Sir, – I read with interest Yara Dowani’s account of passing
through Kalandia (“How Kalandia makes us suffer,” Comment & Features,
Like her, I also would like to see us have the open borders
of the European Union where one can pass from Switzerland to France without
border controls. However, the difference is that France is not waging war
against Switzerland, perhaps by claiming its French-speaking cantons. Nor is
Germany sending suicide bombers to reconquer Alsace-Lorraine.
Palestinians can admit that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people and
not the “occupied lands of Palestine,” maybe we can be neighbors like France and
Switzerland and do away with checkpoints, whose true origin lies in the
irredentist dreams of Palestinian conquest of Israel through terror and
Until then, the checkpoints protect our children from your
terrorists. Sorry about the lines.
Sir, – I
would like to thank Yara Dowani for making us aware of her situation. She’s
right. It is unfair. I can only hope someday it will improve.
Israel also face unfair realities.
It’s unfair that my children worry
about terror attacks as they take their buses and trains to school each day.
It’s unfair when they hear a siren (I am often asked if it’s an ambulance or an
air raid siren). It’s unfair for thousands of citizens and those from abroad to
have lost loved ones in terror attacks, resulting in families, lives and
generations changed irrevocably. There are also the maimed and
So as long as there are terrorists crossing into our cities,
there will be checkpoints.
Has Dowani considered writing an op-ed piece
to her local papers, pleading with the population to lay down its hatred and
arms, to plead that terror will never achieve the goal of peace? I long for the
day we can all travel safely.
Clear to him
Sir, – In your November 19 editorial “Israel in the Philippines” you ask: “What
is it that motivates Israel to respond to humanitarian crises caused by natural
disasters?” The answer is very simple and very obvious: Jews have consistently
cared more and done more to help humanity than any other people in the history
of the world.
It may not be so politically correct to say this – and you,
in fact, choose not to say it – but it is clear to me that this is the
Beit Shemesh Teary-eyed
Sir, – There are very few
things that make me cry in my life.
However, “Majorca’s master chef
returns to the Jewish People” (Fundamentally Freund, November 19) surprised me
and I actually had tears in my eyes.
What a beautifully written piece of
journalism. What a great story. It’s our story, the story of the Jewish people.
We don’t give up. We can’t be destroyed. We just don’t go away.
keeping His promise.
We are an eternal people! REIZL FINK Jerusalem Go
live there Sir, – In response to “Olmert criticized for slamming Netanyahu
abroad” (November 18), my question is, why does anyone give former prime
minister Ehud Olmert air time? He is not the one to talk. Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s family lives, works and serves in Israel, and is under
threat. Can Olmert say the same about his family? Where are they living, and
what is their army experience? All Israelis need to back Netanyahu, as he is
fighting to protect all of us. If Olmert is such a fan of US President Barack
Obama, maybe he should just move to America.
It’s not you Sir, – I read Susan Hattis Rolef’s column “Airport security checks”
(Think About It, November 18) with sadness.
This is not the first time
security checks have been commented on in The Jerusalem Post. She has spoken to
officials regarding this, obviously to no avail.
The writer has
absolutely no reason to feel humiliated. These boorish men and women who conduct
the security checks have no idea how to behave outside their homes. It is they
who should feel humiliated and ashamed.
Of course, they won’t. Shame on
Kiryat Ono Kerry again
Sir, – In “Why blame John
Kerry?” (Observations, November 15), Moshe Dann writes: “Egypt and Jordan
conquered parts of what was [British] Mandatory Palestine in 1948. Their rule
was never recognized by the international community and they used these
territories to carry out terrorism.”
Thus, “Israel is legitimately
occupying part of the ‘Jewish national home’ that was severed when it was
invaded and conquered by Arab armies in l948.”
The rest of the page
contains narcissistic sermons by Marcie Lenk (“Israel must learn to listen to
our American cousins”) and Carole Zabar (“We know, we know”), who tell us we
should grant further egalitarian democracy to those who threaten publicly, in
Arabic, to destroy us since they fled to Israel from their own severely
While “all Jews are connected,” not all Jews
have put their family’s lives on the line here. Were Diaspora easy-chair
mega-donors and preachers to do so, their lofty idealism might crash to Earth
when evaluating any gains in acceptance by all the Arab Israelis who benefit so
greatly from living here.
Sir, – US Secretary of
State John Kerry’s statement about another intifada (“Kerry warns of third
intifada if peace talks break down,” November 8) was extremely
By warning us of the possible consequences of failed
negotiations, he effectively was telling the Palestinian Authority that the US
would understand (read: support) if it were to take that route. This is subtle
and dangerous language effectively says “do it.”
The US has the audacity
to give us a deadline for negotiations that is not only unrealistic, but
condescending and paternalistic.
Kerry’s comment, coming at a time when
the US is withdrawing from the international arena everywhere except here, tells
us a lot about the Obama administration.
The White House has purposefully
and repeatedly leaked information about our military actions in Syria in order
to undermine us. Obama has an agenda and wants Israel to be weakened so that the
Arabs will be strengthened. When he said he has our back, what he meant was he
has a gun to our back.
Every American president has wanted to be the one
to bring peace to the Middle East, but to date none except for Jimmy Carter and
Barak Obama have had the pomposity and arrogance to see themselves in the
God-like role of arbitrator.
Sir, – There is no
need for direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
PA President Mahmoud
Abbas has appointed US Secretary of State John Kerry his spokesman.
Sir, – The “non-intifada” we are experiencing lately is not
exactly John Kerry’s fault. He only encouraged, by his ugly threats, what has
been underway for a few months. Last week, for example, a 19-year-old soldier
was murdered on a public bus.
We are told by “experts” that there is no
way to control this “non-intifada” if it’s being undertaken only by killers
acting alone, without an organizing force behind them. Oh, yes there
What we have to do is enact a law that requires an automatic death
penalty for convicted killers.
Not only would this be a strong deterrent,
it would save us the heart-wrenching and humiliating spectacle of seeing these
murderers periodically released. We would get to a point where we just wouldn’t
have them in our jails.
Let’s finally do the right thing.