Only real issue
Sir, – With regard to “PM to lobby Hollande, Putin against Iran
deal” (November 12), many months ago Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was
demanding that Tehran be given an ultimatum to dismantle its nuclear program or
face imminent attack. He realized at the time that the fabled table having all
the options on it, including the military option, did not actually
The US decided against any military option, probably long ago.
Therefore, it came to the mirage of a bargaining table in Geneva with no cards
in its hands.
The results are apparent. The lack of a military option is
the real and only issue.PAUL RABOFF
Jerusalem Releasing Pollard
In your report “Rafi Eitan: US told Israel Pollard would serve 10 years”
(November 12), the former cabinet minister claims he was only following orders
from then-prime minister Shimon Peres, saying he has deep regrets for
incriminating Jonathan Pollard and that he is devoting his last years to bring
about Pollard’s release.
Esther Pollard once wrote that Eitan had
informed her his only regret was that he did not put a bullet through her
husband’s head to prevent the affair. I tend to believe Ms. Pollard’s side of
Sir, – Though I applaud The Jerusalem
for its sincere effort to extricate Jonathan Pollard from a fate worse than
death (“Pollard’s fate,” Editorial, November 10), the arguments presented will
fall on deaf ears.
Every one following Pollard’s saga already knows that
his sentence was the longest and harshest in US jurisprudence for one count of
passing classified information to an ally. It was not treason. Pollard spied for
Israel, an ally, and it was recently confirmed that the US has long been spying
The US reneged on a plea-bargain
Then-secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger and others
presented false information to the judge. Pollard’s original counsel was
ineffective, and the US Jewish leadership and the State of Israel were less than
daunting in their support for him.
Leading officials who prosecuted the
case against Pollard are now his greatest advocates for executive clemency. If
all of the above arguments were not sufficient to obtain Pollard’s release,
surely all the “righteous indignation” of all the Cal Thomases and other pundits
will not move President Barack Obama to release Pollard.
the US originally had in mind by throwing the book at Pollard, it no longer
makes any sense. He has already served more time than any other spy for his
The point was made! One thing for sure: No leaders of other ethnic
or religious groups would tolerate such gross injustice.
There is only
one reasonable approach that might motivate Obama to release
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must forcefully remind the
president that on numerous occasions in the past the US has pressured Israel to
free Arab terrorists (even with blood on their hands), endangering Israeli
citizens, as “good-will gestures” to the Palestinians. It is unfathomable that
Israel cannot ask for the same reciprocity for Pollard.
friends and allies are for! ROBERT DUBLIN
Sir, – Regarding
“After acquittal, Liberman returns as FM” (November 12), the acquittal of
Avigdor Liberman after 17 years of investigation demonstrates the wisdom of
America’s founding fathers, as seen in the Fifth Amendment of the United States
In the relevant part it mandates that “no one can be held
to answer for an... infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a
Under such a criminal justice system, the decision of
whether or not to fully prosecute a suspect does not sit with the unbridled
discretion of the office of the prosecutor alone, but with a group of the
The Liberman file highlights the fact that the sole
power to prosecute given to one unchecked office is a concentration of power
that is the antithesis of a healthy democracy.
If Israel had a mechanism
similar to the grand jury to provide a check and balance to the state
prosecutor, it would have returned a “no true bill” pronouncement on the
insufficient indictment presented to it by Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein,
thus saving the Israeli taxpayer countless shekels in the investigation and
adjudication of an indictment lacking sufficient evidentiary support.ANN
The writer is an attorney and lecturer on the faculty of law
at Ono Academic College Carte blanche?
Sir, – With all due respect to a
prominent rabbi, it ill-behooves Warren Goldstein (“Ministers of international
polarization,” Sinai Today, November 8) to write what appears to be libel about
someone in another country who was democratically elected.
Or can the
media now write whatever it likes as long as a byline is attached?
Michmoret Vanishing Jews
Sir, – I feel sure that those who are so concerned
about intermarriage are aware that the solution, as with assimilation, starts in
the home with traditional Jewish education.
A Jewish person meets a
Both eat the same type of food. Both dress according to the
fashion of the day. Both speak the same language. Both know the name of a place
where they do not go to pray. In short, they have the same cultural traits. So
which one is assimilating? One could weep at the paucity of Jewish knowledge
that gradually brings on what is known as the “silent holocaust.” May the All
Merciful preserve us! LEONARD BOOK Ashkelon Sir, – In light of all the talk
about intermarriage and Jewish continuity, love kills more of Jewry than does
hate. But for God’s sake, don’t tell this to anti-Semites. If they start to love
Jewry they will destroy it.
Hatred of Jews has saved world Jewry for
thousands of years. This is an age-old truth.MARY and JAKOB BEILINSON
Dropping out isn’t a phenomenon limited to Jews or to
Multiculturalism has swept the Western world, prodding people to
ignore differences and to celebrate the “fact” that everyone is
This attitude erases the special characteristics of many groups,
such as Jews, and disposes young people to blend in with the masses.
fact is that Jews are extraordinary by most measures, and Jewish thought is the
foundation, in tandem with the ancient Greek philosophers, of the Western world.
For Jews to give up their ancient heritage and join the masses is disturbing not
only for them, but for the future of humanity.
It is incumbent on the
Jewish community to show young Jews that separating themselves in certain areas
is not “racism,” but a natural inclination to promote a unique
Being Jewish has never been easy, but that difficulty certainly
has something to do with the extraordinary achievements of the Jews. Breaking
the link with Judaism will diminish our children’s lives and the lives of
While I don’t believe that all Jews should up and
move to Israel, it appears that being comfortable in the Diaspora may lead to a
Alfei Menashe CORRECTION
In “Netanyahu awards $1
million prize for biofuel innovation” (November 13), the philanthropists were
Eric and Sheila Samson, and not as stated.