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July 30, 2013
Letter writer Jerry Levin's assessment of the journalist Helen Thomas as a "hateful old bigot" because she dared to criticize Israel's treatment of the Palestinians could not be further from the truth ( "Helen Thomas was a path breaker - but also a bigot," July 27). Thomas was a competent White House correspondent for 50 years who was fired because she was not afraid to speak out against Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians. In 2011, the website Salon.org complained that "advocacy of Israeli positions has replaced professional qualifications as the criteria for service.
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NEWS
June 18, 2014
The article, "Israeli leader accuses terrorists of kidnapping 3 teens" (June 15), describes remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concerning a recent event that took place in the West Bank. According to Mr. Netanyahu, anyone or any group who opposes and resists Israel's brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians is a terrorist. He conveniently ignores the fact that for over 45 years Israel has been stealing Palestinian land, water and natural resources, demolishing their homes, assassinating their leaders, engaging in mass arrests children and maintaining a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza.
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NEWS
June 17, 2013
Reader Nelson Marans' recent letter about President Obama's foreign policy contains numerous misstatements ("Ehrlich is right; Obama's foreign policy a shambles," June 12). First, the Egyptian people overthrew a corrupt and incompetent government. The U.S. had nothing to do with it. Second, Syria is involved in a civil war that has nothing to do with the U.S. We are correct to stay out of it. Third, there is no evidence that Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests, has either nuclear weapons or a weapons program.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
The column "Schumer's Iran-deal criticism is rare break with Obama" (Jan.19) by former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ignores the real reason why U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer opposes the nuclear peace deal between the West and Iran. Mr. Schumer has always had dual loyalty between the U.S. and Israel and was referred to by former Sen. Ernest Hollings as "the senator from Israel. " Mr. Schumer also stated that his name in Hebrew meant gatekeeper, and he prides himself on being Israel's gatekeeper in the Senate.
NEWS
May 24, 2011
The recent article on President Obama's interactions with Israel ("Obama sticks to Mideast vision, seeks to calm Israel," May 22) demonstrates how flawed U.S. foreign policy is because of our politicians are always pandering to Israel and its powerful pro-Israel lobby. The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in military aid every year, our latest weapons technology and our uncritical political support at the U.N. and elsewhere, yet our president has to "soothe Israeli fury over his stance that peace talks should start on the basis of Israel's 1967 borders.
NEWS
June 18, 2014
The article, "Israeli leader accuses terrorists of kidnapping 3 teens" (June 15), describes remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concerning a recent event that took place in the West Bank. According to Mr. Netanyahu, anyone or any group who opposes and resists Israel's brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians is a terrorist. He conveniently ignores the fact that for over 45 years Israel has been stealing Palestinian land, water and natural resources, demolishing their homes, assassinating their leaders, engaging in mass arrests children and maintaining a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
The column about a theoretical Mitt Romney presidency by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. contains two serious flaws ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). First, Mr. Ehrlich writes "... there would be a fiscal plan to cut $4 trillion of federal spending over the next four years. " In fact, not only did Mr. Romney never present any plan to help balance the budget, he proposed increasing the already bloated defense budget by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Second, Mr. Romney's foreign policy was a disaster waiting to happen.
NEWS
May 8, 2013
Your report on the Israeli strike on missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah shows how the warmongering nation of Israel continues to use the billions of dollars in military aid it receives from the U.S. every year to wage war against its neighbors - for which we get the blame ("Israel defends strikes in Syria," May 6). Israel has bombed not only Syria, but also Lebanon and Gaza twice, while threatening Iran on a daily basis. In addition, Israel brutally occupies the Palestinians, stealing their land and water.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
The column "Schumer's Iran-deal criticism is rare break with Obama" (Jan.19) by former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ignores the real reason why U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer opposes the nuclear peace deal between the West and Iran. Mr. Schumer has always had dual loyalty between the U.S. and Israel and was referred to by former Sen. Ernest Hollings as "the senator from Israel. " Mr. Schumer also stated that his name in Hebrew meant gatekeeper, and he prides himself on being Israel's gatekeeper in the Senate.
NEWS
December 25, 2013
The article, "Bipartisan group backs new Iran sanction threat" (Dec. 20), describes how some U.S. senators are trying to destroy the nuclear peace deal with Iran. Those senators mentioned, Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez and Mark Kirk, are all known Israel-firsters, always willing to put the interests of Israel ahead of America's. Senator Kirk even admitted that he has been getting his information on Iran from the Israeli government and not from U.S. intelligence. Even worse, the proposed legislation calls for the U.S. to "stand with Israel" if Israel "is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran's nuclear weapons program.
NEWS
December 25, 2013
The article, "Bipartisan group backs new Iran sanction threat" (Dec. 20), describes how some U.S. senators are trying to destroy the nuclear peace deal with Iran. Those senators mentioned, Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez and Mark Kirk, are all known Israel-firsters, always willing to put the interests of Israel ahead of America's. Senator Kirk even admitted that he has been getting his information on Iran from the Israeli government and not from U.S. intelligence. Even worse, the proposed legislation calls for the U.S. to "stand with Israel" if Israel "is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran's nuclear weapons program.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
A recent article about the Arab-Israeli peace process could not be further from the truth when it talked about the "continued commitment of both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders" ("Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks 'closer than we have been in years,'" Dec.7). In fact, the talks are a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians - today or ever. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land until there is nothing left. Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful lobby, so nothing will change.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Letter writer Jerry Levin's assessment of the journalist Helen Thomas as a "hateful old bigot" because she dared to criticize Israel's treatment of the Palestinians could not be further from the truth ( "Helen Thomas was a path breaker - but also a bigot," July 27). Thomas was a competent White House correspondent for 50 years who was fired because she was not afraid to speak out against Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians. In 2011, the website Salon.org complained that "advocacy of Israeli positions has replaced professional qualifications as the criteria for service.
NEWS
June 17, 2013
Reader Nelson Marans' recent letter about President Obama's foreign policy contains numerous misstatements ("Ehrlich is right; Obama's foreign policy a shambles," June 12). First, the Egyptian people overthrew a corrupt and incompetent government. The U.S. had nothing to do with it. Second, Syria is involved in a civil war that has nothing to do with the U.S. We are correct to stay out of it. Third, there is no evidence that Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests, has either nuclear weapons or a weapons program.
NEWS
May 8, 2013
Your report on the Israeli strike on missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah shows how the warmongering nation of Israel continues to use the billions of dollars in military aid it receives from the U.S. every year to wage war against its neighbors - for which we get the blame ("Israel defends strikes in Syria," May 6). Israel has bombed not only Syria, but also Lebanon and Gaza twice, while threatening Iran on a daily basis. In addition, Israel brutally occupies the Palestinians, stealing their land and water.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
The column about a theoretical Mitt Romney presidency by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. contains two serious flaws ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). First, Mr. Ehrlich writes "... there would be a fiscal plan to cut $4 trillion of federal spending over the next four years. " In fact, not only did Mr. Romney never present any plan to help balance the budget, he proposed increasing the already bloated defense budget by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Second, Mr. Romney's foreign policy was a disaster waiting to happen.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
A recent article about the Arab-Israeli peace process could not be further from the truth when it talked about the "continued commitment of both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders" ("Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks 'closer than we have been in years,'" Dec.7). In fact, the talks are a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians - today or ever. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land until there is nothing left. Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful lobby, so nothing will change.
NEWS
May 24, 2011
The recent article on President Obama's interactions with Israel ("Obama sticks to Mideast vision, seeks to calm Israel," May 22) demonstrates how flawed U.S. foreign policy is because of our politicians are always pandering to Israel and its powerful pro-Israel lobby. The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in military aid every year, our latest weapons technology and our uncritical political support at the U.N. and elsewhere, yet our president has to "soothe Israeli fury over his stance that peace talks should start on the basis of Israel's 1967 borders.
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