According to Gary Rosenblatt, most Gazans are “the victims of circumstance” and “virtual prisoners of Hamas,” which he blames on Hamas for initiating a war against Israel (“10 Lessons From The Gaza War,” Aug. 22).
Gary Rosenblatt’s excellent synopsis on the status quo deserves much praise (“10 Lessons From The Gaza War,” Aug. 22).
One can surely question why Israeli representatives over the years did not make use of the Hamas Covenant, with its blatant anti-Semitism. How does one negotiate with a party whose declared position is to destroy you?
Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), is the most lucid description of the state of affairs I’ve seen in weeks. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We continue to pray.
I hope the rabbi’s assessment of the moderates is spot on. Hopefully they do not cave under pressure of the extremists. In the past few days it has become apparent that this is a war against humanity.
The heart of Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), can be found, in my opinion, in the last paragraph, next to the last sentence, which reads, “Without a doubt, it is high time for the Muslims marching and even rioting in the streets of Paris and London to take a sober lesson from the playbook of their fellow Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.”.
One would think that some of the slogans and simplistic formulations tossed about by some of your readers in their Letters would have finally fallen into oblivion after recent events in Gaza and Israel.
Jerome Chanes in his Opinion piece, “Has Israel Lost Its Moral Balance?” (Aug. 15), sounds like Norman Finkelstein lite. Finkelstein argues that in their murder of Palestinian women, children and men in Gaza, the Israelis have gone mad. Chanes maintains that they are simply unfeeling, and not very different than Hamas.