letters to the editor 88.
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Sir, - Re Dan Izenberg's "Presidential system deja vu" (October 9), many groups and individuals are alert to the idea that electoral reform is indispensable to a democratic nation. I can only hope there will be a serious coordination of ideas and programs so that the Knesset, which ultimately must pass on any recommendation, will not use confusion as an excuse to avoid dealing with this vital subject.
Izenberg's article should be an essential part of the discussion. Factual, historical and accurate, it answers the question "Why didn't electoral reform work the last time?"
CEPAC is an all-volunteer grassroots group now engaged in a public campaign, by way of petition, to promote complete electoral reform, which must include a Knesset formed by the direct regional election of its members.
We believe that people constituency representation is essential to a truly democratic system of government.
Sir, - I think most of the sane world (even those who aren't lovers of Zion) would disagree with Esther Riley's "Israel's the obstacle" (Letters, October 5). There is absolutely no way to make peace with an entity that does not recognize you should exist - not to mention one that refuses to renounce violence. As for the fence that's built because of that violence, no explanation is needed. We have already tried a retreat in Gaza that produced only the firing of missiles on our citizens.
The truly viable state the peace-loving Palestinians were offered back in 2000 by prime minister Ehud Barak was an offer that was hard to refuse - but unbelievably it was!
Ms. Riley should realize that unlike the question "What comes first, the chicken or the egg?" "Who's an obstacle?" has an answer.
Hates & hearts
Sir, - When the first Jewish soldier was kidnapped my husband, a Christian pastor, and I put up our Israeli flag underneath our American flag. One evening someone hurled a rock through our window. It had "Jew" written on it. That same time a cross was burned on our front lawn.
This crime is a hate crime, and my husband called the local police. They are working hard on this. The Anti-Defamation League has offered a reward.
We continue to fly our Israeli flag and pray for Israel and your soldiers. My son has just returned from Iraq. He was injured and given a Purple Heart decoration.
To the mothers of Israel's soldiers, I am praying for you.
What swayed Golda
Sir, - Having been involved with the Yom Kippur War from the Washington end, I read Abraham Rabinovich's "A barometer for Dan Halutz" (Yom Kippur supplement, October 1) with great interest.
However, I was surprised at his failing to mention that most probably the deciding factor in prime minister Golda Meir's decision not to preempt was Dr. Henry Kissinger, then national security adviser to Richard Nixon, who strongly urged Israel not to strike first at the Egyptian and Syrian formations, and to absorb the first attacks.
MORRIS J. AMITAY
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