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The Train (I)

I was gripped by Steven Plaut’s July 20 front-page essay “The Train.”

I had read similar accounts before but for some reason had never thought through the implications of what it meant that the Nazis had arbitrarily defined a whole world for Jews different from that of most other people – a world in which they had to spend their nights and days thinking only of how to somehow survive.

Julianne Findley
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The Train (II)

Steven Plaut is such a versatile writer. I always enjoy his sharp and often wickedly humorous political essays and never fail to be moved by his occasional human-interest stories. His talent is an invaluable weapon in the intellectual arsenal of Israeli and American right-wingers.

Victor Rosenbaum
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Bibi’s Coalition (I)

Re “Israeli Political Constellation Realigns As Kadima Quits Government (front-page news story, July 20):

I have long given up trying to understand Israeli politics and its system of government. So I’m not sure what the full consequences of Kadima’s exit from the Netanyahu coalition will end up being. But I am somewhat relieved that Netanyahu, no longer enjoying an overwhelming majority or having the luxury of writing off the right-wing parties, will have a harder time making concessions to the Palestinians. Because – make no mistake – if Bibi has shown us anything in his political career, it’s that he has no lasting principles.

Mendel Levin
(Via E-Mail)

Bibi’s Coalition (II)

Did anyone think the Kadima-Likud marriage, brokered as it was by two such untrustworthy politicians as Shaul Mofaz and Bibi Netanyahu, would last very long? I gave up on Bibi during his first term as prime minister, when he broke almost every pre-election promise he ever made and was roundly punished for his poor performance by the Israeli public, which resoundingly booted him out of office in 1999.

My skepticism about Netanyahu was only confirmed by his opportunistic behavior while Ariel Sharon was prime minister, specifically regarding the Gaza disengagement fiasco. Bibi, unlike Natan Sharansky, chose not to resign his cabinet position in protest until the disengagement was a forgone conclusion. Many on the Right had urged him to resign as finance minister to force a government crisis, but Netanyahu refused until such a move meant nothing.

Aryeh Goldman
Jerusalem

The Levy Report

The Levy Report , definitive as it is, was too long in coming (“Nostrums and Clichés,” editorial, July 20).

The Palestinians have enjoyed a virtual public-relations monopoly on the issue of entitlement to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As you note, the Israeli position is at least as arguable as the Palestinian narrative to which people have until now given visceral legitimacy.

What many seem to forget is that Palestinian claims are based on the 1948 armistice lines which were the result of Arab invasions designed to alter the 1948 UN Partition Plan to end the British Mandate in Palestine that commenced after Turkey’s defeat in World War I.

Before that the area was under the total and longtime control of the Ottoman Empire , i.e., Turkey, where the Arabs had no sovereignty whatever. There has been very little factual basis to the extravagant Palestinian claims other than Arab petrodollars and broad anti-Jewish sentiment around the world.

Paul Brooks
Cincinnati, OH

The President And The Law (I)

What boggles the mind is that President Obama’s blatant disdain for the American system of government has not rendered the failure of his reelection bid a foregone conclusion (“The President and the Rule of Law,” editorial, July 20).

Every day brings new revelations to the effect that our president thinks he knows what’s right and he will brook no insubordination from a pesky Congress – that incidentally is empowered by the Constitution to legislate on such issues as taxes, immigration, private enterprise and assistance to the needy, to name just several areas where Mr. Obama has overstepped his authority. He is acting more and more like some banana republic dictator.

Lee Savitzky
(Via E-Mail)

The President And The Law (II)

I don’t know what angers me more, President Obama’s unilaterally gutting established law or Bill Clinton’s supporting his reelection and ignoring what is, as you note, an assault on his legislative legacy. The latter may actually explain some of the off-the-Obama-reservation comments Clinton has made concerning Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s involvement with Bain Capital.

Harold Negron
(Via E-Mail)

Why Such Disdain For Obama?

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4 Responses to “Letters To The Editor”

  1. I find your Daily Cartoon “Wins by a Nose” to be antisemitic on the order of the pervasive antisemitic propaganda of Nazi Germany. Am I missing something? Has anyone else commented on this?

  2. Steve says:

    You’re missing something.

    This cartoon is part of a running joke going back around 6 months, when one of our contributors wrote about nose jobs and shidduchim, which sparked a whole slew of responses and articles (and offers for free nose jobs) for over a month.

    Long term readers know what this cartoon is referring back to.

    But thank you for expressing your concern. We do need to keep in mind that not everyone would be familiar with the original story.

  3. Thanks, Steve. That’s a relief. I’d like to be in on the joke too. Would you know how I can read what was written about “nose jobs and “shidduchim”?

  4. Steve says:

    This is the (serious) article that kicked it all off.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/gila-manolson-a-response-to-yitta-halberstams-plea-to-mothers-of-girls-in-shidduchim/2012/03/26/

    It was followed up by the following (partial) mix of following of articles:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/marriage-relationships/readers-respond-to-the-tyranny-of-beauty-a-plea-to-mothers-of-girls-in-shidduchim/2012/03/29/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/tzadik-plastic-surgeon-to-shadchanim-free-nose-job-for-your-clients-who-need-but-cant-afford-it/2012/03/31/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/groggers-yidvid-nose-job-doc-in-trouble-with-asps/2012/03/15/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/yoris-daily-news-clips/nose-job-el-balkimy-egyptian-mp-loses-parliamentary-immunity/2012/03/19/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/twisted-values-and-the-tyranny-of-short-sightedness-a-plea-to-love-our-daughters-as-much-as-we-love-our-sons/2012/04/02/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/yoris-daily-news-clips/nose-job-el-balkimy-egyptian-mp-loses-parliamentary-immunity/2012/03/19/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/nose-king-of-miami-gives-in-to-asps-cancels-controversial-music-video-contest/2012/04/10/

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/family/rabbi-shmuley-boteach-make-men-more-mature-rather-than-send-girls-under-the-knife/2012/03/28/

    And the first cartoon in response:

    http://www.jewishpress.com/cartoons/about-that-nose-job-article-we-published/

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