Sir, – “The moment Israel declares a cessation of
settlement construction and agrees to a timeline for withdrawing to the 1967
borders we will go back to the negotiations,” says Palestinian negotiator Saeb
Erekat (“PA: We don’t want goodwill gestures,” October 25).
does the enemy make the demands? No wonder the world questions our rights here.
What is wrong with us that we no longer have faith in ourselves? Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas states categorically that we have no place
here – and we behave like dhimmis.
Oh, and another thing: There is and
never was anything to talk about. My country is not up for
Netanya No to horse breeding
Sir, – Regarding
“Agriculture Ministry slammed for promoting breeding of horses” (October 25),
the state currently struggles to enforce laws regarding drugs, mafia
infestation, the trafficking of women for the illicit sex industry, and the
mistreatment of animals in the areas of food production and product testing,
among other social ills.
The importation of horse racing and legalization
of gambling would not only add another crime-ridden industry to our already
overburdened regulators, it would take us farther from a society that expresses
Jerusalem The writer is a rabbi and chairperson
of Hakol Chai – Education and Action to Help Animals in Israel
Sir, – A US
Jockey Club-commissioned study found that only 22 percent of people think
favorably about horse racing, in part due to its inherent cruelty and
corruption, and that if current trends continue, its fan base will drop 64% by
2020 and horse owners will lose 50% of their income.
Why does Israel seek
to enter an industry in decline? Experts testifying at Congressional hearings on
widespread drugging, the high number of catastrophic breakdowns and deaths,
brutal whippings and more, said that all regulations and laws have been unable
to stop the abuse. It is true in every country where this
Also, would Israel enter the horse
slaughtering business for those animals not fast enough for racing? Either one
is a gruesome prospect.NINA NATELSON
Alexandria, Virginia The writer is
director of Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI) Celebs and homework
Sir, – I wish to welcome actor Jason Alexander to Israel (“Costanza gets
serious,” October 25). His obvious caring for Israel and desire to help bring
about peace is commendable.
Nevertheless, I find it problematic when
high-profile celebrities with a very limited understanding of the situation get
I implore you, Jason: Do your homework. Read all sides of the
argument. By capitulating to demands of so-called moderates we are playing
Israel regrettably destroyed the Gush Katif settlements
and in return got thousands of missiles.
It let out over 1,000 terrorists
to get back one dear soldier, and already the number of terror attacks is on the
rise. This is what Israel gets when being “moderate.”
If you really want
to help Israel, do not try to take advantage of your celebrity status and
pressure us into making dangerous concessions.
I believe you love and
care about Israel and your fellow Jews. Please take the time to really learn
about the conflict, and enjoy your stay in our home, the Land of
Beit Shemesh Soak the rich
Sir, – Daniel Doron
says: “Capitalism is in crisis, but why?” (Comment & Features, October 25 ).
I can tell him why, if he really doesn’t know.
Any system in which one
child in every three goes to bed hungry has to be in trouble. A system in which
doctors have to go on strike in order to get what they deserve salary-wise is
certainly in trouble.
I could go on and on to list all the ills of our
capitalist system, but they’re pretty clear.
Yes, soak the rich. Why not?
Taking an extra 15-20 percent from their bloated incomes won’t hurt them much
but would help the rest of society.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Netanya Not in the
Sir, – In “Dear Man...,” Comment & Features, October 25), Shoshanna
Keats Jaskoll warns: Beware, girls today are not as naive as their grandmothers
and have attained those manly attributes of education, wisdom and
Not all men are alike, though. I was well trained by my
grandmother, who on more than one occasion admonished the elders of our
community: Der Yiddishkeit is nisht in de bord (Jewishness is not in the
Jerusalem Deep deterrence
Sir, – Louis René Beres
(“The hidden meanings of jihadist terrorism,” Comment & Features, October
25) indirectly tells us how to combat Arab terrorism.
Since it is fueled
by a religious desire for eternal life, we should remove that incentive. The
British taught us how to do that in the 1930s: Execute terrorists, wrap their
bodies in pigskin and bury them in unmarked graves. That stopped terrorist
attacks in weeks.
We can do the same, all quite legally.DAVID
Netanya No compassion, please
Sir, – In his October 25 column
(“What’s next?,” Encountering Peace), Gershon Baskin is to be credited for
admitting that he has no idea what’s going to happen after the deal for
Unfortunately, that is where reality ends and wishful thinking
Baskin insists on the same old leftist formula for solving the
Israeli-Arab conflict, in this case by rewarding Hamas with an end to the Gaza
blockade. He conveniently ignores the continued arms smuggling, future attempts
to kidnap soldiers, and rocket fire into Israel.
Baskin should heed our
rabbis when they say that “he who feels compassion for the cruel will be cruel
to the compassionate.”MATTIAS ROTENBERG
Petah Tikva A bit let down
– Your paper recently gave a rave review to a restaurant called L’entrecote de
Paris (“Succulent steak and a secret sauce,” Billboard, October 14). Based on
this review, my family and I, on a visit to Israel during the intermediate days
of Succot, gave it a try.
I can honestly say that the meal was superb –
that is, as compared to the typical fare served on Aeroflot. In economy
class. Prior to perestroika.
One could argue de gustibus non
disputandum est (in matters of taste there is no dispute), which surely explains
the spectacular success of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, et al. However,
there can be no confusing an entrecote steak sourced from the rib eye with its
far lowlier cousin, which derives from the contrefilet or sirloin. We were
served the latter and, frankly, the words hard, leather and tasteless don’t
begin to do justice to what was served up. I pity the cow that was slaughtered
for a meal of such dismal quality.
The secret sauce, meanwhile, brought
tears to my eyes. Literally.
I can only imagine that the constituent
ingredients would be of interest only to repressive governments seeking a
diabolical new weapon for crowd control. Add to that a fois gras that was first
delivered burnt and whose replacement was cold, coupled with frites that
required a stiff dose of Viagra – and you begin to understand our collective