letters to the editor 88.
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Sir, - Uri Dan's opinion regarding former chief of General Staff Moshe Ya'alon and our leadership crisis sounded rather strange to me ("Ya'alon is not our savior," September 7). He seemed to be confusing labels: "Boogie" Ya'alon is, indeed, not the Messiah, but neither is Uri Dan our prophet.
We are not now looking for the Messiah to be our next political leader. We have a lot to achieve ourselves first. We are looking for honest, capable and shrewd leaders with a true vision of our future as a Jewish nation and people in our land. That vision involves education, respect and, of course, security for the generations to come.
I appreciate Mr. Dan's "total and eternal" friendship with Ariel Sharon through the decades, but it is becoming a blindness. Sharon, with all his huge contribution to the history of the state, in these last years made some serious strategic mistakes for which we are paying dearly now.
Ya'alon belongs to a small group of leaders in Israel who have demonstrated responsibility, action, vision, dedication and honesty. He should be a very senior leader in building our "new" Israel. We deserve it.
Don't be so condescending, Mr. Dan. Instead of being "guided," Ya'alon might be the one doing the guiding.
Sir, - When Larry Derfner lionizes Supreme Court President Aharon Barak ("The Jewish tradition of Aharon Barak," September 14), he credits Barak with having the same sort of moral courage as those Jewish-American justices who stood up for minorities. Considering Israel's situation, Barak is actually far more courageous.
After all, there's a huge difference between protecting a minority which poses no conceivable threat to the security of one's country and protecting a minority which actively sides with one's mortal enemies. By doing so, Barak not only infuriates his fellow citizens who feel that he endangers them, but he is also willing to sacrifice the security of his country on the sacred altar of civil rights.
In America, fainter hearts would caution that the Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact, but obviously some Israelis would disagree.
Sir, - Haviv Rettig's interview with Knesset Education Committee chairman Rabbi Michael Melchior was truly wonderful ("'If the Torah isn't for everyone, it isn't for anyone,'" September 8).
Let us hope and pray that this man will be given the chance to further expand his opinions and ideas. Without doubt, what this country so sadly lacks is more of his kind - with influence.
All of Israel should rally to support him at this time so that what he proposes can be implemented without delay, and we regain pride in ourselves and what we are supposed to stand for.
Sir, - I believe that allowing the planned gay parade in Jerusalem to take place is a greater danger to Israel's well-being than anything Hizbullah or Iran have in their arsenals for your country ("Gays petition over J'lem parade," September 11).