Editorial & Opinion

J Street Conference


As one of the 2,400 participants at the recent J Street conference in Washington, I was distressed to see that your article on this inspiring conference (“J Street Copes With Its Left Flank At Conference,” JTA, March 4) was filled with highly selective and skewed quotes and overgeneralizations.

All In The Family


As someone who often finds himself identifying with a conservative point of view on both social and political issues, I want to support John Ruskay’s opinion piece, “Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent” (Feb. 18). I have been living in Israel for several months each year, beginning six years ago, and I read “religiously” both the left-wing Haaretz and the centrist Jerusalem Post every day. I often find this a painful process, given the opposing positions one finds daily in each paper.

Enough Of Compromises


The editorial entitled, “A Good Veto At the UN” (Feb. 25) is misleading and disturbing. You encourage your readers to be thankful to President Barack Obama for vetoing a UN anti-Israel resolution that would have condemned Israeli “settlements” as illegal. Every American president has exercised the veto in the strongly anti-American and anti-Israel Security Council, where 14 members supported the PA resolution, presented by Lebanon. This is what one does for its only democratic ally in the Middle East.

Failure To Report


The article about Ohel’s alleged failures to report child abuse raises issues of great concern regarding the safety of children and illegality (“Abuse Case Tests Ohel’s Adherence To Reporting Laws,” Feb. 25).

Ohel Not To Blame


As regards your article entitled, “Abuse Case Tests Ohel’s Adherence To Reporting Laws” (Feb. 25), I would like to convey what I believe is an egregious assertion by The Jewish Week.

You assert that Ohel has put children at serious risk “by treating known sexual abusers who have not been reported to law enforcement and whose proclivities are protected from being made public by confidentiality laws, should they drop out of treatment.”

This is seemingly malicious.

Hearings Un-American?


Having followed Rep. Peter King’s distinguished congressional service, I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with Jewish critics who would categorize his committee’s hearings on domestic Islamic terrorism as un-American or McCarthy like (“Are Peter King’s Hearings Un-American?” Feb. 18).

It is naïve and shortsighted for Jewish clergy, of all people, to ignore or liberally whitewash the clear and present danger facing America and the Jewish community in particular from Islamic fanaticism.

Tough Love Needed


The many views expressed from the left to the right as to what the current “unrest in the Middle East” means for Israeli-Palestinian peace omit the most important lesson to be learned (again) about the region: The status quo, which is comfortable one day, can be upended the next (“Mideast Unrest Hardening Positions In Community,” Feb. 18).

Recent (Turkey) and older (Iran) events in the Middle East should also show Israel that allies can pull away or even become antagonists.

The Heart Of The Sacrifice

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:40 p.m.
Torah reading: Lev. 1:1-5:26
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Shabbat ends: 6:39 p.m.

“And God called to Moses, and spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any man of you brings an offering to God, you shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd or of the flock’” [Leviticus 1:1-2].

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Threats To Israeli Democracy

Special To The Jewish Week

The irony is as painful as it is obvious: while democracy is spreading in the Arab world, in Israel, “the only democracy in the Middle East,” it is shrinking.

On Egypt, Cause For Optimism And Concern

Special To The Jewish Week

A young cab driver in Israel was shocked when a historian friend of mine mentioned to him the difficulty of fighting Egypt during the War of Independence in 1948.

“Egypt?” the man asked in amazement. “Egypt was our enemy?”

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