Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Painful Path Toward Relocating Settlers” (Dec. 17) includes several assumptions that need to be challenged.
One is that Jews need to be uprooted from the heartland of the Land of Israel; from Hebron, Beit El, The City of David, Har Bracha, so that there can be created a Palestinian state without a Jewish minority. And that Arabs may remain in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, etc., and peace will follow.
Rabbi David Ellenson ("Rabbis' Ban Of Renting To Arabs Must Be Condemned,” Opinion, Dec. 17) and the rest of the politically correct crowd are whining and making a big deal about a ruling signed by 49 Israeli rabbis. Without going into the merits, I would like to note: this is a ruling signed by a handful of rabbis and condemned by the Israeli government. It certainly is not Israeli law.
In contrast to this, it is Palestinian law not to sell real estate to Jews, under penalty of death.
Has Rabbi Ellenson condemned that?
Eeman Abuasi of the Palestinian Club condemns future generations of Israelis and Palestinians to fighting by the so-called anti-normalization stance. (“Anti-Israel Rhetoric Raises Alarms At Brooklyn College,” Dec. 17)
I am deeply disturbed by a couple of recent articles in The Jewish Week that examine the views of American Jews toward Israel. First, Peter Beinart expresses a viewpoint in his interview with Eric Herschthal (“Liberal Zionism’s Champion,” Nov. 26) that is far from the liberal Zionism he claims to ascribe to. Mr. Beinart claims Israel is not a democracy outside the 1967 borders. However, Israel has no military presence in Gaza, and its military presence in the West Bank is necessary for the protection of Jews living in it.
I have always found Gary Rosenblatt’s columns to be informative, well reasoned and sound. Unfortunately, his Dec. 10 column, “Why I Don’t Share Beinart's Pessimism,” is a disappointment in that it leaves out the horrendous details of Israel's occupation.
The pro-Israel American community and decades of Israeli propaganda have set very narrow parameters of what the American media can report on Israel.
Rabbi Zierler's excellent letter ("Pull The Plug on Gap Year In Israel," Nov. 26) brought to mind the forums on the post-high school year in Israel held at Mount Airy Lodge (in the Poconos) during the years when there was a Passover program at that hotel. Although my daughter was at the time too young to spend a year in Israel, I attended these forums because I observed that the "gap year" had become de rigueur, and I questioned whether, for a variety of reasons, all Jewish teens should devote a year to intensive study in Israel.