Sir, – Israel is fortunate that no present or future government
would follow the suggestion of Caroline B. Glick to annex the whole of Judea and
Samaria (“Israel’s path to victory,” Column One, September 23).
claims that this would not preclude a future peace settlement.
sight of the fact that by such annexation, all Palestinians would automatically
be entitled to full citizenship.
Failure to allow this would, indeed,
convert Israel to a true apartheid state, which nobody in the rest of the world
Wise Palestinians would accept all the benefits of Israeli
citizenship, and thereafter, in the foreseeable future, their numbers would
enable them to reach a majority in Israel. This would soon be followed by a
tragedy for the Jews.MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond Diplomatic malpractice
– Uri Savir’s rationale for supporting the creation of a Palestinian state gives
the reader a feeling of having fallen into a time warp (“October opportunity or
autumn tsunami?,” Savir’s Corner, September 23).
The exact same reasons
were given for supporting the 1993 Oslo agreement, which resulted in an ongoing
reign of terror that has cost lives and maimed thousands of Jews and Arabs, and
in increasing uncertainty regarding Israel’s diplomatic
Publicizing his thoughts on how Israel should conduct relations
with its neighbors is equivalent to a health column written by a quack whose
patients have died under his care.JAY SHAPIRO
Karnei Shomron Change is
Sir, – While not all of us are happy that change is on the horizon, change
will eventually come.
There is no difference between what happened in
1948 at the UN to what is happening now at the UN with the bid for a Palestinian
state. When will we all open our eyes and accept that change is good? We must
not stop progress.
Why hinder this state? Let it grow, let it blossom,
just like the State of Israel did in 1948.
I travel every year to Israel
and have accepted it. Eventually, all Israelis will accept Palestine. Let it be
Winston-Salem, North Carolina Election year love
– Former US congressman Robert Wexler’s apologia for President Barack Obama
(“Defending Obama’s pro-Israel credentials, Comment & Features, September
22) is full of half-truths, but the height of its deception relies on Obama’s
recent role in the rescue of our six embassy personnel in Cairo.
are truly grateful that they were not killed. However, let’s not forget that it
was Obama who threw Hosni Mubarak under the bus and championed the Arab Spring,
which is now rapidly turning into an Islamic Winter in which the West loses
Had Obama not risen to the challenge during the sacking of our
embassy, his stark failures in the Middle East would have been all the more
focused. As the economy in America slides ever more quickly into a second
recession, he needs some small measure of success to trumpet to his fading
While we may for the moment be coincidental political
bedfellows, let’s not lose sight of the fact that most of Obama’s prior actions
suggest he would toss us in the same direction he did the former Egyptian
president.CHAIM A. ABRAMOWITZ
Sir, – History works in unusual
ways and there is often a direct link between events that seem
Even the most prescient pundit could not have foreseen the
connection between the prurient behavior of an obscure American congressman and
the unusually pro-Israel speech made by President Barack Obama last week at the
United Nations (“Obama at UN declares ‘no shortcuts’ to peace,” September
Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner of New York’s ninth
congressional district was forced to resign because of salacious behavior. His
district has a large Jewish constituency. In the special election held two weeks
ago to replace Weiner, the Republican candidate won a seat held by the
Democratic Party for more than 80 years.
This sent an alarming message to
Obama, who has been in campaign mode since assuming office. The message, among
other things, is that his treatment of Israel may cost him a large share of the
Jewish vote and reduce contributions to his campaign by Jewish
His initial response to this alarm was seen and heard in his
speech at the UN. His attitude toward Israel during the coming election year
will undoubtedly continue to be a reflection of electoral realities rather than
his basic beliefs and sympathies.RUTH ROSENBERG
Jerusalem Maybe he means
Sir, – Unfortunately, Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas shows how far
removed he is from reality if he seriously thought US President Barack Obama was
not serious when indicating he was against any move by the PA to get the UN to
recognize Palestinian statehood now.
We Israelis must now seriously
consider the state of Abbas’s mental health if the PA leader is so enwrapped in
his own extraordinary notion of driving a coach and horses through all accepted
principles of international law that he is unable or unwilling to understand
Obama’s plain English.PETER SIMPSON
Jerusalem No such games
Speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League, I can unequivocally say that
Isi Leibler is totally mistaken when he suggests that American Jewish
organizations have become reluctant to criticize American policies toward Israel
(“The silence of American Jewish leaders,” Candidly Speaking, September
When necessary, we have not hesitated to speak out, such as when the
Obama administration focused on Israeli settlements or when it was implied that
Israel was harming American interests.
What really seems to bother
Leibler is that an American Jewish organization would at any point say something
positive about the administration.
The truth is, we do not have the
luxury to just be critics.
America is too important to Israel to play
such games. So when America interceded to prevent a disaster at the embassy in
Cairo, we praised the administration. When the US openly indicated it would veto
the unilateral declaration of the Palestinians at the Security Council, we
There are those on the Left who never criticize the
administration and those on the Right who never have anything good to say. We at
the ADL cannot and will not fall into either position.
is too serious to play such games.ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN
New York The writer
is national director of the ADL
Change of address
Sir, – Regarding “MK Tibi
posts photos with PA delegation following ethics complaint,” September 21),
which country on earth (except Israel) would tolerate a member of parliament
consorting with and advising that country’s enemy? MK Ahmed Tibi, whom Israeli
television and radio take great pains to interview frequently, was born and
educated in Israel.
Yet he was an adviser to Yasser Arafat and is now
extremely visible as PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s companion.
time Tibi is made to forgo the salary and benefits he receives from Israel and
move permanently to Ramallah?