Letters to the editor: December 28, 2016

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Resolution solution

Regarding UN Resolution 2334, I think that only US President- elect Donald Trump has the chutzpah and the common sense to do what needs to be done with the UN after January 20, 2017.

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Cut all American funding.

The Republican Congress, Senate and most Americans would back him up.

I know that I would.

The United Nations served its only purpose in 1948 and that was to create the State of Israel.

Since then it has done all it could to correct that “mistake.”

Anyone with any sense of history knows that the UN is an anti-Israel and antisemitic organization.

That is their raison d’être. They have wasted decades trying to punish and delegitimize Israel.

It hasn’t worked and it won’t work.

While some 400,000 Syrians have been murdered since March 2011, this is what the UN is worried about? Settlements? The hypocrisy is mind boggling.

They should relocate to The Hague. Someone could make a fortune converting their headquarters to a luxury co-op.

Normally I would think that the location would make another great Trump Tower, but I think the man has more important things to do right now.

NORMAN DEROVAN Ma’aleh Adumim


In this last year, my wife and I had the opportunity to make brief visits to Mumbai, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and New York City.

You know what we didn’t see in any of this major cities? UN personnel.

Why do we allow their personnel, an unofficial occupying army, to remain in Jerusalem and other parts of our country? As it is abundantly clear from their latest absurd anti-Israel resolution that this organization has no use for us, it is time for our government to declare their people here personae non gratae and send them packing to where they would be more welcome – although I can’t imagine where.

FRED CASDEN Ma’aleh Adumim

If there is one thing the election of Donald Trump should make crystal clear to the people of Israel it is this: the opinions held by the vast US “middle” are not shared by its narrow, elitist “left edge.”

Current US political leadership is dominated by the leftist edge and is far out of step with the conventional and happily more traditional and unified middle.

There is a geographic component to this dichotomy. Leftmost political edges are dominant in the far US west and northeast coastal communities.

Elsewhere, aside from a few urban islands, opinion in the US middle is not burdened by the pretzel-like twists of illogic and fanciful flights from historical truths so common with the current US political leadership.

In the US middle, there is no tolerance for this untruthful revisionism.

Instead, there is only revulsion for the erroneous and immoral diplomatic shifts taken by our leadership that are so completely antithetical to our beliefs.

What does this mean for US-Israeli relations? Simply this: aside from the current contrary and, thankfully, temporary US leadership, we in the US middle are with you, as we always have been.

We cannot ignore the minority element that seeks to use its current power to undermine our long-enduring uniformity.

It exists. But it is a minority US opinion, a relic attached to unrelated and temporarily attractive previous but unrelated US politics.

We hear it today, but it arrives as if having been spoken from a distant galaxy – words uttered in a hush light years ago, just now arriving at our ears.

Ignore them! These words bear no resemblance to current majority US opinion. They represent the opinion of a US leadership having a long, clandestine relationship with radical anti-Israel opinion carried forth by diplomats with more intellect than common sense who seek not to represent us but to try to change us.

We in the US middle are accustomed to their elitist, distasteful rhetoric. Our enduring, organic solidarity is a salve to their chafing nonsense. So it should be for you in Israel.

And now, finally, a page has been turned! The eight-year US wrong turn has been righted.

Friendship and shared values have, at last, Trumped political progressivism.

In other words – good has triumphed over evil. Once again it can be said: as it has always been and always will be, we stand with you, Israel, as you do with us.

We believe, whole-heartedly and without ambiguity, in the image and reality of Israel! ANDY ROBERTS Round Rock, Texas How long have Israel and the Palestinians been bickering? The current setup obviously isn’t working. Israel and the Palestinians should simply combine into one country, and be an example of cooperation to the world.

Don’t you agree? I’m tired of hearing about how you two can’t get along. Get over it! If you admit that you can never get along, then you should both leave and give your land back to the wildlife.

If you agree with me, please spread the word.

MIKE VANDEMAN San Ramon, California.The writer is a doctor of philosophy.


Peace on Earth?

Although Jewish, I grew up in America with Christmas, it goes with the territory.

What I see in the newspaper, even the cartoons on the Internet, is hatred and division and greed.

What happened to “Peace on Earth and good will to all?” No longer in our lexicon? ELIZABETH YUVAL Kiryat Tivon Be thankful These days everyone seems to try to out-guess President-elect Donald Trump on what he will do, who he will appoint, who will make up his cabinet, what will his policies be and how will he run his government? What about his foreign policy and the nuclear situation? The list is endless and the truth is “no one knows” and perhaps even Trump doesn’t know for sure himself.

For us here in Israel what we do know is that Trump will replace President Barack Obama, and as we approach the new year and the new administration in Washington, we can be thankful and wish Trump all the best.

HELA TAMIR Neve Ilan


No connection In Tania Hary’s opinion piece on December 27, “What did the UN Security Council resolution leave out” the author states that, “Continued and perhaps indefinite rule over the West Bank is made possible by maintaining the isolation of Gaza and its now two million residents.”

Unfortunately, Hary seems to think that there was and should be a connection between these two areas.

I would like to remind her that prior to June 1967, Gaza was under Egyptian sovereignty and the “West Bank” was under Jordanian sovereignty.

There was no connection between them then, so why should there be one now? Also, when Egypt negotiated its peace treaty with Israel in 1977 and 1978, the only territory it asked to be returned to it was the Sinai peninsula. Nary a word was said about returning Gaza which had been lost at the same time.

Apparently, no one wants Gaza – not Egypt, not the Palestinian Authority, and certainly not Israel.

Israel’s primary regret about leaving Gaza is that instead of it being an example of how the residents could establish an area where there was peace and prosperity, it was maintained as a base for terrorism.

HAIM SHALOM SNYDER Petah Tikva


CORRECTION The photo accompanying the December 25 article “A grand slam with words,” was mistakenly credited to Liza Bendaoud.

The credit should have been Michael Latar.


The Post regrets the error.


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