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May 26, 2011
Letter writer Abel J. Merrill expresses disappointment in President Obama for "demanding" that Israel withdraw to its pre-1967 borders ("Obama shows ignorance or malice toward Israel," May 25). Mr. Merrill must watch Fox News exclusively, since the president said no such thing. What he said is that negotiations must begin with the 1967 borders. Like all complex issues, peace negotiations require intelligence and a willingness to compromise. In the 21st century, war is less and less an option.
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October 3, 2014
The recent letter writer critical of Israeli actions in Gaza ( "Israel committed war crimes during its invasion of Gaza, " Oct. 1) conveniently forgets the origins of the Gaza conflict and the effort that Israel made to reduce civilian casualties. Hamas for the last eight years has been firing rockets into Israel, traumatizing the inhabitants who seek shelter almost hourly. The situation was exacerbated by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, admitted to by the spokesman for Hamas and claimed as a great victory.
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NEWS
July 29, 2010
The article "Britain's Cameron calls Gaza a prison" (July 28) quotes Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron: "Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change ... Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp." World leaders and international aid groups continue to condemn Israel's starvation blockade of the civilian population of Gaza, calling on Israel to end, not just ease, their blockade. Unfortunately, the U.S. continues to finance, arm and give political support to Israel, due mainly to our politicians' fear of confronting the powerful pro-Israel lobby.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
Iran is well on its way to becoming a nuclear power - and it is doing so with the stated objective of destroying the Jewish state of Israel. Despite having only limited access to Iran's nuclear facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations has confirmed that Iran has made monumental strides in enriching uranium and producing plutonium. Both pose an existential treat not only to Israel but to U.S. allies in the Middle East. As one of the top five oil producers in the world, and with sufficient reserves to meet all its energy requirements, Iran does not need nuclear power, nor would it suffer crippling sanctions to obtain it were it not for its desire to possess a nuclear weapon.
NEWS
May 26, 2011
True to form, President Obama began backpedaling from his statement to Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israel needs to return to her 1967 borders when he later explained to AIPAC( American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) that his statement was "mischaracterized. " It's hard to know if he is arrogant or just naïve concerning the underlying conflict, or if he is actually less than genuine toward Israel and its fight to survive as the only true democracy in the Middle East and America's staunchest ally.
NEWS
March 11, 2010
Before the Jewish community of Baltimore accepts Vice President Biden's rebuke of Israel's announcement that it will expand the settlements in East Jerusalem as further evidence that the Obama administration is unsympathetic to Israel, please consider this: • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has advanced his position among his supporters by acting despite apparent American opposition; • Mr. Biden and the Obama Administration advance their political interests by appearing to deny lock-step support for every Israeli action; • America appears to be a more independent broker to the Arab world and to the rest of the world; • Settlements are built and the issue of of further expansion becomes a bargaining chip in negotiations rather than a prenegotiations concession by Israel with no prid pro quo. Israel's "insult" to Vice President Biden -- "shocking" him during his visit by making the announcement of their intention to expand the settlements was, I submit, prearranged.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
PBS, a recipient of federal funds through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is required to sustain "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature. " In addition, according to the PBS website, "PBS' mission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires. " I wonder why the PBS POV selected two anti-Israel films for its 2013 season. Neither stands on its own journalistically, both being one-sided, manipulative of the truth, and full of omissions of basic facts.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
In the commentary ( "Israel's unjust war, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-palestine-20140803%2C0%2C4657761.story Aug. 4), Adil Shamoo he keeps referring to Israel as an occupying power and says the purpose of the Gaza invasion is to prolong the occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land. Would he please define his terms, particularly "occupation of Palestinian land? If this refers to the existence of the State of Israel, then the only solution that would satisfy Mr Shamoo is the elimination of the state of Israel.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Letter writer Janice Kelly claims that "those of us who are opposing Israeli apartheid are being called anti-Semites" ( "Criticism of Israel has merit," Feb. 16). Of course, this fallaciously assumes that there is such a thing as Israeli apartheid. Criticism of Israel is different from demonization. What leads people to believe that the boycotters are anti-Semites is that they maliciously characterize the situation in Israel as apartheid to justify a boycott. "Sentence first, verdict afterward," as the Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland" said.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
President Barack Obama, who is attempting to help Democrats maintain their grip on the Senate, will attend a fundraiser Friday at the home of a wealthy Baltimore hedge fund manager who has become one of the nation's foremost advocates for Israel. Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and a leading patron of Jewish political causes, will host Obama for a dinner that will cost guests up to $32,400 - the maximum an individual may give to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the calendar year.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. opines for 13 paragraphs on the reasons Jews don't vote for Republicans but he barely touches on the reasons for that lack of support ( "The GOP supports Israel more than Dems," Aug. 24) Maybe Jews despise the inherent racism within the party, the Christian Evangelicals who dictate its social policies, the slow and willful erosion of the one-man, one-vote Democratic political philosophy and the GOP's fervent embrace of the gun culture. Despite the fact that Republicans generally support the state of Israel, maybe American Jews looking at today's Republican Party and its leaders are just fearful that what they are seeing there is a return to good old-fashioned fascism.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's. commentary suggesting that Jews should reconsider their long-standing support of Democratic presidential candidates requires a response ( "The GOP supports Israel more than Dems," Aug. 24). Mr. Ehrlich rightly points out some of the historical reasons Jews have supported Democrats as well as their disagreement with some Republican leaders on such issues as abortion, gay marriage, gun control, prayer in schools and birth control. But the article left out the invasion of Iraq based on faulty intelligence that led to the death of more than 4,000 young American men and women and ended up strengthening Israel's enemy, Iran.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 24, 2014
Recently, I was talking with a conservative friend of mine about the drama in Gaza. I knew this individual to be thoughtful about world events and staunchly pro-Israel in outlook. It was sometime after our mutual condemnation of Hamas that our conversation took an unexpected and disturbing turn. Seems my friend is frustrated with the Obama administration's tepid support of Benjamin Netanyahu's government and the Jewish voters who re-elected the U.S. president, a soft-on-Israel candidate.
NEWS
August 17, 2014
Commentator Caroline Poplin claims that Israel will have to make concessions to Hamas to prevent a resumption of the rockets ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). However, anyone knowledgeable about Hamas knows that won't work. Hamas is implacably dedicated to the annihilation of Israel and will continue its attacks despite temporary interruptions. The only way to "prevent resumption of the rockets" is to get rid of Hamas - or at least remove it from power in Gaza and replace it with a government that will live peacefully with Israel.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
Pro-Palestinian activists in many countries recently have been actively protesting Israel's military operations in Gaza. They burn Israeli flags, throw stones at synagogues, call for academic boycotts of Israel's universities and shout "death to Israel and Jews" ( "Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza," Aug. 11). How about a demand for Hamas to stop launching thousands of rockets targeting Israeli civilians since 2005, the year when Israel left Gaza?
NEWS
June 26, 2013
In the past year, more than 1,500 rockets were fired into Israel. They are now building bomb shelters to protect their citizens from harm. I was shocked to see a photograph of a broken Palestinian window in contrast to the damage inflicted on Israel by their rockets ("Israel responds to rockets, hits Gaza targets," June 25). Your biased views are a blatant offense to me and to your Jewish subscribers. Frank Bressler, Pikesville
NEWS
August 26, 2012
Can anyone explain to me why it is OK for Israel to have a nuclear capability and not Iran ("Iran nuclear advances seen," Aug. 24)? Iran has never attacked its neighbors (other than the US-fostered war with Iraq); Israel has attacked all its neighbors and still illegally holds territory in Syria and Lebanon, not to mention Palestine. Israel has actually threatened to use its nuclear power, in its 1973 war with Egypt. Israel admits that Iran, even if it had a nuclear bomb, would not be foolish enough to use it against Israel.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
Buried in the hue and cry of the war in Gaza has been the one glaring question not yet answered by the media: If Israel indeed overstepped the limits of asymmetrical warfare, then what exactly is an acceptable "symmetrical" loss ( "Hamas' terror is dwarfed by Israel's," Aug. 9)? Should Israel lose one for one, two for one, three for one? This question is not to diminish the loss of the innocent but to understand a benchmark by which the United Nations and much of the world seems to grade such questions.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
I notice that, in this most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, there are widespread calls for Israel to "limit civilian casualties. " President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and many other leaders of the free world repeat this over and over, without knowing exactly what they are asking for. They call for limits on civilian casualties? Israel has done more than any other nation in the history of the world to do so. They fire warning shots, give citizens ample time to evacuate and call cell phones in advance!
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