Letters to the Editor: Making it clear

I suggest that we in Israel have an obligation to state the facts.

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Making it clear
Michael Lynk, the UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur on Israel and the Palestinians, has stated for the world media that Israel is treated differently at the United Nations because it is an “occupier” (“UNHRC official: Israel’s status at UN depends on ‘ending the occupation,’” November 1).
Unfortunately for Mr. Lynk’s bias, the truth lies elsewhere but has been forgotten.
The sheer wake of Arab propaganda has destroyed truth. Israel occupied no “Palestine” in 1967.
It fought a war against Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.
History has been rewritten to make Israel an occupier of “Palestinian” land, and everyone acts accordingly.
The story of 1967 should be made clear to the world. It is not too late. There are people alive who remember that year.
I suggest that we in Israel have an obligation to state the facts.
Then maybe there will be a chance that Mr. Lynk will not cover up for the United Nation’s simple hatred of Israel.
After the latest exercise in stupidity and insanity exhibited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in denying the connection of Judaism to the Temple Mount, and in light of all the other insulting and demeaning resolutions passed by other UN-affiliated bodies and committees, perhaps it’s time to invoke a remark made by the late, great Groucho Marx, who said something along the lines of “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.”
Enough said.
I have it on good authority that the next Arab-sponsored proposition to be discussed before UNESCO is: We hereby recognize that the Prophet Musa led the Children of Palestine out of Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land.
The mere thought
Nimrod Goren, an Israeli policy wonk, looks forward to President Barack Obama updating the Clinton Parameters for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs (“The benefits of ‘Obama parameters,’” Comment & Features, October 27). I shudder at the thought.
Goren looks forward to a “new international architecture to advance the peace process.” Is he alluding to something like UNESCO or the UN Human Rights Commission? Or, equally bad, the EU? These groups excel at maligning Israel and attacking its legitimacy.
Judging by the last eight years, Israel will have much to worry about when President Obama again opines on Israel and “peace.” I doubt the incoming president would want to be saddled with parameters that probably would undermine Israel’s existence as the Jewish state.
STEVE KRAMER Alfei Menashe Not too late So Myrna Shiboleth is being unjustly evicted by our government, which, after ignoring her for 42 years, has now decided that she is an unconscionable trespasser (“Historic Sha’ar Hagai kennels to shut down,” October 31). The rule of law must be respected! Myrna’s big mistake is not being a “Palestinian.” If she were, the government would simply and judiciously ignore her, as it does thousands of illegal Arab and Beduin squatters. If she were a Palestinian and the government went ahead anyway, her squatting would be vigorously defended by Haaretz, Meretz, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, Peace Now, Rabbis for Human Rights and B’Tselem.
It’s not too late to convert, Myrna, and claim discrimination!
Lagging memory
In “Rome emphasizes ties to Israel and Holocaust remembrance” (October 31), you report that Italian President Sergio Mattarella warned that “loss of memory creates the risk of repeating mistakes.”
In the News in Brief section on Page 4 in the same issue, you refer to Beit Umar, Jerusalem, Hebron, the Beduin village of Hura, Beersheba, Ariel, east Jerusalem, Petah Tikva and Nablus.
But you also refer to Karmei Tzur, which, with no factual legal basis, is negatively designated “a settlement north of Hebron.”
The Jerusalem Post has yet to clarify the definition of “settlement,” a term used daily, to our great detriment, by the world.
You need to fully restore your memory about our permanent connection to our liberated sites.
More postal blues
Referring to ongoing complaints about the appalling postal system in Israel, it is not just Jerusalem that is suffering from delayed or lost items.
The owner of the repair shop that fixed the bodywork of my car after an accident a couple of months ago very kindly accepted a post-dated check pending payment to me by my insurance company. To my embarrassment, he is now (understandably) anxious to get the money even though my insurance agent assures me that the check was sent from his office in Haifa to my home in the same city during the first week in October.
I promised to inquire with the post office and discovered that one cannot just call up the branch that handles one’s mail – one has to call a central information number: 171.
A recorded message offers the option of responding to voice recognition or using a smart phone to receive an application, which will then give access to information about delayed or missing items. I opted for voice recognition – which was met with total silence and an end of the call.
I then used my smartphone to request the application and was informed I would receive an SMS with details of the application. A few moments later, I received the SMS and clicked the link provided.
I was then given the option of a “chat,” but when I clicked for that, a message came up on my screen saying that as there were so many previous requests for this application, I should try again later. I attempted this at least five times, with the same result.
Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to think he is omnipotent and has to control so many ministries, including that overseeing communications, I suggest that he immediately appoint a minister with professional experience who can make it possible for Israeli citizens to receive and send mail efficiently.
And please: Replace the postbox on the street outside my house!
Worth waiting for
Several years ago, I, along with 10 others, was honored by the Israel Bonds organization. We were all generous and consistent purchasers of bonds.
The event honoring us took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Manalapan, Florida. Shimon Peres was the speaker. He had not slept for 36 hours and had just flown in from Israel after non-stop meetings.
The honorees, including me, were to report to a special room to receive our medals from Mr.
Peres. I could not find the room.
Finally, in the tradition of my ancestors, I wandered into the correct room. All of the other honorees had already gathered in another room. I was the last honoree, and the last medal was visible on a table.
Mr. Peres was sitting on a chair next to the table, patiently waiting for me. There we were – Shimon Peres, I and the medal – all by ourselves. He was waiting just for me, as he had already completed the ceremony.
All I can say is: What a man! What a Jew!
Boca Raton, Florida