Gary Rosenblatt’s thoughtful and incisive comments on “Israel’s West Bank Grab” (Sept. 12) resonated with all of us who cringed, as he did, at the diplomatic arrogance of Israel’s claim and the timing of its announcement.
In reference Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Israel’s West Bank Grab: More Than Bad Timing” (Sept. 12), I’d like to add another dimension that relates to what Israel should do, as opposed to what it shouldn’t do. The status quo in the long run is not sustainable, both in terms of maintaining Israel as a homeland for the Jewish People and in terms of the increasing global challenges that Israel confronts.
I read with interest Israel Correspondent Joshua Mitnick’s article on Unit 8200 IDF objectors who signed a letter withdrawing their services from the military (“Turning Their Backs On The Israeli Army,” Sept. 19). How to explain such behavior?
Reading Israel correspondent Joshua Mitnick’s “Turning Their Backs On The Israeli Army” (Sept. 19), as an Israeli who served in the army, I can’t help but think: Who else is supposed to speak up about the danger to Israel from the perpetual occupation of the West Bank but those who work within it? Who else will raise the red flags about what is done in the name of Israeli citizens under the military occupation if not the men and women we trust with security?
Executive Vice President and CEO, Jewish Communal Fund
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In “Questions Over Outpouring of Gaza War Philanthropy” (Sept. 12), staff writer Hannah Dreyfus wonders whether the surge in giving to Israel during Operation Protective Edge came at the cost of giving to other causes. Here at Jewish Communal Fund (JCF), the largest and most active Jewish donor-advised fund in the country, we have not found that to be the case. In fact, giving to other causes increased 24 percent as compared to the same period the previous year. We imagine that as our donors went online to make their grants to Israel-focused campaigns, it was easy enough to make additional grants to their favorite charities.
“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.