You too, Charles?
Sir, – If we had any doubts of the yawning gap between Israeli
Jews and American Jews, look at what Charles Krauthammer wrote in “Your bid, Mr.
Abbas” (September 13).
I have no idea where he thinks the “broad-based
national consensus for giving back nearly all the West Bank” might lie. We gave
up Gush Katif. We put almost 10,000 productive people out of their homes and
destroyed their lives. Most of them still haven’t got permanent housing five
We did, of course, get a war when Hamas moved in and started
raining missiles on our heads.
The downpour has been reduced to a
drizzle, but still hasn’t stopped.
Krauthammer describes the unbearable
situation of setting our soldiers against our own population thusly: “Jewish
soldiers pulled the settlers down off the roof tops. If Israel is offered a real
peace the soldiers will do it again.” But having the awful experience still
fresh in our minds, I think Israeli soldiers won’t do it again.
more than 289,000 people living out there who saw what happened to the citizens
of Gush Katif. Who would expect these people to put their heads willingly into
the noose? The result, God forbid, could be civil war.
And as a little
throw-away line, Krauthammer says “...if Israel gives up its dream of a united
Jerusalem....” As a physician, he should know that a body cannot function with
only half its heart.
I guess nobody living abroad can see or understand
our lives here. Et tu, Charles. How depressing.THELMA JACOBSON
Tikva Who wants peace?
Sir, – In response to “Jewish NGOs: ‘Time’ cover story
‘insidious’” (September 13), most Israelis would strongly reject the personal
assessment of Time’s Karl Vick of their desire for peace.
spent 62 years fighting for their survival and seen generation after generation
of their children killed in this ongoing conflict.
Vick may think that
the absence of suicide bombings has made this a “quiet” year. However,
Palestinian Arabs have fired 120 rockets from Gaza at Israeli towns and cities
in the first seven months. On a daily basis, Israeli civilians are being shot,
stabbed or injured by rocks.
What Israelis are tired of is the fruitless
peace process, where it is evident that there is no desire for peace from the
other side. Not from a PA president who stated on September 6 that he is
unwilling to make any compromises, and who wasted nine months of a settlement
freeze looking for excuses not to start direct peace talks. Not from a PA
president who allows streets and summer camps to be named after Arab terrorists,
who controls the local media but allowed the official PA TV to broadcast to its
children on August 25 that “all of Israel is occupied Palestine” and glorify, on
July 11, love of death and martyrdom.
Not from a PA president who on
August 18 honored the mastermind of the Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic
These are not the ways to convince Israelis that we have a
partner for peace.MICHAEL ORDMAN
Netanya So much snake oil
Regarding “Class-action suit approved that challenges Megagluflex ‘cartilage
building’ claims” (September 13), despite many years of advertising its product
for people suffering from osteoarthritis, the manufacturer has been unable to
establish the validity of its claims.
How much more skeptical should the
people of Israel be of claims made by the US, the Quartet, Saudi Arabia and
those behind the Geneva initiative that the Palestinians are indeed interested
in the pursuit of peace? Not only is there no evidence to support these claims,
but there are very clear signs that point in the opposite direction. These
include the murder of innocent civilians and continued incitement in classrooms
and mosques, in addition to the proclaimed intention of leaving the peace talks
if their preconditions are not met.
Buyer, beware! ZEV CHAMUDOT
Tikva Half empty or full?
Sir, – I confess to being somewhat confused regarding
your September 13 headline “First indepth poll finds Spain isn’t more
anti-Semitic than rest of Europe.”
Is this good news or bad news? Maybe
it isn’t “news” at all! ELLIE MORRIS
Asseret Not their call
Sir, – I agree with
Caroline Glick’s statement (“A Prayer for 5771,” September 8) that “by
introducing the demand that the Arabs recognize Israel as the Jewish state, our
leaders are only making matters worse [and] are suggesting that the Arabs have
the power to grant or deny that which is not theirs to give or take
Indeed, why should we ask anybody to recognize the Jewish
character of our state, as it was already done in the UN Partition Plan for
Palestine 63 years ago? Let our government and the Knesset simply vote and
proclaim that the country’s new official name be The Jewish State of Israel!
Jerusalem A reader’s wisdom
Sir, – Regarding “New Year’s wisdom”
(Editor’s Notes, September 8), I would like to add my own suggestions for our
beleaguered prime minister.
1. If the Palestinians continue to demand a
complete freeze in all settlement building, including in Jerusalem, he should
say “Fine, so long as it’s mutual.” If they want to keep using settlements as an
excuse, then they should at least stop their own expansionism.
the land, too.
2. Stop trying to get the Palestinians to recognize Israel
as a Jewish state. They always have great excuses that sound rational to the
outside observer. Rather, demand that they acknowledge the deep and long
historical connection of the Jewish people to this land. This would be much
harder to deny.
3. Regarding the right of return of millions of
Palestinian refugees, the prime minister should simply point out the larger
number of Jewish refugees who fled or were forced to flee from Arab lands at the
End of story.LARRY BIGIO
Zichron Ya’akov Readers know
Sir, – In your September 13 editorial (“A message for Hamas”), you wrote:
“In a disappointing, though not unexpected, turn of events, Hamas... wrested
[and] intensified the barrage of rockets and
I have to ask: How many editorials did you write in support of
the Gaza withdrawal? I know that many of your letter writers correctly predicted
what would occur, even if your editorial board did not.
Hence, this is
why many of your readers (and many Israelis) do not support further
disengagements, despite your efforts to suggest that most do. They’ve learned
twice from their mistakes.BARRY LYNN
Efrat Teachers first!
Sir, – I
would like to applaud Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar for announcing a shift in
curriculum in elementary and junior high schools that will also include uniforms
(“Sa’ar touts instilling ‘Zionist, Jewish’ values in school curriculum,”
Toward the end of the last school year, a pre-teen boy with
suspected ADHD was referred to me. During the course of testing and general
conversation, he told me about a new “lottery” he and his friends were playing.
They were trying to bet which of the teacher’s straps was really her underwear.
He also mentioned that one can “learn” about anatomy by going up to the
teacher’s desk and asking her a question, or by asking her to help you at your
own desk. Of course, the warmer seasons are more revealing! So, thank you
Minister Sa’ar, but I truly believe the uniforms need to begin from the “top
Teachers first! DR. JUDITH GUEDALIA
The writer is
director of the Neuropsychology Unit at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.