(photo credit: JP)
On and on
Sir, – There is “concrete intelligence” regarding plans for a terror
attack from Sinai (“Troops deploy in South amid fears of terrorist
infiltration,” August 31).
The article says the IDF and Shin Bet are
working “closely to thwart the attack.” A senior defense official says that
Israel is restraining itself and not taking action against the Islamic Jihad in
order to not undermine the Egyptian regime. And so it goes, on and
Israel is always the one showing restraint in order not to undermine
someone, friend or foe. No one however, is concerned about undermining Israel –
and why should they be when our government is prepared to sit back time and time
again waiting for an attack.
Anyone with half a brain can see that the
situation calls for a policy of attack and destroy, letting our enemies (and, I
might add, “friends”) see that we are no longer willing to be sacrificed on the
alter of political correctness.EDITH OGNALL
Netanya Lousy regulations?
Sir, – I was gratified to read the headline on Page 4 of your August 31
newspaper – “Peres: Road safety can be averted if regulations are
It was about time your headline writer came out strongly
against road safety.
We have too few accidents, and anything that can
increase their number is to be encouraged.LARRY ISRAEL
: The letter writer is, of course, right. The headline should
have said “increased,” not “averted.”Bouncing ball
Sir, – As is his
custom, Gershon Baskin seems to place the blame for no progress in the peace
process on the Israeli government (“I call it national suicide,” Encountering
Peace, August 30).
Baskin appears to have lost sight of the fact that
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has accepted the need for a two-state solution
and requested to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, even in
Netanyahu has stated clearly that the two states will be the
Jewish state of Israel and the Arab state of Palestine. He has even accepted
that the state of Palestine will be judenrein.
Abbas, on the other hand,
has refused to accept Israel as the Jewish state despite the full rights enjoyed
by Israeli Arabs. The ball is clearly in his court, and all Israelis should
acknowledge this.ROBYN ROTBERG
Kfar Saba Matter of timing
Sir, – I wish
to thank Khaled Diab for “Love thy neighboring enemy” (Comment & Features,
August 30), which has a conciliatory ring that is very welcome.
that recognition of the good qualities of the other side “can be a first step to
healing wounds” makes much sense. But how realistic is it in the current state
of affairs? RACHEL BIRATI
Melbourne, Australia Build on it
Sir, – Good
observation by Richard Curwin (“Where does the energy go?,” Comment &
Features, August 29). However, it is all up to teachers who are excited and
prepared to engage their students and give them confidence.
There are no
wrong answers – just answers that can be built on. When a child is encouraged,
it will lead to excitement and enthusiasm. I fully appreciate that a large class
size and the amount of material given a teacher puts him or her under pressure.
However math, reading and writing can all be covered in fun
When teaching fractions, add a musical scale. Now that you have
the musical scale, research a composer.
If that composer came from
Austria, do a bit of geography and look into the food that was prepared in that
Whatever you do, please hand back all assigned projects in a
short time. Children need feedback and trust.HELENE MESSINGER
Jerusalem The writer is a retired teacher.