What did he miss?
Maybe I missed something in “Committee votes to reduce regulations on food pesticides” (May 24).
I understand that regulations are in order to supervise and prevent abuse in the use of pesticides and antibiotics. If the regulations are lightened, it will be easier for farmers to increase their use – which they want because it helps increase crops and safeguard livestock.
However, Eli Groner, director- general of the Prime Minister’s Office, says that easing the regulations “establishes Israel among other developed countries.” Huh? I would suppose that making it easier to use pesticides and antibiotics would establish Israel more as a developing country.
Yes, it will maximize farmers’ profits, as the article says, but this means we will consume more pesticides and antibiotics. As I say, maybe I missed something.YOSEF TUCKER
Jerusalem Sad day
Seth J. Frantzman’s exposure of the apparent nefarious role of the Obama administration in manipulating public support for passage of the disastrous (for Israel and the world) nuclear deal with Iran (“How they sold us the Iran deal,” Terra Incognita, May 24) brings to mind an oft-quoted observation by George Orwell in his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language”: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
A sad day, indeed, for democratic political discourse in the United States.JACK E. FRIEDMAN
Reading the funnies
Jerusalem Post editorials have been hilarious reading for a number of days now, showing a new left-wing tack of the paper. It feels wrong to pick out just a few examples when almost all of them could be picked out, but here you have three: 1. It’s pretty funny to use Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On as a Torah scholar, as you did in “Revenge sentence” (May 22).
2. It is surprising, and not a little counter-intuitive, to demand a new diplomatic initiative from the new government when it is obvious that our enemies, the Palestinian Authority, wouldn’t want to sit across the table from us anyway (“Treading water,” May 20).
3. In “Flag waver” (May 19), you muddle the waters by bringing in the question of individuals desecrating our flag when Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) has been talking about making institutions that receive money from the government fly the flag. It is a willful effort to stain Regev’s initiative with things that are irrelevant.
I suggest that such editorials be moved to where the comic strip usually is, and that more serious editorials be reinstated. The Post’s outlook needs to have a strong Zionist belief with backbone.
Ma’aleh Adumim Alan, come home
In “A visit to the old and new hells of Europe” (Comment & Features, May 22), Prof. Alan Dershowitz writes brilliantly, as always.
Let me quote a few lines.
“If there is any group in the world that needs a safe homeland....”
“They had no place to go....” “...reaffirmed my commitment to defend Israel’s right to exist, to speak out....” “...will not recur if there is a strong and secure Israel.”
Alan, when will you put your beautiful words into action and make aliya? There is plenty of room here for you and your family.URI HIRSCH
NetanyaLetter about letters
Reader Benjamin Morris (“Letters about letters,” May 17) asks what my May 13 letter (“Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan’s remarks”) had to do with the “unsolicited, false, damaging and untimely statement” by the IDF deputy chief of staff.
I thought I made it clear that it wasn’t about Golan. I merely offered as proof of the truth of the general’s criticism a plan by a certain Jerusalem Post columnist (yes, Martin Sherman) to offer large sums to Arabs who wish to leave, and basically reduce the objects of his largesse to penury if they refuse.
Mr. Morris himself offers another brick on the primrose path to perdition when he justifies the irrelevancy “of how humanitarian, moral and ethical we Jews are” on the basis of persistent hatred of our “persecutors.” Well, if they can be evil, so can we.
Below that letter, reader Rhona Yemini seems to agree, apparently saying that if the displacement of the Jews of Gush Katif was acceptable in its time, so should the displacement of Arabs.
Both Mr. Morris and Ms. Yemini display a sense of discrimination.
The former points out that Sherman’s largesse is aimed only at Arabs who are not citizens of Israel.
I doubt if any Arab sees significance in this bureaucratic difference, nor can I, and I can’t see how this mitigates the evil. The latter, who challenges my parallel of Arabs having nowhere to go with the situation of the Jews in Europe in the 1930s, talks about “the obvious fact that the Jews of Germany were exemplary people who wanted nothing more than to be good citizens of their host country.”
There was a zeitgeist at the time that agreed with Ms. Yemini’s assessment, whereas the Oestjuden who refused to assimilate, who lived primitive lives in their villages and wanted nothing more than to live in their own way, would not be much of a loss. My grandparents were victims of that zeitgeist.
I can’t claim to be free of proto- fascist ideas; we all have to be on guard. But Mr. Morris, Ms.
Yemini and Dr. Sherman seem oblivious to the eventuality that there will have to be a next step.
Perhaps Armageddon?SYDNEY L. KASTEN
Jerusalem Showing it around
Congratulations and yasher koach to Herb Keinon on his outstanding and important “Israel at 68” (Independence Day 2016 supplement, May 11). I plan to show it to everyone I know.ESTHER B. ROSE
Sarasota, Florida ‘Weekend’ is missed
Another Thursday with no Weekend magazine! I really miss it.
Weren’t you supposed to add some of the pages to The Jerusalem Post Magazine? If so, I seem to have missed them.LEAH REBICHIA
Your Weekend magazine provided me with information that improved the economy of Israel.
On occasion, I would go on trips around the country, stay at featured hotels and eat in the newest restaurants. I bought groceries, makeup, gift items, home accessories, clothes and shoes that were featured as new products.
It often says at the top of your daily front page: “Wake up to a new morning with The Jerusalem Post.” It was so refreshing to read something on a lighter note toward the end of the week.SARAH MASLOW
Can we have fewer pictures of our prime minister? I think your readers are beginning to know what he looks like.NAFTALI WERTHEIM
Tirat Zvi Tsk, tsk, Facebook
Facebook is facing rising complaints by conservative media and groups in America over a perceived left-wing bias, particularly in the way political and social news and issues seem to trend on its pages.
I am reaching out to high-profile individuals, social media groups and pro-Israel NGOs that have been blocked on Facebook because of their posts and opinions on behalf of Israel in order to examine and coordinate complaints about Facebook’s methods and procedures prior to requesting a respectful meeting with its Israel CEO.
I ask interested and involved parties to contact me to discuss their grievances at theviewfromisrael@ gmail.com.BARRY SHAW