Letters week of June 24, 2010



Do We Really Think Israel Is Losing the P.R. War?

I take exception to Gary Wexler's June 17 piece, "Public Relations 101: Who's Coming Up with Straight A's?" It states that Israel is losing the P.R. war, and the other side is winning.

Can anyone really believe the Palestinians are winning? They elected the intransigent, extremist, theocratic Hamas to govern Gaza, and the leaders in the Palestinian Authority have repeatedly rejected peaceful co-existence.

Israel, with one hand tied behind its back, is the "start-up nation" — an energetic democracy with a tremendous sense of tikkun olam worldwide, creating high-tech products and techniques that they share with the entire world.

Here are the facts on the ground: Israel is winning hands down, and has invited the Palestinians to share in this wealth and spirit. The response for the last 62 years has been that the Palestinians would rather spend their energy attempting to destroy Israel, rather than build a positive society. I'd say they are the losers.

Lee Bender

Mossad Fumbled the Ball When It Came to Flotilla

I am deeply disappointed in Israel and its response to the flotilla that attempted to break the blockade of Gaza.

I do agree with the purpose of the blockade. Israel has every right to prevent the distribution of weapons to Hamas. We had a blockade of Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis. They are completely legitimate and recognized by international law.

The flotilla refused to enter Ashdod port to be searched for hidden weapons. The only conclusion to be made is that these "peaceful" activists were looking to provoke an incident as a ploy to break the blockade.

What disappointed me was the apparent lack of intelligence concerning the agenda of the flotilla. Where was the Mossad, the intelligence agency that gave us Entebbe, the destruction of the Syrian nuclear facilities, the hunting down of the Munich assassins and many other coups? The Mossad should have known the aim of the perpetrators, which was to create an incident, and injure or kill some Israeli soldiers.

Israel had every right to stop and board the Turkish ship. But its soldiers should have been warned ahead of time as to what they might encounter.

Dr. Harry Kaiserman
Margate, N.J.

There's a Far Better Way to Help Free Gilad Shalit

Your June 17 editorial, "A Resonant Anniversary," while laudable, provides no useful suggestion as to how to free Gilad Shalit from captivity by Hamas. Unfortunately, the current Israeli policy of allowing even more aid to enter Gaza in an effort to appease world opinion will achieve neither that objective nor free Shalit.

A better policy would be to halt all aid to Gaza, humanitarian or otherwise.

Israel should allow nothing to cross the border — no water, no electricity, no food, no medicine, no anything — unless and until Shalit is released.

Hamas would then hold the key to unlock the door.

Let the world know that all Hamas needs to do is release one man in exchange for food, water and other aid.

Howard Lurie
King of Prussia

Temple Comes Through for a Local Professional

Robert Leiter's review of Temple University: 125 Years of Service to Philadelphia, the Nation, and the World (Books & Authors, June 17) resonated with me. I, too, had substandard SAT scores and was told to consider a local community college, rather than a four-year university. Nevertheless, I applied to Temple and was accepted.

Temple's history includes a willingness to take risks on students like me. Many of us graduated and have become productive members of society, owing a huge debt of gratitude to the university founded by Russell H. Conwell 125 years ago.

Bill Cosby was featured in a popular TV ad campaign that ended with the slogan, "They could have gone anywhere, but they chose Temple."

The truth is that many young people could not have gone elsewhere. We were given an opportunity for a college education by Temple, and as a result, our lives have been enriched immeasurably.

Eric S. Cantor, D.D.S.


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