Sir, – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that the creation of
Israel was a “crime” (“Denouncing nuclear arms, Iranian leader calls on J’lem to
give up arsenal,” September 27).
The State of Israel’s creation and
existence is no crime. What is a crime is the lack of understanding regarding
the creation of all the countries surrounding us.
All life and politics
in this region is tribal. When the British created the mandate for Palestine
after World War I, they also helped create Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and
Lebanon without regard to tribal affiliation. Had they paid close attention to
this and not to their greed for oil, internal strife would not exist on such a
We are a crime? No. What was created after that war was
the crime. We are the victims of that crime.
Rehovot Eye on
Sir, – As usual, I find myself nodding in agreement with every
sentence by Martin Sherman in “Like a man in a bucket (cont.)” (Into the Fray,
But it might not be so hard to beat the Left-leaning
elites on their own terms.
Their anti-Zionist positions are based
entirely on standards and principles deriving from the Christian West (one of
which happens to be Jew-hatred), which are different from – and in some cases
alien to – the Jewish tradition. If the Zionist Right can refortify its own
positions solidly on Jewish history, literature, languages, law, philosophy,
etc., the Left will be unable to respond.
For this to happen, the Right
has one very important citadel to take: Israeli education. From preschool to
12th grade, our children should learn what being a Jew is. Israeli universities
might likewise be urged to strengthen the Jewish content of their curricula –
minds capable of bringing this about are present in abundance.
Zionist philanthropists could help here greatly.
In a generation or so,
the Zionist intelligentsia Sherman seeks could be created, and the anti- Zionist
Left would fade into welldeserved oblivion.
Sir, – Uri Savir’s latest column (“Process of peace, process of
conflict,” Savir’s Corner, September 27) beggars belief.
A simple look
through a dictionary (try The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical
Principles) will reveal more than a column used to elaborate on the various
meanings of the word “process.” Savir also brings in a German meaning for an
English word noted for Middle Eastern, French and Latin sources.
this appears beneath Sarah Honig’s “Thanks for the revelations” (Another Tack),
which sums up all the reasons to listen to Arab dialogue.
Europe? In the
process of being overrun by Islamic immigration that could threaten countries
with the atomic bomb! As for Palestinians, where was that term before 1967? And
they are “grappling with a fundamental dilemma,” that dilemma being to determine
the best way to totally annihilate the only democratic state in the Middle
The least Savir could do is listen and relate to what the leaders
of neighboring countries are saying.EZRA BEN-MEIR
Sir, – “Why I am going to be a rabbi in Krakow, Poland”
(Observations, September 27) touched my heart.
Poland was in many ways
different from other European states when its kings and governors invited Jews
in countries of persecution to find a haven of rescue.
It was in this
land where we became 10 percent of the population.
Poland was the first
country in Europe and the second in the world to introduce a constitution with
true human rights for everyone.
Most leading founders of Israel had a
And, coincidentally, some words in Israel’s national
hymn express a similarity to the anthem of the Polish people.
time, since Poland’s freedom from oppression by foreign nations, every one of
its presidents has stood by the Jewish people and its state. None tried to deny
any of the atrocities committed against Jews by Poles under German or Soviet
occupation – indeed, they appealed to Israel for forgiveness.
visits to the land of my birth, I have sensed among its people a genuine love
Having just celebrated the Jewish New Year, I would be
extremely delighted if The Jerusalem Post published my wishes: Niech zyje
Polska! (It is similar to Am Yisrael chai!) May the renewed friendship be
exemplary and prevail.
Jerusalem An insult and untrue
Sir, – I would like to refer to “A Zionistic media – utopian?” (Media Comment,
September 25) by Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak.
These two gentlemen seem
to claim that the Israeli media are dominated by post-Zionist journalists, and
they mention Channel 2’s Amnon Abramowitz and Yonit Levy as examples of
journalists who “have little contact with the Zionist ethos which led to the
creation of the State of Israel.”
This statement is an insult and
Abramowitz was born at Kibbutz Nir Am, of which his parents were
founders. He was awarded a citation by the chief of staff for bravery during the
Yom Kippur War. He served in a tank, and at the end of a long fight that he
conducted single-handedly he was very badly wounded, with burns all over his
Many of the pilots and paratroopers who fought in the Six Day War
and Yom Kippur War were secular, left-leaning kibbutzniks.
All had very
close contact with the Zionist ethos. For Medad and Pollak to claim otherwise is
a distortion of history.
The Israeli media have to be balanced, but at
the same time they must be vigilant and critical.
The existence of such
media proves that this is a healthy, vibrant and democratic society.
Modi’in Spare the effort
Sir, – I want to congratulate Israel’s security
forces for the speedy capture of Tomer Hazan’s murderer (“Palestinian lures,
murders soldier in West Bank attack,” September 22).
In light of that, I
would like to recommend that the government release the terrorist now to save
the Hazan family from having to grieve twice – now and when the terrorist is
released in some future deal.
Sir, – I want to say a huge thank you for the outstanding Succot supplement
Every article was a treasure, but to me the most amazing
and emotional one was the account of the flight that had to divert to Gander on
September 11, 2001 (“The kindness of strangers”).
What an incredible
story! In an age when nearly all the news is about the terrible atrocities in
the world, to read this really heartwarming article was an absolute
Equally, the article “Thirsting to be a Jew” by Yosef Begun was
extremely moving. The amazing courage shown by him and all his fellow refuseniks
was nothing short of breathtaking. Their bravery against the backdrop of the
oppression in Russia and the risks to their lives that they undertook in their
struggle to preserve and sustain their Judaism give pause to all us Western olim
who never knew such persecution in our old countries.
This supplement is
truly a gem to be kept as a collector’s item.
Sir, – Your Simhat Torah supplement (September 25) appeared
in a new font. This was most welcome.
It was good to look at, easy to
read, clear and attractive.
It added to the enjoyment of all the
Thank you for this modernization.ANITA ELLIS