Letters

Giving Increase For Israel And Others

09/24/2014
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.

Clear Choice

09/24/2014
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To paraphrase President Lincoln, Israel is the country of the Jews, by the
Jews and for us Jews (“I Have The Right To Love Who I Love,” Sept. 19).

A Test Of Values

09/24/2014
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After I read Orli Santo’s article, “I Have The Right To Love Who I Love” (Sept 19), I did not quite understand the point. 

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.

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