October 26: How far can leaders go?

The Rabin assassination should have opened up a debate on the "right of the majority" to control the lives of the minority.

October 25, 2007 23:46
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How far can leaders go? Sir, - Further to "Heal the rifts" (Editorial, October 23): The Rabin assassination should have opened up a debate on the "right of the majority" to control the lives of the minority. Yes, Yitzhak Rabin was a hero in 1967, but what about in 1993? Oslo, father to the Gaza disengagement, negated much that was won in 1967. Sadly, in the delusional days of the 1990s, terrorists were given statehood at the expense of millennia of Jewish history in Judea and Samaria. Israelis, many of whom would quietly admit to being wrong about the 2005 disengagement, need to ask themselves how far their leaders are allowed go in this game of "peace process" with terrorists and dictators. As Oscar Wilde said, "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." JOHN LALOR Dublin Fools not to fuel aliya Sir, - Re "Back to the aliya dark ages" (Editorial, October 18): The beginnings of the Bnei Menashe aliya indicate that it can be compared with the Yemenite and Indian aliyot in the 1950s. Lets face it, the 5.5 million Jews of America are not coming. The South American Jews, those who are not intermarried, are not coming. French Jews are trickling in due to Muslim anti-Semitism. You correctly pointed out that if 300,000-plus non-Jewish people from the FSU have come to Israel, why stop the Bnei Menashe, who wish to reassert their ties to the Jewish people by undergoing conversion? A couple of years ago we contacted HOT to get a cable connection installed. Two days later a young Russian speaking excellent Hebrew showed up to make the connection. While working, he asked us if we thought he could get a job in Las Vegas. Thinking he was Jewish, I tried to dissuade him. Then I asked if he had been in the army. "Only four months," he answered proudly. "I made believe I was crazy." I asked if he was Jewish. He looked at me as if I had asked whether he was from Mars, and said, "Forty percent of the Russians in Israel are not Jewish." I asked how he had learned to be such a good technician. He smiled, and said the government had paid for his training. Because some fools, many years ago, decided to introduce Hitler's laws into the Israeli aliya process, Israel has upward of 300,000 gentile Russians, some of whom hate Jews and the Jewish state so much that they have become neo-Nazis. Now Israel's interior minister and others want to impede sincere members of the Bnei Menashe living as proud Jewish Israelis. Almost all the Russian Jews living in America are young, Jewish and married to Jews, and have good jobs. Many of their parents are in Israel getting pensions and other benefits. The Bnei Menashe are mostly young and wish to live in Israel, not Brooklyn. KAREN KLEEN Boyton Beach, Florida Sir, - Kudos to Gish Truman Robbins and Judy Manelis for expressing so articulately and eloquently the reasons for accepting the Bnei Menashe with open arms. I hope their words will be heeded ("Accept those who take on our burden," Letters, October 21). TAMAR KAGAN Jerusalem

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