As an "opinion piece", my blog gets no priority from Haaretz on publishing the comments by readers. What happens is that on the first day of publication, very few comments are being published, the Talkback people realize this and stop reading, so few comments are added. The result is very little feedback, and I remain in the dark of night regarding my influence on readers' thoughts. A comparison with the number of published comments on Mr. Burston's articles may be "illuminating", since Burston and I write on similar topics and share the same political views. There are usually many more responses to Burston's than to my articles. Why is that? Is the Burston style so much better? The obvious answer is that the number of comments has little to do with quality. Mr. Burston is right there in the Haaretz building, and the moderators respond to his needs. If they don't, he does it himself. So I am telling Haaretz right now: Get your act together and pay me more attention, or I will quit this discriminatory system. Let Burston double the number of articles he writes.
2 Turkish security personnel killed, 24 wounded by Kurdish suicide bomb in eastern Turkey (Reuters)