Sir, – How ironically typical, how hypocritical that an
MK from Meretz, the party that criticizes every initiative prop0sed to limit the
tyranny of the judiciary as undemocratic, proposes a bill that would limit the
right of citizens to reelect a mayor they believe is doing a good job (“38
municipalities vote in mayoral runoff elections,” November 6).
more undemocratic than banning eligible candidates from running for public
office and, even worse, preventing the public from voting for
Modi’in Short-sighted cousins
Sir, – In declaring
that he “never found that money is the inhibitor” to the expansion of Jewish
education, North American Jewish Federation president Jerry Silverman has
reiterated a half-truth that continues to obfuscate the real reason behind the
devastating revelations of the Pew Research Center study on American Jewry
(“Leaders of Jewish Federations to focus on demographics during Jerusalem
confab,” November 6).
To be sure, Bernard Madoff’s depredations
notwithstanding, there’s no shortage of American Jewish money around for
philanthropies and pseudo-philanthropies, Jewish, non-Jewish and anti-Jewish.
It’s only when the issue of a multi-billion-dollar trust fund to finance the
education of the current and coming generations of American Jewish children is
raised that the cupboard is reported bare.
The fact is, while American
Jewry is forfeiting two out of every three school-age children to a day-school
tuition system ($15,000 a year and up, with which most young Jewish families are
unable to cope), Mr.
Silverman finds himself precluded from raising the
funding issue to an affluent, influential constituency – which, while educating
its own children at the most expensive non-Jewish private academies, remains
politically wedded to crumbling public school systems as the only acceptable
venue for insuring the Americanization of the rest of the Jewish
However commendable, the preschool education program Silverman is
pushing will lead nowhere unless it is followed by eight years of primary
education at an accredited Jewish day school – and that would take serious
planning and very serious money.
I suppose that we here in Israel should
feel grateful to our short-sighted American cousins for the continuing influx of
young American families seeking to escape the tuition crunch. But until those
who truly care about the future of American Jewry come to their senses, the sign
“No Jewish Child Left Behind” that I once saw over a Jewish day school should be
changed to “Only the Wealthy Need Apply.”
Efrat Fighting the
Sir, – With regard to “Fighting organized crime” (Editorial, November
6), business is booming in the underworld. That is why there is the wealth to
wage wars to wrest lucrative branches of crime from criminal
Members of the underworld are not bothered by
“regulators”who inquire into the millions they are making. They do not have to
pay taxes, and the police do not have the budgets, and hence the manpower or
technology, to bring the “anti-mafia war” into the criminals’ daily
Only by investigating and monitoring the crime bosses’ activities
and sources of income 24 hours a day will it be possible to jail them, as the US
did decades ago to Al Capone and many others.
Profits from illegal
activities are subject to taxes, but the sums collected today are a joke. All we
need now is for the government to set up brave “tax commando” units to engage
members of the underworld intensively so that they will no longer have time to
continue liquidating each other and endangering the public. If these units do a
good job harassing the mob, the criminals might just take their business
Kiryat Ono Pretty low
Sir, – Having read “Mixed
messages from DC” (Analysis, November 5) about Washington’s understanding of
Iran, American credibility on this matter has dropped to that of “Baghdad Bob”
during the 2003 war in Iraq.
Sir, – With regard to “It’s time to reassess Israel’s strategic
assumptions” (Our World, November 5), in 1938 and since there has been an
opinion that Czechoslovakia should have fought the Munich Agreement, that even
had Hitler entered Prague he would have “black eyes” that would have clipped his
ambitions and power base. Israel did this in 1948, Having sketched the Obama
demolition of the US-Israel alliance and hinted at new strategic opportunities,
can Caroline B.
Glick, along with Yaakov Amidror, now expound on the
(de)merits of China and India, or even Russia and India, according to how they
pick enemies, without forgetting the backdrop of Sunni distaste for Iran?
Changes occur only when there is a valid alternative, as when Austria after 1748
switched from Prussia and Britain to France, and when newly unified Germany, by
building the High Seas Fleet, pushed Britain into France’s entente.
Prestwich, UK Who needs them?
Sir, – In answer David Newman’s “The future
of Israel-EU research” (Borderline Views, November 5), the countries of the
European Union with Calvinist and Catholic orientations have an anti-Semitic
tradition augmented by their large, anti-Israel Arab populations. Their
violation of the sovereignty of the State of Israel by seeking to offer money
for determining its borders is what Prof. Newman encourages, although the
government has taken a proper stance to preserve the honor and integrity of our
EU research cooperation is not an absolute necessity. Israel’s
world-renowned computer programming development is not connected with Europe,
but rather with Silicon Valley in northern California.
There is also
serious and good research in Japan, India, Russia and South
Universities are places of teaching.
among the upper staff devote their time to writing research papers and less to
students. Israel has excellent research institutes, and they should be the place
for professors to whom teaching is secondary.
It should also be pointed
out that Newman’s basic premise is that whatever is over the so-called Green
Line is “occupied territories,” disregarding that elected governments of Israel
have annexed some parts of these lands and encouraged 300,000 Israelis to live
there. Perhaps the designation of these parts of our country should be “captured
Ramat Gan Insignificant entity
Sir, – Regarding
“Liberman to South African Jewry: Leave before there’s a pogrom” (November 4),
South Africa is in the forefront of the countries vilifying Israel.
are major countries Israel must not offend, even if they abuse it, such as China
But South Africa is an insignificant entity. Israel has a
moral duty to teach it the concept of menschlichkeit, human decency.
must be tough against a country that is a world leader in evil and disregard for
human life and dignity.
South Africa is infamous for its murder rates,
traffic fatalities caused by recklessness, the number of men with AIDS who in
turn infect their girlfriends and wives, and the disparity between rich and
poor. It has, however, one distinction that overshadows them all: It is the rape
capital of the world outside a war zone.
Each day a staggering 180 rapes
are reported. Many others go unreported. Few rapists are ever convicted. And
just last month, the horrifying rape and murder of two toddlers
Toronto Overlooked date
Sir, – How could November 2 go by without recognition of
its significance? On Channel 1, in a segment on nostalgia and what happened on
that day in history, there was no mention of the Balfour
When I was a youngster in the Bnei Akiva movement in
Brooklyn , we memorized the Balfour Declaration!
IDA SELAVAN SCHWARCZ