Letters

One-Sided Critique

09/17/2014
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“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.

Giving For Israel

09/17/2014
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Although Jonathan Mark’s article about informal donations to the IDF during
the Gaza War was a critique, it brought a smile to my face (“Buddy, Can You Spare Some Socks?” Aug. 29).

Absurd Proposal

09/17/2014
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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.  

No Military Solution

09/17/2014
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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.

Bad Timing

09/17/2014
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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.

No Two-State Solution

09/17/2014
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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.

Kudos To Netanyahu

09/17/2014
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Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s Sept. 12 column, “Israel Land Grab, More Than Bad Timing,” I am not one those supporters who cringed upon hearing [of Israel’s claim on nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank], I was delirious with joy.

Not A Land Grab

09/17/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt is mistaken to refer to the Israeli designation of 988 acres of land in the Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem as a “grab,” nor does this drive “another nail into the fading prospect of a peace deal with the Palestinians” (“Israel’s West Bank Grab, More Than Bad Timing,” Sep. 12).

Undermining Abbas

09/10/2014
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Congratulations, you hit the nail on the head with that [page 1] headline, “Cease-Fire Hinges On Strength Of Abbas” (Aug. 29).

Liberals Opening Their Eyes

09/10/2014
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Ted Merwin came close to recognizing the problem, but missed the point in his essay, “The End Of Jewish Liberalism?” (Aug. 29)

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