November 22, 2012
More than seven years after Israel withdrew from Gaza in exchange for peace, we stand today faced with increased rocket fire from Hamas (an organization that is on the U.S. State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations). In the past 12 years, over 12,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel. In the past year, over 800 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel. In the past five days, over 150 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel. I propose a simple question with a complex answer: When is it enough?
November 19, 2012
The escalating exchange of rocket barrages and airstrikes between Israel and the Hamas militants who control the Gaza Strip threatens to erupt into an all-out ground war that destabilizes the entire region. The U.S. and its European allies, along with Egypt, Turkey and the United Nations, must do everything possible to nudge the belligerents back from the edge through diplomatic means before events spin completely out of control. No nation can allow its citizens to be attacked and killed with impunity by a foreign power that fires missiles indiscriminately across its borders at major towns and cities.
September 7, 2012
While I agree that how President Obama (or any president) might respond to an Israeli military strike in Iran is an important topic for any voter to consider, including Jewish voters, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's rambling discussion of the topic is way off the mark ("Can Jews be sure of Obama's commitment to Israel," Sept. 2). He seems of touch with most American Jewish voters. To suggest that Jewish citizens vote Democrat out of "habit" is insulting. Jewish voters are not one-issue voters (i.e.
August 21, 2012
As someone who has visited Jerusalem, the ancient city where three religions try to co-exist, I was startled to read "Three questions for the U.S. about Jerusalem" (Aug. 18). The arrogance expressed in that letter was over-the-top. The letter writer's initial question is "whether the U.S government considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel. " Jerusalem is an international city. And if the Israeli government would end its occupation of Palestine, this international city could be a beacon of hope promoting diversity and tolerance against hate and bigotry.
August 6, 2012
Ray McGovern, in his op-ed ("Is Israel fixing the intel?" July 31), questions whether Israel is our ally since there is no mutual defense treaty between the U.S. and Israel. I also question whether Israel is an ally, not so much because of a recognized treaty, but because Israel has never done anything that I can see for the benefit of this country. Oh yes, the U.S. is definitely an ally of Israel, lavishing on it economic, military, and political support far beyond that which we give other countries, and even beyond what our government gives to its own citizens.
August 2, 2012
It's curious that Mitt Romney's fundraiser in Israel in itself has raised so little commentary, much less criticism, in mainstream news media ("'Culture' comment follows Romney," July 31). If he or another presidential candidate had held one in any other country, the pundits would be fulminating about this blatant foreign influence on internal affairs. I suppose the wall between our own national self-interests and the interests of the Israeli government has become so thin and permeable that no one should be surprised at the yawning indifference to this faux pas. And the fact that Mr. Romney's fundraiser took place in Jerusalem at the King David Hotel, so soon after the candidate's insulting behavior toward his British hosts in the United Kingdom, is also remarkable.