Letters to the Editor: Fluoride, a Two-state Solution and a Deadly Clash in a Bedouin Town

New police video raises question about alleged car-ramming attack by Bedouin
New police video raises question about alleged car-ramming attack by Bedouin

Investigate the fluoridation of Israel’s water

How are we, Israel’s inhabitants, affected by the quality of water that our health authorities are supplying to us? One of the first things our present health minister did was to add fluoride to our water, due to this chemical’s alleged health benefits.

Does that mean that Israel’s inhabitants were deprived of those benefits while our former government was in power? Since every one of Israel’s seven million inhabitants is dependent on the quality of our country’s water supply, it seems this highly controversial topic deserves a serious investigation. 

Yehudit Feuer
Jerusalem

Why the two-state solution is impossible today

The two-state solution sounds like a reasonable approach to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The following slightly modified application of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner Robert Aumann’s Agreement Theorem is a valid illustration of why the two-state solution is not possible today.

Two men are placed in a locked room with a box containing $100,000. They are told that if they can agree on how to split the money, they will share the agreed-upon amount.

No. 1 says this is the easiest $50,000 I have every received.

No. 2 says I want the whole $100,000 amount because I have known the donor for many years, and you have just met him. The only reason why you were chosen was because your great-greatgrandfather and the donor’s great-greatgrandfather were very close friends.

They argue for an hour but cannot reach agreement, because No. 2 will not change his mind about the whole $100,000.

The echo of gentleman No. 2 is in every Palestinian document, such as the PLO Charter, the Hamas Charter, the Fatah Constitution and practically every Palestinian writing in Arabic. Palestinian television programs, textbooks and newspapers also consistently follow gentleman No. 2’s thinking. Please try to find one Palestinian Arabic example of sharing one grain of sand with Israel.

This is not my opinion; these are facts readily available to all. Just type Palestinian Media Watch into an internet search engine and you will find a constant stream of English translations of what I have stated above.

William K. Langfan
New York, New York

Needed: An inquiry committee

In response to “Bedouin man, police officer killed in violent clash in Bedouin town” (January 19).

The short video filmed in the predawn darkness from a helicopter raises questions about what happened at Umm al-Hiran, and these questions are strengthened in light of photos that show the impact of bullets on the right side of the vehicle. From that side it’s clear that at least one policeman shot when the vehicle was driving slowly. In the photo of the damaged vehicle one can see a hole, whose location can lead one to assume that the bullet could have hit the driver, Yakub Abu al-Kiyan, in the upper body.

The remarks by the police commissioner regarding activities in support of the Islamic State in the school in which al-Kiyan taught are misleading incitement, as are other things that the police publicized, ignoring the shooting at the vehicle when it was moving slowly, while making the baseless claims about Kiyan’s links to ISIS. 

Only an investigative committee made up of people who aren’t connected to the police or dependent on the government – a committee headed by a judge – can determine the truth, which is crucial to the coexistence of Jews and Arabs in the State of Israel. This committee would have to answer a long list of questions, the major ones being: Did the driver intend to run people over? Was this intent created after police fired on the ramming vehicle, or was there no intent to ram anyone at any stage?

Here are some more: What happened before the shooting? Why did Kiyan leave his house in the vehicle? Can the findings in the vehicle tell us anything? Why did the police shoot when the vehicle was moving slowly? Was the fire aimed at the driver, the vehicle’s tires, or in the air? What happened after the shooting? What can be concluded from a ballistic examination of the car damage and the wounds to the driver’s body? Was the driver alive when he was stopped? What was the driver’s condition when the car was blocked and can this explain the acceleration?

Amiram Goldblum
Tel Aviv

The message from Uncle Sam

Did those in the Prime Minister’s Residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street hear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new best friend, Donald Trump, say, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost?” and “The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country?” 
Could it be that this is the message Uncle Sam has for Jerusalem?

Yehuda Yariv
Tel Aviv