“Israel today,” Jeremy Ben-Ami tells us in “Liberal Zionism and Its Discontents” (Opinion, Sept. 12), “falls far short of fulfilling the dreams of its founders in all respects.” In a one-sentence tour de force Mr. Ben-Ami thus writes off Israel’s 66 years of astonishing accomplishment.
One lesson stands out after reading “Chasing the Diplomatic Horizon” by Joshua Mitnick (Sept 5). The situation is not hopeful but there is still a possibility to revive the peace process and come to a permanent, stable resolution between Israel and Palestine.
Your Editorial, “A Palestinian State in Israel” (Sept. 12), both shocks and offends me. In truth, Arafat was a murderer whose hand had indeed pulled many “triggers.” Also true is that the Arabs never have, and never will accept any Israel. This absurd proposal should never be welcomed, as you suggested. I thought that I was reading The Jewish Week, not The New York Times.
Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Israel West Bank Grab, More Than Bad Timing” (Sept. 12):
No one suggests Israel give up the West Bank or portions thereof in an agreeable swap of land unless Israel’s right to exist is accepted by all the Arab countries and there is a commitment to get rid of Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Until that occurs, however, it is counterproductive and it makes no sense for Israel to pursue a provocative policy of enlarging settlements in the area. Gary Rosenblatt is correct to state the recent claim to about 1,000 acres in the West Bank is bad timing and raises questions about the Netanyahu government’s commitment to a two-state solution.
Regarding “Israel’s Land Grab, More Than Bad Timing” (Sept. 12): Is Gary Rosenblatt kidding? Is he still living in the fantasyland of a two-state solution? It is incredulous that after three Israeli boys were kidnapped and murdered by West Bank Palestinians, which then turned into the war, that there are actually people who still think some sort of compromise can be worked out with people who want all Jews dead.