(photo credit: JP)
Risking civil war
Sir, – Regarding “Border Police set to bolster IDF presence
amid fear of settlement- related violence” (November 16), the Border Police are
one of the most intimidating forces. The sight alone of the Border Police
strikes fear into the eyes of beholders.
Plans are already being made to
confront settler violence that has not yet arisen, in preparation for a freeze
that has not yet taken place. Something is very wrong with the way Israel
confronts situations of supposed violence.
The Temple Mount experienced
Arab violence just recently and the Border Police do not patrol there. The City
of David has experienced terrible Arab violence against even visitors, and the
Border Police do not protect the area.
We should be aware that there are
elements in our government and certainly in foreign governments that would like
to see Israel engage in a civil war so that they can at last see the end of
Israel. There is nothing that is so harmful to a country’s morale as having one
group of Israelis being enemies of another.TOBY WILLIG
Sir, – In her November 16 Our World column (“What the PA buys with
American money”), Caroline B. Glick alerts us to several disturbing aspects of
the $500 million in aid the US gives the Palestinians.
include the monies the PA hands over directly to Hamas and supposedly needs to
cover the alleged deficit in its budget.
What is most worrisome, however,
are the huge sums being devoted to the PA security forces. These forces are
being trained and equipped by the US and are described by our OC Central Command
as constituting a qualitative jump in the Palestinians’ fighting capabilities
Is it possible to reconcile the above with Prime Minister
Netanyahu’s momentous speech at Bar-Ilan University wherein he agreed to
recognize the “two states” approach, but only if the Palestinian state is
Petah Tikva Look here, Shmuley
When an Orthodox rabbi opens a column with a statement as sensational as
“Judaism has failed,” I would expect controversial content.
Boteach’s idea of both saving Judaism and helping Israel’s image by recruiting
the non-Jewish world to somehow correct this “failure” is totally absurd
(“Non-Jews as the saviors of Judaism,” No Holds Barred, November
First, Boteach certainly realizes that many religions – especially
Christianity and Islam – acknowledged the Jewish roots of the vast majority of
their own core rituals and laws, but corrupted, changed, discarded or otherwise
revised them in order to distance themselves from Judaism if not destroy or
replace it outright.
Second, a highly assimilated Jewish population
anywhere in the world would be thrilled to see thousands of its non-Jewish
fellows picking and choosing from Jewish law and lore as a very noncommittal and
user-friendly way of life much like its own, which would more likely inspire
even less commitment to Judaism than before.
Third, stronger Jewish
identity does not necessarily lead to greater support for Israel, as we have
unfortunately seen in recent years, with more and more very-identifying and
proud Jews and even native Israelis joining forces with the extreme Left and a
plethora of anti- Israel organizations, movements and even
Finally, and perhaps strangest of all, just a week ago
Boteach wrote an inspiring column about his reacquaintance and identification
with Chabad and all it does around the world for even the most assimilated and
seemingly “lost” Jews (“An outsider comes home,” November 9). How can he now
basically say it is more important to reach out to non- Jews with no intention
of even trying to convert them, at the expense of his blood-brothers who have
unfortunately wandered so far from their heritage, history and religion?