In your December 13 editorial, “Misplaced frugality,” you criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for declining to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa. In fact, today’s South Africa has one of the world’s highest murder rates, and violence is endemic in that society. In reading between the lines, I would guess that security would have to have been a major concern, if not the major concern. For Mr. Netanyahu to insist on bringing his own sizable security contingent would, no doubt, have been rejected by the government of South Africa as “insulting,” for implying that they were unable to provide adequate security.
Therefore, I can’t blame Mr. Netanyahu for not going. If I were in his shoes, I would have done the same.