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03/01/2011 | | Letters

Having followed Rep. Peter King’s distinguished congressional service, I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with Jewish critics who would categorize his committee’s hearings on domestic Islamic terrorism as un-American or McCarthy-like (“Are Peter King’s Hearings Un-American?” Feb. 18).

It is naïve and shortsighted for Jewish clergy, of all people, to ignore or liberally whitewash the clear and present danger facing America and the Jewish community in particular from Islamic fanaticism.

03/01/2011 | | Letters

As someone who often finds himself identifying with a conservative point of view on both social and political issues, I want to support John Ruskay’s Opinion piece, “Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent” (Feb. 18). I have been living in Israel for several months each year, beginning six years ago, and I read “religiously” both the left-wing Haaretz and the centrist Jerusalem Post every day. I often find this a painful process, given the opposing positions one finds daily in each paper.

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Once again, John Ruskay has demonstrated that he is not only an extraordinarily effective organizational leader, but a profound and courageous thinker (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Opinion, Feb. 18). The stridency that he points to, that unwillingness to hear those who disagree with us, characterizes not only discourse about Israel in America, but Israeli discourse about the future of the Jewish state as well.

03/01/2011 | | Letters

While I have great respect for John Ruskay as a communal leader, I have concerns with his suggestion that “a big tent” is what is needed to combat anti-Israel actions (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Feb. 18).

The question not addressed is “are there any limits?” We all recognize that everyone is entitled to his or her own view. However, when we speak of Jewish organizations that represent

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I strongly agree with John Ruskay’s spirited call for maintaining a “big tent” of Jewish opinion on Israel that can hold the line against those who would question our very right to live as a free people in our own democratic Jewish state (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Opinion, Feb. 18).

03/01/2011 | | Letters

John Ruskay’s Opinion piece (“Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent,” Feb. 18) demonstrates the kind of thoughtful and courageous leadership so sorely needed in the Jewish community.