Sir, – Thanks are due again to Herb Keinon for a most perceptive
analysis (“Cavernous tactical gaps on the Islamic Republic,” Diplomacy, November
One need only refer to the incessant and deceptive mantra coming
from Obama administration spokesmen, to wit, that the US will not allow Iran to
achieve a “nuclear weapon.” On the other side of the canyon, Israel is united,
with Arab help, on stopping terror-happy Iran from achieving nuclear weapons
Sanctions should be increased if agreement cannot be
One cannot easily imagine the world returning to sanctions once
Iran is even closer to breakout.
How shocking it was to hear, therefore,
the wave of applause from American Jewish leaders assembled last week for the
Jewish Federations of North America’s GA conference in Jerusalem when the US
ambassador to Israel unabashedly repeated the same lulling but near worthless
affirmation about a “nuclear weapon.”
Europe, with France in the lead, is
finally rubbing its eyes but waiting for America to wake up. This will probably
happen only if America, with Congress in the lead, comes to recognize regime
evil in the world and makes no excuses for or compromises with it.
will not benefit Washington to sell its soul for the whole world, not even for
The writer is a retired US Foreign
Service officer who spent 15 years in Arab or Muslim countries
Sir, – In regard
to easing sanctions on Iran as now being proposed by the Unites States, one
would like to suggest a test: For the word “Israel” or the term “Zionist entity”
used by various Iranian political leaders for the past 30 years, let us, just
for argument’s sake, replace them with “America.”
It would be “America”
that is to be destroyed, annihilated, consumed, eradicated, exterminated,
squashed, obliterated, demolished and sent to hell.
Had the United States
been the target of such repeated threats, one thinks the tone and responses
would be far different than what we are seeing today from the White
They don’t care
Sir, – I’m not
surprised that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went back on his word to start
building 24,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria (“PM: We’ll continue to
build, but wisely,” November 14).
Does Netanyahu actually believe that
the talks with Iran will be influenced by what he has to say or what Israel
does? The international community will do as it pleases, without consideration
of the danger to Israel.
What an embarrassment to Israel is the fear of
our prime minister! A country that was respected by the world for its strong
army and miraculous victories is turning into a banana republic. He is taking
away all the respect people once had for us, and removing the fear of our
Mr. Prime Minister, we have no friends, only allies, and only
when it is good for them. Never forget that.
Sir, – Regarding “George W. Bush headlines Jews for
Jesus event” (November 15), the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Texas is not
Jews for Jesus. Not every Jewish person who sees Jesus Christ as the Messiah of
Israel is working for or at all associated with Jews for Jesus, a missionary
organization over 30 years old.
And by the way, why wouldn’t President
Bush attend such an elite banquet? Last year Glenn Beck spoke! Both these fine
men love and do a lot for Israel. Why try to categorize Bush in a negative light
for this? The State of Israel should be proud to have such an ancestor as Jesus
of Nazareth. Slandering Jews who are for Jesus is like cutting off your own nose
– they are fine citizens, serve in the army and pay their taxes
While Israel struggles now in trying desperately to hold onto
its Jewish identity, we ought to reconsider these Jews and not reject them.
Their mothers are still Jewish! Bush knows how to bless Jewish people by showing
up at this fine event, yet we don’t bless our own right here in the
The Editor responds: The headline
should not have included the name “Jews for Jesus.”You don’t know
I read “We know, we know” (Observations, November 15) Carole Zabar with
I, too, was a very early and active supporter and
donor of the New Israel Fund. As it turned more frequently to the Left, though,
I backed away – but still encouraged left-wing friends who wanted to support
Israel independently rather than through a Jewish federation. Then I made aliya
and my whole outlook changed.
People like Zabar simply don’t understand
Israel. She doesn’t know and neither do the good people who still support
Until they take the giant step of moving here, they will never
They do not get the daily news that we get and therefore do not
understand why organizations like Adalah have a different agenda than what these
Americans see. They haven’t been in the Negev long enough to see the growing
problem with Beduin settlement. They don’t understand the difference between
lethal Palestinian terrorism and the so-called price tag assaults, which they
In short, they have blinders on because of their American liberal
experience. But that doesn’t work here, not when we live in a neighborhood that
is always out to do us harm.
I would challenge people like Zabar to come
live here for six months or a year. Then I might more fully respect what she has
Sir, – Regarding “US Jewish Groups
condemn Beit Shemesh mayor’s anti-gay comment” (November 13), as a former
Washingtonian I would suggest that Abraham Foxman and the Jewish Federation of
Greater Washington assume a different manner in their comments to Washington’s
sister city, Beit Shemesh.
Beit Shemesh is a vibrant and dynamic city
with scores of intelligent, accomplished, talented, charitable and decent
people, a city rich in the diversity of its population and blessed with a wide
range of schools for its abundant school-age population. Unfortunately, it
receives very bad and undeserving press treatment where the achievements of the
majority go unreported while the debacles of a minority are exaggerated and
The residents of Beit Shemesh respond to our city’s mayor for
his comments on all topics, and he is held responsible for what he says. That is
appropriate. This is our city.
There is so much of a constructive nature
for Foxman and others to do on the other side of the Atlantic. Let them trust us
to take care of our city and to hold our mayor to account, to praise him for the
good and to blame him for the mistakes. Allow the best of Beit Shemesh to shine
JOANNE JACKSON YELENIK
Sir, – It would be
an understatement to say that your report regarding the outcome of author Naomi
Ragen’s appeal to the Supreme Court was skewed. It was, in fact, good spin but
slanted journalism (“Report: Naomi Ragen wins reversal of judgment against her
in copyright case,” November 10).
Ragen was not vindicated, nor can she
claim victory. Yes, the court ruled that she would not be called a plagiarist.
However, that does not give her a clean slate. If that were the case she would
not be obliged to delete the disputed passages from her book in any future
Furthermore, she would have been awarded full compensation,
i.e., the return of all funds paid to Sarah Shapiro as part of the lower court’s
judgment. That did not happen, and it is an important point that is blatantly
missing in your article.