Distracting the readers attention
In response to Gasbags (Nehemia Shtrasler, June 4)
In order to supply enough gas for domestic needs for 25 years, the Leviathan field has to be developed. Tamar alone doesnt have enough. To develop Leviathan, its necessary to invest $3.5 billion in a deep-sea pumping station and a pipeline to carry the gas to northern Israel. But nobody will invest a huge sum like this in Leviathan if the gas can only be used for domestic needs; domestic sales simply wont cover the expense. In other words, its essential to export if we want to have enough gas for our own needs, too.
It is difficult to fault the above clear, logical explanation, so why all the stuff about deep hatred and desire for vengeance? Is it really true, as the writer states, that the hatred is stronger than any logical argument. The demonstrators are against any successful individual?
This is certainly not the first time Shtrasler has used such strong language in criticizing people whose opinions differ from his own. I am all for outspoken argument, but Shtraslers extreme language only serves to distract the readers attention from the point he is endeavoring to make. So senior a journalist ought to know how to conduct a civilized debate.
Typical callous view on Arabs
In response to How Israel talks about its Bedouin problem (Amon Beeri-Sulitzeanu, June 4)
The writer claims the police gave disservice to the mother of two murdered girls in the Negev because she was an abused Bedouin mother. In fact Abir Dandis, the mother, was not a Negev Bedouin, she was a Palestinian non-Bedouin from Azariya, near Jerusalem. That Mr. Sulitzeanu attempts to change her identity to fit his neatly crafted narrative illustrates a similar discrimination as employed by the police at Arad. According to Haaretzs own reporting, the police did not respond to her complaints because she was a Palestinian from the West Bank and they told her, Youre a Palestinian, go to the Coordination Office. Beeri-Sulitzeanus inattention to this detail reveals the typical callous view in Israel on the left and right about Arabs, whose identity is changed at the whim of the author to fit a narrative, without bothering to respect the individuals identity. Abir Dandis is a human being, a Palestinian one at that, not an abused Bedouin mother.
Seth J. Frantzman
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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