February 20: Stop the madness

Everyone lives in fear of Islamic theology, which won’t allow other religions freedom of worship.

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Stop the madness
Sir, – I commend The Jerusalem Post for “Holy matters” (Editorial, February 18).
No country in the civilized world would permit the horrible discrimination against Jews where only they are denied free access and prayer at their holiest site. This is an indication of the fear that exists in Israel about Islam.
Muslims are already threatening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he dares show himself in Hebron at the Cave of the Patriarchs – and this is in Israel, under an Israeli government. No wonder ISIS can decapitate 21 Christians and the world wrings its hands. Even the Christians of the world do nothing.
Everyone lives in fear of Islamic theology, which won’t allow other religions freedom of worship. Its adherents also know how to manipulate followers so that they rise up and kill anyone seen to disturb their faith. Why have we permitted such a situation to come about? It is impossible to believe that these conditions exist and that no nation, no leader – not even the pope – has the courage to stop the madness.
Don’t stand down
Sir, – The word that best describes the plaint of Elliot J. Cosgrove, rabbi of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue (“A time to stand down, not double down,” Comment & Features, February 18) is “poignant.” He is clearly a dedicated Jew but feels “uncomfortable” with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu having “caused offense to my president.”
My reactions are twofold.
Causing offense is not necessarily to be avoided at all costs. We will never know for sure, but if more American rabbis and other leaders had risked their comfort by speaking more vociferously during the Holocaust, it might have mitigated, at least somewhat, that enormously horrific tragedy.
Second, not only Netanyahu, but leading Jews such as Eli Wiesel and distinguished scholars such as Prof. Efraim Karsh (whose “White House delusions” appears directly above Rabbi Cosgrove’s opinion piece) feel very strongly that the Congressional speech is of overriding importance. Are they “wrong-headed” also? Perhaps Israel and world Jewry should not stand down if it is felt that there is a clear and present danger posed to us by a nuclear Iran.
Sir, – Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove goes to great lengths to describe his and American Jewry’s discomfort over the spectacle of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to congress. He even raises the possibility that American Jewry will find itself “alienated from Israel” should our elections result in a “further emboldened ultra-Orthodox community.”
Rabbi Cosgrove must realize that the days of American Jewry having any impact on the affairs of the State of Israel are long gone. It is also uncertain whether their numbers carry any weight in American affairs – witness their total impotence in helping to secure the release of their countryman and brother, Jonathan Pollard! If there is any “standing down” to be done, pure logic dictates it should be Rabbi Cosgrove and not our worthy and intrepid prime minister.
Mevaseret Zion
Making sure
Sir, – Kol hakavod to The Jerusalem Post for preparing for the winter storm by distributing the weekend edition’s inserts to Jerusalemites on Thursday instead of Friday. I do look forward to Shabbat morning coffee with my Post!
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