Gary Rosenblatt reported that some at the JPPI conference were angry at Prime Minister Netanyahu because his actions were “perceived by the White House as disrespectful.” (“I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?” May 29) Mr. Rosenblatt should make himself aware of the first meeting between President Obama and Netanyahu at the White House in May 2009.
A major explanation for the significant misunderstanding between Americans and Israelis stares us in the face every day — The New York Times and the bulk of the mainstream media (“I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?” Editor’s column, May 29).
When an Israeli moderator at the JPPI conference says “Israelis have far more pressing problems than women’s rights to pray at the Western Wall,” or the frequent excuse that the mistreatment of American Jewish women and Conservative rabbis in Israel is an American problem, I see red (“I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?” Editor’s column, May 29).
I read Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?” May 29), and I am becoming less inclined to identify with and support Israel. A major source of my alienation is the potential reverses in religious equality in Israel. Another issue for me is the lack of acceptance for non-Orthodox branches of Judaism. How can I identify with or support a Jewish state that does not, by Orthodox law, consider me to be a “real” Jew?
Regarding “I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?” (Editor’s column, May 29), one element of the friction between us in Israel and American Jews that was not mentioned is the impression we Israelis have that, at the end of the day, support for the Democratic Party seems to take priority over all else for many.