Sir, – Regarding your report “If talks fail, we will renege on
Oslo accords, PA warns” (October 24), I fail to remember what part of the Oslo
Accords the PA has been keeping.
They are still inciting their people
against Israel, they have not changed their curriculum in their schools, their
maps do not show that Israel exists, they encourage martyrdom by honoring dead
terrorists, and the list goes on. To date I do not know of anything the PA has
done to give Israelis the confidence that they want to live in peace with
The time for our compromising is over. It is now time for the PA to
realize that if they actually want to live in peace and provide their people
with a decent life, they have to come to grips with the fact that Israel exists
as a Jewish state and is here to stay, and they have to show by their actions
that they, too, want to live in peace.VEL WERBLOWSKY
Jerusalem Livesaving curb
Sir, – Regarding your editorial “Regulating the health basket”
(October 24): My husband is an insulin-dependent diabetic with very unstable
blood glucose levels and suffers from hypoglycemic unawareness.
a small medical device that can monitor his blood glucose every 30
It operates with bluetooth technology and is worn just as an
insulin pump is worn.
The health basket has repeatedly denied my husband
the use or purchase of this device.
Only recently has this device been
allowed limited use by children. We are still unable to get it through our
My husband has had numerous emergency visits by MDA and
visits via ambulance to emergency rooms. His condition is
Your editorial refers to “arbitrary decisions [of the
Health Basket Committee] like excluding from the basket some of the latest most
promising pharmaceutical innovations.” By sidetracking NIS 65 million for dental
care, Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman has denied many people needed drugs
The legislation to curb Litzman’s power would be a
lifesaving measure not just for my husband but for many, many others in need of
drugs and equipment to keep them well.A. WEINBERG
Rehovot Tea and cake
in Nablus of the 80s
Sir, – Yaakov Katz’s article “Quietly taking over” (October
22) reminded me of my visit to Nablus as director of BIPAC in the 80’s when I
accompanied a top British journalist to Nablus.
We were to interview an
outstanding Palestinian woman activist who had served eight years in an Israeli
prison and a professor of note at the university.
The journalist was
writing a column for The Sunday Times on life in the West Bank during Israel’s
We wandered freely both in the university and the shuk,
finally arriving at the home of the aforementioned lady. We did not see soldiers
with menacing guns pressed to their chest.
The atmosphere was
The interview with N over tea and cakes was enlightening, since she
said that the only way to peace and coexistence was through peaceful negotiation
and compromise but not through violence.
The time spent in prison was for
her a time for learning and contemplation. On returning home she had started a
women’s organization for the wives and families of those imprisoned so that they
could be better adjusted when they returned home.
So many years later we
seem no nearer to what she and many of us had hoped for.ZELDA HARRIS
Aviv ‘Borders Palestine on the north’?
Sir, – US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, referring to the Ahmadinejad visit to Lebanon, said, “When the Iranian
president goes to Lebanon, and we know that they are supporting financially and
in every other way Hizbullah, which is on the border of Israel and the border of
the Palestinian areas [my emphasis], then that is a volatile situation” (“‘PM,
PA Pres. want to be leaders who resolve conflict,’” October
Interesting! In my many years of bringing Palestinian Media Watch
material to the attention of Congress and the American public, one of my primary
concerns has been the denial of Israel’s existence, to this very day, in
Palestinian venues such as their media and schools.
When I read Clinton’s
statement, it reminded me of one egregious example: a children’s crossword
puzzle entry that asked for the “country bordering Palestine on the
Lebanon was the correct answer (Al Ayaam, February 17,
Clinton should be more careful about what she may be
subconsciously projecting will be the ultimate borders of “Palestine” – a de
facto Arab state to replace, not just abut, Jewish Israel.
puzzles, maps and rhetoric make clear this is their eventual goal.JEFF
Director, Israel office Zionist Organization of America Jerusalem ‘Opportunity obstructed’
Sir, – Your story “‘No’ to UNRWA school ‘near Hamas
base’” (online edition, October 22; headlined in the print edition “Israel
rejects UNWRA plan for new Gaza schools ‘near Hamas facility’”) should have been
headlined “‘No’ to UNRWA schools replacing former Hamas base.”
Israeli authorities are denying UNRWA permission to build two schools in a
heavily built-up residential area of Gaza City allegedly because the site of the
proposed schools is next to a Hamas installation. This allegation by the Israeli
authorities is completely false.
In fact there was a pre-Cast Lead Hamas
base at the site in question (a former Palestinian Authority security base)
which was completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Cast Lead.
UNRWA subsequently, and with the support of the local community, made plans to
build the two new schools and secured the site, Hamas removed the last makeshift
shack they had established adjacent to the area.
There are over 5,000
children seeking an UNRWA education in the area of Gaza in question and because
of the unavailability of land and building materials, there is not a single
UNRWA school there. The destruction of the former security base presented an
opportunity to build two new schools on the site of a former Hamas military
What an extraordinary irony that this project is now being
obstructed by Israeli officials.
Already 39,000 children in Gaza are
being denied a United Nations education. With this regrettable episode, that
number has now climbed to 44,000.CHRIS GUNNESS UNRWA
JerusalemIt’s a sell-out
Sir, – A state may have no opinion other than that of its
citizens. Members of Knesset are merely proxies whose responsibility it is to
act on the wishes of the majority whose tax money they are elected to
Hence, the spurious new bill to circumvent the Supreme Court’s ban
on discriminatory handouts to kollel students (“Vote on controversial kollel
stipend bill delayed,” October 24) is not only illegal; it is a patent lie when
it declares: “The state sees a great importance in encouraging Torah study,
which is a central value in the life of the Jewish people.
propose allowing a modest stipend for kollel students who have chosen to follow
The overwhelming majority of Israelis – especially those who
pay taxes and serve in the IDF – are adamantly opposed to such
The basis of this nefarious legislation is purely the desire to
hold on to power by selling out the public.JJ GROSS
Jerusalem Is it good
for the Christians?
Sir, – Regarding your report “‘Only Israel can uphold
freedom of worship at J’lem’s Christian sites’” (October 24), severe persecution
and lack of protection have resulted in the major drop in the Christian Arab
population in the areas under PA control.
The recent conference at the
Vatican tried to place the blame on the Israeli occupation (“Vatican synod calls
for end to Israel’s ‘occupation,’” October 24), conveniently suppressing the
hard facts on this persecution.
With the sharp drop in the Christian Arab
population, positions at Christian holy places are being filled by Muslim
Kiryat Ono What Drives Alfred Uhry?
What drives a
production to use Vanessa Redgrave (outspoken enemy of Israel) to play the role
of strongly-Jewish Miss Daisy? What drove Isa Goldberg and Alfred Uhry to omit
commenting on this? What is driving a (probably heavily Jewish) audience to make
this show one of the hardest tickets to get? CHARLOTTE SLOPAK GOLLER
Under the weather
Sir, – It is hard to complain about The Jerusalem Post because
I like the paper very much. But I need to tell you that the subject we all talk
most about nowadays is not discussed in it: The weather.
are used to the fact that summers here end in 50 days of alternating heatwaves
and thunderstorms, after which they are followed seamlessly by hopefully wet
winters. But this year, the waiting is not just for the rain. Where is our
winter? Now, one could say that the problem with the weather is that it is
largely unpredictable, that weather-wise experts greatly differ on what will be
in a couple of months and that we can’t do anything about it anyway.
that is all true for politics as well, and yet it has never stopped you from
discussing that widely.MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN