(photo credit: JP)
War, not summer camp
Sir, – Are you Israelis mad? You are harassing your own
soldiers at the behest of your enemies (“IDF investigates 400 complaints over
Cast Lead conduct,” November 4).
That was war, not summer camp. I would
hope that the IDF made things very unpleasant for the terrorists and their
enablers in Gaza, a terrorist state.
If I had put my life on the line and
then came under investigation because a Gazan didn’t like how I treated him, I’d
tell the IDF to shove it, pack and move out of Israel immediately.
your never-ending attempt to make the world love you, you are making fools of
yourselves and endangering your best young people.ABE KRIEGER
Park, NJ Where is freedom of religion?
Sir, – Regarding “Non- Jews, citizens
‘without religion’ can now marry in civil ceremony” (November 4): The current
bill regarding civil marriages doesn’t actually allow true civil marriages to
take place. On the contrary, the proposed bill is semi-racist and contradicts
the Proclamation of Independence, which clearly states that our country will
provide equal right to all it’s citizens regardless of their religion, race or
The current bill only broadens the gaps between all of Israel’s
It is the biggest hypocrisy to force people to be
segregated by religion, regardless of their own beliefs.
As an atheist I
am forced to believe in God so as to marry in my own homeland which I served and
fought for all my life. Where is the freedom of religion? I guess we haven’t
progressed enough as a democracy yet, to truly implement the fundamental right
to freedom of religion.ILAN KOKOVIN
Haifa Improve it or lose it
Regarding “Fayyad vows to keep funding east Jerusalem projects” and “Danon:
Fayyad crossed a red line by dedicating east J’lem school” (November 3): After
an apparently very revealing visit by Danny Danon in east Jerusalem, he
concisely concluded what numerous MKs, ministers, city officials and human
rights activists have been saying for years: “We have to understand that if
we’re not active, we’re going to lose our place, and we already are
With all due respect to Jewish sovereignty over the entire city
of Jerusalem, “a united” Jerusalem, “one” Jerusalem and constant vows by MKs and
other officials that Jerusalem will never be divided again, nothing much has
been done to improve living conditions in east Jerusalem for decades.
who can really fault the Palestinian Authority for coming in to fill the gap? No
one has any delusions about Fayyad’s ultimate ulterior motives in his protecting
the “Arab character of Jerusalem and its status as the eternal capital of
Palestine.” But Israeli leaders and successive municipal administrations in
Jerusalem have admitted time and again the desperate need for more and better
infrastructure, classrooms, homes, roads and municipal services in east
Jerusalem, yet virtually nothing is ever done.
In fact, the same voices
that cry out with righteous indignation against any attempts to redivide
“united” or “one” Jerusalem in any way, shape or form have actually done more
than any Palestinian official ever did to recreate a very divided “east” and
“west” Jerusalem by this inexcusable neglect of residents’ needs.
successive Jerusalem administrations and/or the government put their money where
their mouths were till now, there would be no need for any Palestinian actions.
In fact, given Israel’s sorry record regarding municipal improvements for Arab
east Jerusalem, the only surprising thing is why the PA didn’t take any action
Fayyad and the PA couldn’t have asked for a better propaganda
tool for showing the entire world who really “cares” and “provides” for Arab
If we still hope to preserve a truly united and single
city of Jerusalem, Danny Danon had better make sure that his newfound
“revelation” about east Jerusalem be translated into tangible municipal
improvements very quickly.GERSHON HARRIS