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Sir, – Yair Lapid’s statement made in an interview with CBS’s
Charlie Rose (“Lapid: Jews safer in NY than in Israel,” October 9) was both
boorish and simplistic, and not at all worthy of a senior government
Objectively speaking, Lapid has no real facts about life in New
York that could lend support to his statement, and frankly I am not certain what
it means. The one possible area where it has a ring of accuracy would be that of
road accidents caused by the criminally irresponsible Israeli
With the great amount of talk about the need for hasbara (public
diplomacy) and the concern that Israeli students and professors traveling abroad
serve as ambassadors carrying a positive image of Israel, flippant, thoughtless
statements like the above serve to obliterate much of that effort.
rate, while it might indeed be safer for Jews in New York than in Israel, beyond
any shadow of a doubt Israel is the securest place for the Jewish people. This
is so because Israel has two invincible sources of help, as reported by
columnist Leonard Lyons immediately after the Six Day War.
explained, was aided by both a supernatural and a natural source.
supernatural was its army. The natural was its God.
Sir, – I would like to know upon what Yair Lapid based his assertion,
especially when such comparisons are skewed due to dissimilar
Also,what was the purpose of making the remark as an
Israeli and, moreover, as a member and representative of the current Israeli
government? Statistics notwithstanding, I can only state that I feel perfectly
secure anywhere in my own home, more so than I ever could as a guest in someone
else’s. For the first time in centuries, Jews are able to defend themselves and
have a pretty good track record in doing so.
As an Israeli for the past
44 years, the changes wrought in this country during that period of time have
been indescribable and phenomenal.
When I look back and think that I had
the opportunity to make a nano-contribution to the building of this Jewish
state, it fills me with the greatest of pride and satisfaction. Nowhere else on
the planet is this possible for a Jew.
– I was inspired by “The tide is turning on tackling climate change” (Comment
& Features, October 3).
The pressing need for all nations to pull
together and mitigate the adverse impact of climate change is crucial. Such an
undertaking will not be successful without Taiwan’s participation and ambitious
commitments to tackling climate change.
Although Taiwan is not a UNFCCC
party, it has taken major steps to promote greenhouse gas emission reductions in
line with the Convention’s Copenhagen Accord of December 2009. These include the
enactment that year of the Renewable Energy Act and a review of the draft
Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Energy Tax Acts.
The Republic of China, as a
responsible member of the international community, has taken aggressive steps to
slash the nation’s greenhouse emissions. It has committed to the goals of
reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 2005 levels by 2020, and to 2000 levels by
2025, as well as to cutting energy intensity.
The issue of climate change
has no boundaries and the efforts to deal with it must be universal.
Unfortunately, Taiwan has been left out. In fact, it has the resources,
expertise and willingness to make contributions.
The writer is representative at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office