Palestinian Intransigence

04/27/2016 - 09:56

I don’t doubt that President Obama will, once again, try to ram a “solution” down Israel’s throat (“The Sorry State Of The Two-State Solution,” Editor’s column, April 22). Having left the Middle East in flames, under the shadow of an Iranian mushroom cloud, setting off another intifada (or worse) would be an apt conclusion to his various forays into foreign relations.

Biden’s J Street Comments

04/27/2016 - 09:36

Joe Biden’s recent criticism of the Israeli government reflects a now-familiar pattern with the Obama administration (“Ominous Signs,” Editorial, April 22).

Hypocrisy On NYU BDS Push

04/27/2016 - 09:34

I suggest the Jewish students and Israel fight back by pointing out that Abu
Dhabi, another global partner for NYU, flogs its people for alcohol
consumption and premarital sex (“BDS Move At NYU.

Ignoring Israel’s Successes

04/20/2016 - 09:01

Daniel Sokatch’s essay (“The ‘Smear’ With The Hebrew Accent,” April 8) reads like a New Israel Fund (NIF) fundraising article: exaggerate the threats to its progressive agenda in appealing to its anti-Netanyahu fundraising base. In particular, Sokatch claimed that the Netanyahu coalition has pursued policies “further marginalizing Israel’s Arab minority.” Sokatch ignored the ongoing efforts to advance occupationally and educationally the Arab minority. These efforts have resulted in Arab enrollment at Technion reaching over 20 percent, enabling Nazareth to become a large hub for high-tech. It ignored the ongoing efforts in the Bedouin Negev to improve the education and employment of Arab women.

Defends RCA

04/20/2016 - 09:00

Recent Letters to the Editor by leaders of the Open Orthodox movement (April 15) argue
that there is a need for PORAT, the new organization presenting itself as
Modern Orthodox, due to the exclusion of PORAT’s projected constituency
from institutional Modern Orthodoxy, as represented by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and other
organs. These letters criticize the RCA for denying admittance to some people
based on their institutional affiliations (i.e., the rabbinical schools they
attended), and they castigate the RCA for not catering to those who have
identified with groups that have adopted certain religious innovations.

‘The Times’ Is To Blame

04/20/2016 - 08:58

Former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs Jodi Rudoren and Ethan Bronner described the criticisms they receive from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gary Rosenblatt’s report on the “Israel and the Media” conference at Brandeis University (“How Does The Media Cover Israel?” Between The Lines, April 8).

‘Brief’ Too Short

04/13/2016 - 09:22

I respectfully believe the Jewish Telegraphic Agency News Brief you carried (“40 Columbia Profs Sign BDS Petition,” March 4) was too brief. It lacked context in two important respects. It did not say how many professors did not sign the petition. Secondly, the piece referred to all the allegations of the anti-Semites who signed the petition without at least correcting their misstatements of facts.

Going Too Far

04/13/2016 - 09:21

“What we are seeing in Israel today is McCarthyism, with a Hebrew accent.” This comment came not from the mouth of an Iranian fanatic but from the CEO of the New Israel Fund, Daniel Sokatch. (“The ‘Smear’ With The Hebrew Accent,” Opinion, April 8).

On Applause For Trump

04/13/2016 - 09:13

Though I was not at the recent AIPAC national policy conference, I was disappointed to hear that Donald Trump received applause and more. (“Off-Script, Trump Forces Rare AIPAC Rebuke,” March 25.)

Sanders’ Mideast Dream

04/13/2016 - 09:12

It is easy to understand why the only candidate to forgo the AIPAC conference was Sen. Bernie Sanders when one looks at the divorced-from-reality speech he would have given.

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