Sir, – The Post reports that some Western governments are increasing
their pressure on Tehran (“US, UK and Canada announce financial sanctions on
Iran,” November 22). However, there is a strong school of thought that American
economic sanctions on Japan are what drove the Japanese to attack Pearl
Economic sanctions are another form of warfare. These countries
(and we) should be vigilant and prepared.
Efrat Hardly likely
Sir, – MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer concludes his remarks on Egypt (“Ben-Eliezer:
Confrontation with Egypt is looming,” November 22) by saying that returning to
peace talks with the Palestinians could help stabilize Israeli-Egyptian
relations. With Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and other Arab countries sliding into the
Islamist camp, this hardly seems likely.
The time for our compromises has
passed, as our only “gain” has been more demands on us and a barrage of Kassams
exploding in our border towns.
The time has come for the Palestinians to
offer their first compromise; to date, they have been getting a free
One just has to watch how Arabs treat each other to realize what we
have to do to instill the deterrence we once had.
Jerusalem Tell the truth
Sir, – Regarding “The new libel bill” (Editorial,
November 22), the Oxford dictionary’s definition of libel is “false or
defamatory misrepresentation or statement.”
Once upon a time journalists
were careful to tell the truth.
Nowadays, they seem to go to extremes in
presenting perceptions as news to try and get bigger headlines.
is published is the truth, what have journalists to fear? How can the
presentation of truth be anti-democratic – unless they want to get away with
defaming those they dislike.CYRIL ATKINS
Sir, – The writer
of your November 22 editorial is either insincere or just plain
The Israeli media is notoriously left-wing and, worse, notoriously
dishonest in its reporting. Leftwing politicians are almost never identified as
such and are largely immune from serious investigation.
politicians – always identified as such – are fair game together with religious
leaders and settlers.
This bill allows victims of the left-wing media to
defend themselves and financially recover some of their reputation.
the Israeli media would police itself and adhere to professional standards, this
legislation would not be necessary.KENNETH BESIG
Kiryat Arba Historic
Sir, – Gershon Baskin (“Leadership that makes history,” Encountering
Peace, November 22) wants Prime Minister Netanyahu to be a “historic leader” and
lead us out of our morass with the Palestinian Authority by making all kinds of
Been there, done that with prime ministers Barak
and Olmert – who didn’t even receive a counter-offer from Yasser Arafat or
One has to wonder what it is that Baskin wants. Does he
want to divide Jerusalem? Been there, done that as well! Should Israel flood the
country with Palestinians and emasculate itself from within? Instead of making
the same old leftist demands, maybe he should ask Abbas and his minions to
become “historic” leaders and end the conflict. Or could it be that they prefer
not to end the conflict? MATTIAS ROTENBERG
Jessica Montell is an example of why transparency is important for NGOs funded
by foreign governments (“Just who does Area C belong to?,” Comment &
Features, November 22).
She writes: “Eighty percent of the Palestinians
living in the Ma’aleh Adumim area are refugees from the Negev.” Could she please
explain how one can be a refugee from the Negev? Does she believe the Negev
belongs to the Palestinians? For my work in the 1970s and ’80s I frequently
travelled down to Jericho, and every time noticed new Beduin
Gradually they put up generators. Then they had tractors and
private vehicles parked by their homes. One of my colleagues remarked: “Unless
the government does something now, these Beduin will claim to have been here for
It seems Montell and B’Tselem are trying to make that claim
for them.MENACHEM SAMUEL
‘Post’ moving left?
Sir, – I was
shocked to see the whole of Page 15 of November 22 given over to peaceniks. I
might as well have been reading Haaretz
, that bastion of anti-Israel
Israelis.The Jerusalem Post
is moving ever more toward supporting the
anti-Zionist line.ERNEST DAVID
Tel Aviv The real news...
The Jerusalem Post ran an article on singer Taylor Swift being named “artist of
the year” for the second time (“Swift dominates American Music Awards,” November
22). This trivia obtained a major headline, and it’s possible that it justly
But two days before, US Rep.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and radio
host Glenn Beck were honored by the Zionist Organization of America for their
strong and long-term commitment to the State of Israel. Ros-Lehtinen has
spearheaded pro-Israel legislation, and when the Jewish state was, as usual,
being delegitimized, Beck, at personal risk, announced “I stand with
Amazingly, this event did not get a single
Zichron Ya’acov ...and hatred
Sir, – Anne
Bayefsky’s compelling report on the shameful anti-Israel and anti-Semitic agenda
of the latest incarnation of the UN-sponsored Durban travesty (“Durban-like
anti- Israelism is alive and well at the United Nations,” Comment &
Features, November 21) underscores a disturbing contemporary phenomenon: the
proclivity of many who harbor ill-will toward Jews to cloak their animosity in
assaults on Israel.
Demonization of the country as a practitioner of
apartheid, historical distortions and calls for boycotts and divestment are
often manifestations of impulses to use Israel as a whipping boy for traditional
antipathy to Jews.
“We have nothing against Jews,” apologists for such
warped viewpoints will avow, “it’s only how they behave.”
I dedicate to
them the Ode of the Modern Jew Hater: We’re glad there is a Jewish state On
which to vent the ancient hate A place that justifies the ruse: We like the Jew
but not the Jews.JACK E. FRIEDMAN
Sir, – Accompanying
“Durbinlike anti-Israelism is alive and well at the UN” is a photo showing
demonstrators with a sign that reads” “O Palestine, because you resist, that’s
why you exist.” Isn’t it a shame that this is the only raison d’etre for the
Palestinians? May they wake up soon and realize that it takes a lot more to
build a state than blind hatred.RON BELZER
Petah Tikva The shrinking pot
Sir, – In light of “Generous minimum wage a myth in Greece’s labor wasteland”
(Business & Finance, November 17), we often hear the question: What’s a
Greek urn? The answer is, a lot less than when this joke was first