supplies, and at
the same price and terms, the Chinese may well go for the deal and then go along
with the call by Western countries for stronger economic sanctions against
JOSHUA J. ADLER
Jerusalem Jerusalem unrooted
Sir, – I cannot fathom
why listing a child as having been born in “Jerusalem, Israel” on his American
passport “could further destabilize the region,” as claimed by the Obama
administration (“US Supreme Court begins hearing Jerusalem passport case,”
An alien from outer space would get the impression that the
city simply hangs in the atmosphere, unrooted to any place on earth.
Zivotofsky case has dragged on for nine years. It is an absolute disgrace and
reeks of anti-Israelism.
Sir, – If US President
Barack Obama is reelected, how long will it be before US citizens who came into
this world in Haifa, Lod, Nazareth and Tel Aviv-Jaffa cannot be listed on
American documents as being Israeli-born?
Jerusalem IAEA on
Sir, – Israel knew of Iran’s genocidal intentions years before the
International Atomic Energy Agency did (“IAEA: Iran designing parts for nuclear
weapons,” November 9). And while there is no chance Israel will be the first to
attack Iran’s nuclear program, Israel has other equally important
Once Iran has the bomb, Hamas and Hezbollah will be more
Israel can defeat Hamas in Gaza before that happens. It must
plan an all-out war against Hamas before the Islamists gain Iran’s
Hamas faces us with the determination, planning and certitude
that it will destroy us. If we face Hamas with a lack of determination,
insufficient planning and uncertainty, our fate is sealed.
Sir, – After having issued its report, the IAEA should bring
its former chief, Muhamed ElBaradei, to justice for not fulfilling his duties
sincerely, faithfully and honestly.
ElBaradei received a fat salary and
deceived the entire world by withholding the true evidence about Iran’s nuclear
efforts and forwarding false reports. He should be tried in court for his
Yavne Demolitions in Zion
Sir, – What a catchy
phrase – “Demolishing Zionism, home by home” (Comment & Features, November 9
) – though completely untrue! The article is totally balderdash.
full of half-truths, if that. It makes the army, which is only following orders
from our defense minister, look like grave robbers trying to stifle the
I can only hope that this policy will remain with
us, and not that which settlers used to build wherever they chose.
the poor Arabs a break for a change. They have to live, too (even if they’re not
Sir, – Bravo to those who want to stop
demolitions and allow all communities to remain in place.
of homes, no matter whose, degrades the human being. This should be a principle
in all governmental rulings on the problem. It should apply to Jews and Arabs
The problem of determining the ownership of land should be worked
out case-by-case by authorized judicial bodies. This takes time and money, but
it is the only way to achieve creative solutions. Compromise must take its place
alongside existing law and proposals to change aspects of the law.
you, Moshe Dann, for highlighting the issue.
JOSEPH DAVID LEVINSON
Jerusalem Not by force
Sir, – Jeff Barak (“Taking back the billboards,” Reality
Check, November 7) confuses two different issues and is wrong on both of
The purpose of advertising is to sell products, not to make
political statements. As much as I enjoy seeing a pretty woman in an ad, if the
advertiser thinks it will damage sales he will not run it.
As far as
women singing, I am all for that, too. I enjoy going to an occasional opera. But
what is so important about listening to a woman sing that justifies compelling
religious soldiers to violate their religious principles? Do we really want to
force religious men out of the army? There is no law that compels the
non-religious to attend prayer services. There should be no law compelling the
religious to violate their principles.
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