Let’s face it: After the stillbirth of Secretary John Kerry’s efforts to obtain a two-state solution, cynical Israelis and Palestinians, along with much of the world, reacted with a collective shrug. Whatever euphoria existed during the Rabin years is long gone, and with Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian unilateral actions at the United Nations and International Criminal Court, the two-state solution seems almost impossible.
Regarding your well-written article, “Landmark Day For Flatbush Conservative Synagogue” (Dec. 19): The history of the East Midwood Jewish Center is woefully incomplete without the mention of Rabbi Harry Halperin. Rabbi Halperin was, in many ways, the catalyst who shepherded the growth of the EMJC in its “glory days.”
Regarding “Defending Dershowitz, To A Fault?” (Jan. 16), I have known Alan Dershowitz for many years. Although we disagree on some fundamental Israel issues, Dershowitz is surely a sincere, passionate, and heartfelt Zionist who loves Israel. There is no more outspoken and eloquent advocate for Israel’s security.
It’s clear that by agreeing to House Speaker John Boehner’s offer to address a joint session of Congress on March 3, a precedent-breaking move in defiance of the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has made a calculated risk.