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08/02/2011 | | Letters

Your editorial (‘How Obama Can Assure Israelis,’ July 8) argues that the crux of the problem in making peace is the “Palestinians’ refusal to recognize a Jewish state in the region” and that the U.S. must demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) drop the so-called “right of return” and abrogate its unity government agreement with Hamas.

Vitally important as these things are, this is deeply inadequate.

08/02/2011 | | Letters

Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for mapping out a more ideal approach to Israel advocacy (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” Between The Lines, July 22). He correctly diagnoses the problem of emphasizing “hasbara” while downplaying or even ignoring Israel education in general. Without a connection to the land of Israel and the State of Israel, advocates are left bereft of any core personal investment in the country.

08/02/2011 | | Letters

Education before advocacy (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” Between The Lines, July 22) sounds reasonable. But look at what is defined as education — “what Israel can and should be,” emphasis of the “facts” and Israel as a “work in progress” which “must maintain standards of pluralism, tolerance and morality held dear by American Jews.”

08/02/2011 | | Letters

Hella Winston’s coverage of Leiby Keltzky’s z’l abduction was not on a par with the caliber of article one expects from The Jewish Week. Her insinuation regarding Shomrim (an organization that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described in laudatory terms) and her mistaken and unsubstantiated claim of the killer being acquainted with Leiby lead me to question the accuracy of your reporter.

 

08/02/2011 | | Letters

Shomrim under scrutiny? Only by the increasingly anti-Orthodox Jewish Week. Indeed, it was vulgar for The Jewish Week to attack the Borough Park community as they were sitting shiva for a murdered 8-year-old (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22).

08/02/2011 | | Letters

In his letter to The Jewish Week (“Koch Off Base,” July 29), Richard H. Schwartz comments: “Like most U.S Jews and many Israeli and security experts, Obama recognizes that a just, sustainable, comprehensive two-state solution is essential in order for Israel to avoid another intifada...”