Right thing to do
Sir, – Regarding “GOP, Dem senators unveil rival plans to
limit debt” (July 26), Israel has benefited for decades from the largess of the
Americans to the tune of billions per year. Israel is now a strong and
independent nation, militarily and economically, and the US is on the verge of
Now is the time to prove that the US-Israel
alliance is vibrant and meaningful, an alliance of equals. Now is the time for
Israel to say to America that it is with great reluctance but enormous pride
that we forgo the billions of dollars they grant us every year.
billions are needed by the American people to put their economic house in order.
It is the correct and smart thing to do for both America and Israel.
urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to announce this to the Israeli and American
public, in clear English, today. Now.
The nation of Israel will achieve
true independence and the gratitude and respect of the American
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Sir, – I am surprised
that an article on Kirk Douglas that focuses on his Jewishness (“‘Happy to be a
Jew,’” Arts & Entertainment, July 26) would make no mention of his starring
role in the 1966 film “Cast a Giant Shadow,” or of his lesserknown film, 1953’s
Both of these wonderful films focus on the birth of the
State of Israel (one from the viewpoint of an American soldier fighting in the
War of Independence, the other from the viewpoint of a concentration camp
survivor arriving in the new nation).
The significance of these movies
should not be omitted from any article about Douglas.MICHELLE AARON
Hashmonaim Millennia of hatred
Sir, – People like Shmuley Boteach (“Surround by
Christians who love Israel,” No Holds Barred, July 25) should be very careful
not to allow their naivete to becloud their good judgment.
Evangelicals say that their love is pure and not motivated by any ulterior
motives of eventual Jewish acceptance of Jesus, their Christ, and I could
believe them. But can they expect a Jew like me to trust any Christian by
weighing only a few decades of purported love against millennia of hatred,
persecution and murder? Furthermore, does Boteach really think the Jesus who
actually was can be accepted by Jews today in view of the Jesus the Gentiles
have made him into? Why, indeed, should Jews alter their view of Jesus at all?
He may have been a Torah observant Jew in his day, but so what? HAIM M. LERNER
Ganei Tikva UNRWA is important
Sir, – I write to thank Caroline B. Glick for her
column (“Squandering Israel’s limited influence,” Our World, July 25). It makes
clear the importance of the refugees in any peaceful dispensation and the
importance of continued generous American support for UNRWA’s efforts to promote
human development and universal values in this key constituent for peace, until
a just and durable solution can be found to their plight, based on international
law and UN resolutions.
The notion that the blockade of Gaza is legal and
that Gaza does not experience any “blockade- induced” shortages is without any
basis in fact. The ICRC has described the blockade as “a collective punishment
imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international
UNRWA itself is attempting to implement a $660 million
reconstruction plan and we have been able to take into Gaza around five percent
of what we need. That is just one example among many that put the lie to this
Glick’s assertion that UNRWA has given “consistent
support for the Palestinian war against Israel” is also unsubstantiated because
there is no evidence to support this wild claim. As if to prove the point, her
attempts to influence US Congress with this specious argument have been
unsuccessful, as the paragraphs from the House Foreign Affairs Committee Bill,
which call for a withdrawal of American support, have been removed, a fact of
which Glick appears unaware.
The Israeli government and responsible
pro-Israel advocates in the US demonstrated to the committee chairman the
negative impact on Israeli national security interests that would have resulted
from the retention of the anti-UNRWA provision.
Glick’s thesis failed to
make its unsubstantiated point among members of Congress who know
She also gives too much credit to a minority group of members of
Congress who claim that without Israeli objections they would have eliminated
UNRWA funding already – just like they’ve “eliminated” the UN and a list of
others. UNRWA has received strong bipartisan support over the years from both
the executive branch (the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations) and the
legislative branch because responsible US officials understand, as do informed
Israelis, the important humanitarian and stabilizing role played by
Jerusalem The writer is UNRWA spokesman
Sir, – The editorial on the Norway tragedy (“Norway’s
challenge,” July 24) is deplorable and, in my opinion, a new low for
increasingly anti-liberal and - democratic Jewish thought.
It takes the
view that the real issue behind the killing spree is not the radical,
Islamophobic and ultra-nationalist context from which Anders Behring Breivik
emerged, but rather Europe’s multicultural opening to immigrants (which, of
course, is code-speak for Muslim immigration).
The editorial warns that
the Muslim population in Norway will increase from 3 to 6.5 percent by 2030
(thus exaggerating the significance of the trend). Most disturbingly, though,
its call for the protection of unique European cultures and values sounds like
it came directly from a speech by Jean Marie Le Pen or Joerg Haider, and it
eerily echoes the ideologies of Euro-fascism and Aryan purity.
editorial actually concluded that the violent rampage should serve as an
opportunity to seriously reevaluate policies for immigrant integration in Norway
and elsewhere. By saying this, you pointedly suggest that the 3% of Norway’s
population that is Muslim is to blame for Breivik’s terrorism.
essence, it stakes a position in line with the killer’s ideology, drawing
conclusions akin to those he wrote in his 1,500- page manifesto before setting
off to kill his victims.
If this type of editorial came from the likes of
a European right-wing daily, it would not be so noteworthy. What maddens me is
that The Jerusalem Post chose to voice such a view.JORDAN NODEL
Sir, – It is tragic to note that less than two years ago it was precisely this
same Norwegian government and royal family that went ahead with a year-long
celebration marking the life and work of one of the country’s best-known Nazis,
writer Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), on the 150th anniversary of his
Worse still, while today the Norwegian royal family is rightly
consoling the families and friends of the victims of the recent terrorist
outrage, two years back it was precisely the queen who presided over the gala
launching of the program commemorating Hamsun – despite numerous requests not to
do so from the international community and the International Raoul Wallenberg
In 2009, the foundation pointed out that it was “up to the
Norwegian government to put an end to this offensive vindication of Nazism and
live up the standards the world has come to expect from it or live with the
consequences of such unacceptable behavior.”
Two years later these words
have turned out to be tragically prophetic.NICHOLAS TOZER
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