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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.