May 1, 2018: Taiwan and China

My dream is for all Jewish children to know the words of “Shema Yisrael.”

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
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Taiwan and China
In response to a letter titled “China raising tensions” (April 25), I should point out that the writer seems to have intended to mislead or confuse the public.
There is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China; that is the political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. The current local authority headed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan has been destroying this foundation, obstructing cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation and producing hostility between the two sides of the Strait. “Taiwan independence” separatist activities are the biggest real threat to cross-Strait peace and stability.
The recent exercise by China Air Force was directed at “Taiwan independence” elements and their separatist activities, and meant to preserve peace and stability in the region. We have great sincerity to promote the peaceful cross-Strait relations, and also have strong will, full confidence and sufficient ability to defeat separatist attempts for “Taiwan independence” in any form, and safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Spokesman of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the State of Israel
Tel Aviv
Spotlight on Olmert
With regard to “Olmert: Israel can’t destroy Iran’s nukes” (April 30) and the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York, I fail to understand why the Jerusalem Post gives a podium to an ex-con failed politician like Ehud Olmert.
In the name of who-knows-what dubious interest, the Post gives him a forum at its prestigious confab for pursuing his personal vendettas against the prime minister – and against the whole State of Israel. As if this man hasn’t done us enough harm, ruining the Jerusalem skyline for his personal gain, launching a fruitless ill-prepared war in Lebanon and allowing the Palestinians to think they can get everything they want without any concession on their part, he now publicly undermines Israel’s deterrence vis a vis Iran.
When Israel locked up Mordechai Vanunu and virtually threw away the key, we showed that we knew how to deal with people who were privy to sensitive national security information and betrayed that trust; now we fete them? MAX BLACKSTON Jerusalem I, too, have a dream In the article “Lauder: Diaspora Jewry becoming more disconnected from Israel” (April 30), World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder states, “My dream is for all Jewish children to know words to Hatikva.”
My dream is for all Jewish children to know the words of “Shema Yisrael.”
For the young Jewish generation to feel a connection to the State of Israel, they should feel a connection to the Jewish people. “Shema Yisrael” certainly has connected one to the Jewish people throughout the generations.
The clock is ticking
Regarding “Netanyahu reveals secret Iranian nuclear program” (May 1), the American Jewish Congress is very concerned by the emerging allegations that Iran historically continued to expand its nuclear weapons program and may continue to do so, despite its claims otherwise.
The Iranian regime is growing bolder and more dangerous, with catastrophic potential consequences for the region and the world. We opposed the Iran deal at the time and would be happy to be proven wrong, but there are worrying signs that Iran has been less than honest with the international community.
The 10-year period after which the nuclear program can be resumed is fast approaching. As US President Trump said today, it is “not acceptable” that in seven years Iran will be free to pursue its nuclear program.
The revelations by Netanyahu show that Trump may have been right regarding this horrible agreement. As the expiry of the waiver on sanctions against the Iranian regime draws near, the AJC echoes Netanyahu in calling on Trump to do the right thing for the US, for Israel and for the peace of the world.”
President, American Jewish Congress
Verifying yeshiva attendance
With regard to “Gafni slams plan to verify yeshiva attendance (May 1), Why should the yeshivot be treated differently from other educational institutions? I worked several years ago at Machon Pardes in Jerusalem. Every year there was at least one surprise visit from the authorities to verify the number of students registered and the number of students attending classes. When you request financial support from various bodies, these bodies are surely entitled to ensure the appropriate and designated use of their money. The surprise visits were a little scary, but when you have nothing to hide, you don’t need to worry. Why is Moshe Gafni so worried?
Why should you and I (taxpayers) have to pay for foreign yeshiva students studying in Israel – never mind the fictitious ones?
Letters to the editor
Regarding your notification in the Letters column on April 30, I am appalled by your decision to decimate the column, a feature of your newspaper that the Anglo Saxon community literally reveres.
What is the explanation for what seems a crass decision, given that its popularity was so high?
Response: The Jerusalem Post highly values its historic and long-standing connection with its community of readers, and it is important to us, as always, to receive and publish their feedback on the broad range of issues that are important to them.
Accordingly, the Letters column will appear twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays. We appreciate and are grateful to our readers for their understanding and support in light of the challenges we face as we endeavor to continue to bring you the most accurate and most interesting investigative reporting possible.