Sir, – Well, it’s now official: Even non-haredim are beginning to see
Finance Minister Yair Lapid for what he really is (“What an idiot!” Into the
Fray, October 11).
The King is naked. Completely naked. He did not obtain
a matriculation certificate in high school and has no clue about economics,
political science or history. He only has good looks.
Lapid knows how to
talk and knows how to ride a populist wave that is empty of ideology.
he is supposed to chart the way to a better economy. Blah, blah, blah. He
reminds me of the Pied Piper, happily tooting his horn, the mice happily
following him wherever he goes.
Life is too serious to just sneeze him
away (as he deserves). The repercussions of his disastrous policies will have
effects long after he is gone from the scene (which I hope is very soon). I
can’t help but feel pity for all the Israelis who follow him, but the damage
being caused here and abroad is enormous.
There is no time for pity. The
government has to get its act together and our lawmakers must reorganize to save
Israel from the Pied Piper.
Sir, – Many have
complained about Yair Lapid’s comment that Jews are safer in New York than in
Israel. However, I find his other comment, about the lack of importance of the
Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, even more
This demand had been made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
only days before. In the context of the peace negotiations with the
Palestinians, it is one of Netanyahu’s stated requirements. Such a comment by
Lapid undermines not only his prime minister, it undermines Israel’s position at
the bargaining table. One would think a finance minister would show more loyalty
and common sense, and just keep his mouth shut on such delicate
That was one further strike against Lapid.JACK COHEN
Sir, – It gave me great pleasure to read Martin Sherman’s description of
the limitations of Yair Lapid as a member of the government. Having seen parts
of the interviews with Charlie Rose, I had formed a similar opinion.
question arises as to how Lapid was able to fool the voting public to obtain
such strong support. The answer is found in the power of the electronic media,
notably television, to influence even intelligent people.
talented politicians should take advantage of this power and endeavor to appear
on television as much as possible, where they can expose the limitations of
people like Lapid.ROBYN ROTBERG
Sir, – Martin Sherman got it
right yet again. But who’s listening? Certainly not our “enlightened” leaders,
for it would seem that success in Israeli politics depends more on energy and
drive than it does on intelligence.
Yair Lapid is truly a stupid leader –
all style and no content, and dangerous to boot. But what does this say about
the swamp of Israeli politics? Surely, Lapid’s rise to political importance is
an indictment of the paucity of quality parliamentarians in Israel. It is also
about an electorate that gave him a large vote of confidence.
It is said
that every country has the government it deserves.
In a democracy, people
get the leaders they deserve.MALCOLM DASH
Zichron Ya’acov US aid cut
Sir, – Regarding your recent editorial “Egypt, US aid and Israel” (October 10),
it is very good to emphasize the importance and the fragility of the
Israel-Egypt peace treaty, but there will not be a treaty if the Muslim
Brotherhood returns to political representation.
The focus ought to be on
the latest development, the most woeful twist in US policy that intends to
reduce the capabilities of the Egyptian military – the most recent posture in
submissiveness to activist Islam somehow dreamed up by the Obamaites.
whole wrongheaded policy of forcing democratic forms on societies whose
socio-religious lineaments do not require it, request it or allow it ought to be
looked at again. If these arbitrary, incendiary constructions blow up
(literally) in your face, who is to blame? PAUL RABOFF
Out of the
Sir, – Reading “It’s the Torah, stupid!” (Fundamentally Freund,
October 10), I was reminded of a similar occurrence that took place after the
death of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach in February 1995.
was completely unknown outside the Orthodox community yet over 300,000 took part
in his funeral.
To quote Sarah Shapiro of The Jewish Observer, “the
big-circulation Israeli newspapers were full of bemused speculation as to how
this rabbi’s death had managed to bring together religious Jews of all stripes
and how the largest funeral in the country’s history had been held in honor of a
man whom the journalists themselves, and most of the readership, had never heard
As opposed to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Auerbach kept out of the
limelight. Perhaps because of that and because of his love for all Jews, he was
revered by all streams of religious Jews.DAVID WILK
Ma’aleh Adumim Back
Sir, – From reading “Off-key suggestion” (Letters, October 10), it seems
that some Post readers misread or misunderstood my piece “What about an
international anthem out of Israel?” (October 8).
I in no way suggested
that any international anthem replace, lessen or, indeed, have anything to do
with the Jewish national anthem. They would be completely separate and in no way
connected, two very different anthems that in no way diminish one another,
The Jewish anthem would remain as is and in its place
in Jewish life.STAN MARKS
Melbourne, Australia Ponds apart
Sir, – As an
English teacher originally from the UK, I reluctantly began teaching American
spelling to my Israeli pupils some years ago, as that has become the preferred
But I also show them the English alternative, as much of the
literature contained in the matriculation exam syllabus is by English authors. I
also point out the different terminologies (e.g., pavement and sidewalk) when
the occasion arises.
While I sympathize with reader Deborah Poznansky and
her problems with the daily crossword puzzles (“Hitting a nerve,” Letters,
October 10), on behalf of all the ex-Brits here I beg The Jerusalem Post not to
change them. So many articles published in your paper these days are taken from
American newspapers and deal with topics mainly of interest to
Please don’t take away the one thing that we Brits like and
And while on the subject, why can’t we have more articles
by British journalists taken from British newspapers? LOLA S. COHEN
Sir, – I have the best of both worlds. I was born and educated in Australia,
where British English and spelling are taught. And for all the clues relating to
English counties, towns and rivers I have a lovely English neighbor (neighbor?)
who puts me out of my misery.
Also, as I write for a number of American
publishers and newspapers I long ago learned to drop the letter u from words
like color and favor, and adopt a more phonetic spelling, even though
sometimes it makes me cringe.DVORA WAYSMAN