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Events In The West

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Events In The West: This Shabbos Judy Klitsner of the Pardes Institute in Yerushalayim will be the scholar-in-residence at Emek Beracha in Palo Alto, CA… On November 16, EDOS in Denver is hosting Rabbi Shalom Hammer as its scholar-in-residence.

Kollel Updates: The “Wednesday Night Kollel” has resumed at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Valley Village, CA… “Thursday night is Parshah and Cholent night” takes place at the Linked Kollel in the Pico-Robertson area of L.A.

CALABASAS, CA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Derek and Lynette Brown, a daughter (Grandparents Andrew and Joli Altshule).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Matt and Ariella Rosenblatt, a son (Grandparents Elon and Renee Winkler)… Nota and Tova Berger, a daughter… Eli and Dini Goldman, a daughter… Rabbi Naftoli and Devori Berger, a daughter… Rabbi Aryeh and Tehila Rosenfeld, a daughter… Rabbi Moshe and Miriam Chill, a son… Rabbi Yonasan and Tirtza Quinn, a daughter… Rabbi Moshe and Chaya Kupfer, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Baruch and Elaine Kupfer)… Michael and Dina Spirvak, a son (Grandparents Eddie and Debbie Herbst)… Saul and Melissa Ives, a daughter (Grandparents Robert and Annie Ives)… Yosef and Alana Adelman, a son (Grandparents Yisroel and Rivie Adelman; David and Ruth Adatto)… Yitzy and Libby Weiss of Toronto, a daughter (Grandparents Ira and Judy Weiss)… David and Rikki Mazlin of Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandparents Steve and Renee Mazlin; Shmulik and Beverly Kroll)… Nesanel and Hadassah Zhivalyuk, a son (Grandmother Elianna Weiss)… Benyamin and Adina Benarouche, a daughter (Grandparents Israel and Jacqueline Benarouche; David and Marlene Eisenberg)… Yosef and Naomi Manela, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Isaac Goor, son of Avi and Pamela Goor… Nosson Rubnitz, son of Rabbi Moshe and Estie Rubnitz… Shmuel Khoshbakhsh, son of Nasir and Jackie Khoshbakhsh… Yaakov Gewirtz, son of Yossi and Carrie Gewirtz.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Sarit Pogrow to Yisroel Thaler… Mordechai Stern, son of Rabbi Eli and Robin Stern, to Sori Raizman of Chicago… Avi Zuman, son of Dr. Betzalel and Devorah Zuman, to Rivka Feder of Lakewood, NJ.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Mat and Shiri Twito, a daughter.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Zoe Levin, daughter of Dan Levin and Galyn Susman.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Welcome: Eliot and Sandy Klugman, formerly of Palo Alto, CA

TARZANA, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Chili and Yocheved Birnbaum, a daughter (Grandparents Stan and Cathy Hoffman).

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Avi and Rachel Wizenfeld, two daughters (Grandparents Isaac and Cecelie Wizenfeld)… Aryeh and Ellie Freylicher, a son (Grandparents Alexander and Ritz Freylicher).

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Yehuda Jawary, son of Ron and Beth Jawary, to Sarah Klein of Silver Spring, MD… Bina Mintz, daughter of Phil and Sarah Mintz, to Yoni Oscherowitz, daughter of Errol and Marlene Oscherowitz.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Birth: David and Jessica Ribner of Washington, D.C., a daughter (Grandparents Drs. Moshe and Marilyn Levi).

Letters To The Editor

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The Presidential Election

Thumbs Up On Editorial (I)

Congratulations on a well-written endorsement of Mitt Romney (“Mitt Romney for President,” editorial, Oct. 26).

Given a free hand if re-elected, Obama would, in my opinion, do a “Jimmy

Carter” – only worse, since the stakes have been considerably raised since then. In 1980,

the mullahs were holding a few dozen American hostages. Currently, they threaten the region and the world with the ghastly specter of a nuclear holocaust.

I trust the future of both the U.S. and Israel with Romney, not Obama.

Myron Hecker
New City, NY

Thumbs Up On Editorial (II)

I think you were right on point in your endorsement of Mitt Romney for president and in your concern that Israel will have a lot to lose if President Obama is reelected.

However, if Obama should be reelected, I sincerely hope to look back a year from now and say that you and I were very wrong.

Ruth Greenberg
(Via E-Mail)

Thumbs Down On Editorial (I)

You wax so eloquent in opposing the reelection of President Obama yet fail to appreciate how your opposition to Obama and support of Romney really amounts to nothing more than a logical leap.

Early on in the editorial you acknowledged that “there are those who can and do point to several pro-Israel actions President Obama has taken as being indicative of fundamental support for the Jewish state on his part. Indeed, some of those actions are unprecedented.”

Yet you then followed with, “HHowever, we believe it is clear that Mr. Obama came into office determined to significantly altered downward the decades-long special relationship between the U.S. and Israel….”

To be sure, you draw on the president’s personal history and general statements about foreign policy over time, which you interpret as supporting your theory. But it is just a theory and not necessarily more valid than the theories of those who see some of the president’s pro-Israel actions as leading to a contrary conclusion.

Noam Blum
(Via E-Mail)

Thumbs Down On Editorial (II)

I find it difficult to understand how you can so casually dismiss some of the significant things President Obama has done for Israel, which, as you noted, “have included supporting Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system; backing Israel during the controversies over the Goldstone Report and the Gaza flotilla fiasco; and opposing the Palestinians’ efforts for a unilateral declaration of statehood….”

As they say, these are not small potatoes.

I cannot deny that your arguments against the president raised some questions. But I believe that despite the absolute demonization of Obama that has become so commonplace in much of the Orthodox community (at least The Jewish Press made its case against the president without resorting to calumny, hyperbole and unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo), Romney represents more of a wild card in terms of Israel than does Obama.

Michael Gross
Los Angeles, CA

Get Out And Vote

Your editorial in support of Gov. Romney for president was well reasoned and persuasive. However, it represents only half the equation. Knowing that President Obama must be defeated is important. Equally important, though, especially for Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is acting upon that knowledge and showing up to vote next Tuesday, November 6.

The outcome in any one of those states may be so close that the vote of any single reader could determine the outcome in that state. In turn, that state could decide the national election.

May each reader of The Jewish Press exercise his power to affect our destiny. While we must all pray and say Tehillim for Israel, it is also essential to vote to remove Obama from office.

Mark Fishman
Fairfield, CT

Don’t Sit This One Out

The upcoming presidential election is the most crucial one of our lifetime. (Yes, we always say this, but this time it really is true.) Anyone paying attention to current events is aware of the runaway $16 trillion deficit spending by the federal government, and the debt with which our children and grandchildren will be burdened. Under Obama, taxes are sure to rise – for those who still have jobs.

And to those who have joined the entitlement culture and like the status quo – trust me, the money is running out.

Events In The West

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Events In The West: Over Shabbat, October 26-27, David Makovsky, a Ziegler distinguished fellow, the director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and one of the foremost experts on the current Israeli-American political landscape, will be the scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills… On November 2-3, Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Valley Village, CA will host an AIPAC Shabbaton on “The 2012 Elections: What you need to know about the upcoming elections and their effect on the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

Shul Updates: If you live in the Hancock Park/La Bea area of L.A. and don’t know what to do with your water bottles or can’t spend the time standing in line to recycle them, you can resolve the problem and give tzedakah at the same time. Contact Congregation Tifereth Tzvi, and they will send someone to pick up your bottles.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Leon and Avishag Kaplan, a daughter.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Edmundo and Esti Rosenberg, a son (Grandparents Michael and Sheryl Rosenberg)… Rabbi Aaron and Avigayil Gartner, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Meyer and Shulamith May)… Ben and Elana Vorspan, a son (Grandparents David and Bonnie Vorspan; Sol and Pearl Taylor)… Shmuel and Shoshana Halprin of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Reuven and Yehudis Orloff)… Yisroel and Nechama Munitz, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Sender and Gitty Munitz)… Dov and Rachele Teichman of NY, a son (Grandparents Sidney and Marcia Teichman)… Barry and Sari Stricke, a son (Grandparents Les and Stella Stricke)… Andy and Luaren Lauber of NY, a daughter (Grandparents Sam and Lila Pfefferman)… Yoni and Tali Weiss, a son (Grandparents Yaakov and Rayme Isaacs).

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Mimi Mendelsohn, daughter of Ed Mendelsohn and Frances Mendelsohn, to Jake Green of Teaneck, NJ… Brian Schames, son of Dr. Yossi and June Schames, to Debbie Schwartz of West Orange, NJ.

Congratulations: Rabbi Eli Broner is the new director of Campus Life and Alumni Relations at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Eitan and Leah Esan, a son.

Mazel Tov –Bar Mitzvah: Benyamin Helwani, son Yosef and Gail Helwani.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvahs: Daniella Engel, daughter of Alan and Rachel Engel… Chaya Daffner, daughter of Shmuel and Tonda Daffner.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Shmuel and Shoshana Drossman, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Israel and Dr. Phyllis Hirsch).

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Elyah Weiser, son of Rabbi Simcha and Betty Weiser.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: David Last, son of Rabbi Benjamin and Sheryl Last.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Pesha Kletenik, daughter of Rabbi Moshe and Rivi Kletenik, to Chezky Werzberger of New York.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Torah’s Concern For The Oppressed

Ronn Torossian (“Sheldon Adelson’s Umbrella,” op-ed, Aug. 3) seems to be deeply bothered that wealthy American Jews still harbor certain liberal values typical of less advantaged demographics, lamenting that “Jews earn like the rich establishment but vote like poor recent immigrants.”

Well, this doesn’t bother me much at all. The Torah enjoins us time and time again to remember that we were slaves in Egypt, strangers in a foreign land, among the most lowly, needy, and despised. “You should not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9). The Torah demands that we keep before us always the interests of the less privileged.

So if concern for the interests of the disadvantaged is the only idea secular-liberal American Jews have ever gotten from the Torah, I say they have a sounder understanding of Torah than those of their more observant contemporaries who are increasingly trying to promote Judaism as a religion of wealth, privilege, and extravagance.

Torossian ruefully observes that “Every other socioeconomic group in the country moved rightward as their socioeconomic position improved – every group but the Jews.” I don’t know if that statement is true. But if it is, good for us.

David Fass
Teaneck, NJ

Overhauling Orthodox Education (I)

Kudos a thousand times over to Rabbi Dov Lipman for his Aug. 3 op-ed article, “Overhauling Orthodox Education to Make Better Jews.” He expressed what has been on my mind (and, I’m sure, the minds of others) for years.

It is a shame that many if not most young men coming out of our all-boys’ yeshivas can hardly speak Hebrew (or, for that matter, foreign languages such as Spanish that are useful in today’s world). Many boys who complete their yeshiva years barely understand what they’re saying when they daven.

Doris Davis
Long Beach, NY

Overhauling Orthodox Education (II)

I could not agree more with Rabbi Dov Lipman’s call to reassess and revamp our yeshiva system and the way our Torah educators teach our children. I was absolutely appalled by the story he shared regarding the young religious man who insisted on being paid more than what his passenger initially offered. If this is the mindset – Torah study above all else (thoughtfulness, generosity, acts of kindness with no strings attached, etc.) – then clearly something needs to change.

It is encouraging to know that there are many Orthodox yeshivot that do emphasize chesed, derech eretz, and midot tovot. The schools my children attend have established chesed programs as well as wonderful role models in the rebbes and morot who teach them.

I found it interesting that Rabbi Lipman made no mention of parents and the very active role they play in the nurturing and development of their children as true Torah Jews. Yes, it is imperative that our yeshivot look to instill in our children a sense of Torah im derech eretz, but this can only be accomplished if done in tandem with parents.

Annie Schneider
West Hempstead, NY

Thumbs Up For Dirshu

As someone who admires the work being done by Dirshu, I applaud your editorial on the Dirshu Siyum HaShas in Israel. As you said, it was a true celebration of Torah and its pivotal place in Jewish life.

I was also intrigued by Rabbi Hofstadter’s plan to promote more serious Daf Yomi study by underwriting rewards to those successfully passing examinations on the materials they covered. It is an interesting and potentially significant innovation that could make a big difference.

Chaim Aaronson
Jerusalem

Those Romney ‘Gaffes’

In “The Romney Uproar in Perspective” (editorial, Aug. 3), you gave a much appreciated back of the hand to all those media types who ridiculed Mitt Romney’s supposed gaffes in the course of his Middle East trip. As you demonstrated, their criticism was basically partisan blather.

David Gordon
(Via E-Mail)

Romney And Israel

I was happy to read Mitt Romney’s recent speech in Jerusalem (“Israel and America, Bound Together,” front page essay, Aug. 3). I have been around long enough to know that presidential candidates are willing to say just about anything to sway voters, so I take what he said with a grain of salt. However, at least he talks about what he sees as a fundamental tie between Israel and America and his personal affinity for the Jewish state and its current prime minister.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Other Nations’ Promises

Western nations, led by the U.S., constantly demand that Israel take greater and greater geopolitical risks for possible peace, namely in making territorial concessions that are to be compensated by proffered Western military aid and support.

Yet for the past 15 months, while the Syrian regime has engaged in the horrific mass murder of thousands of its opponents, NATO and the U.S. have repeatedly refused to intervene militarily to stop the slaughter.

Consequently we see that Israel, as has been the case since 1948, can depend only on Almighty God and a mighty IDF.

Henry J. Moscovic
Flushing, NY

Coke’s Hubris

Maybe I’m naïve, but I cannot understand how Coca-Cola refuses to honor the claims of the Bigio family (“The Egyptian Jew Who’s Battling Coca-Cola,” front page essay, June 8). What hubris!

From the article it seems clear that Coke is relying on an interpretation of law that recognizes the legitimacy of a sovereign nation seizing the property of its own citizens, or property located within its borders, as long as the country’s laws authorize it. It also seems obvious that Coke does not dispute the fact that until the seizure of their property by Nasser, the Bigios were the rightful owners. And Nasser took the Bigios’ property only because they were Jewish.

I think it is disgraceful that Coca-Cola profits from a seizure most Americans would consider wrong. Perhaps the company should have thought twice before buying the tainted property from Nasser’s government in the first place.

Arthur Rappaport
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Hubris (I)

After reading “Mr. Obama’s Monumental Hubris” (editorial, June 8) and its recitation of national security leaks that serve to cast the president in a positive light, as well as your earlier editorials concerning the administration’s adding Obama’s alleged accomplishments to biographical sketches of past presidents on the White House website, I no longer doubt that Obama thinks everything and anything can and should be used to get him reelected.

I find it very sad that someone who seemed to have so much promise is acting like a Third World dictator.

Devorah Katz
Los Angeles, CA

Obama’s Hubris (II)

Reader Michael Brenner missed the point (Letters, June 8) when he took The Jewish Press to task for having challenged President Obama’s amending biographies of past presidents contained on the official White House website by adding favorable references to himself. Contrary to Mr. Brenner’s What, Me Worry? reaction to this unprecedented action, it really is a big deal and we should all be concerned about it.

Does it not trouble him that anyone consulting the White House public biographies will automatically be exposed to the president’s campaign rhetoric? To be sure, a sitting president inevitably enjoys certain perks that come with the office, but this seems way out of line and alarming.

Howard Wachtel
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Hubris (III)

It is unfortunate that Michael Brenner in his letter to the editor perpetuates the canard that those of us in the frum community who are critical of President Obama are either unfair, racist, or both. This president really is different from any of his predecessors – not because of the color of his skin but because of the way he seeks to change our country. There is nothing “unfair” about pointing this out.

Yossi Trachtenberg
(Via E-Mail)

Internet Asifa (I)

I wonder what reader Joey Aron was referring to when he wrote about the “myriad of solutions” “inspired” by the asifa (Letters, June 8). Can anyone point me to something we didn’t know about before? Are we really any different now that the asifa has come and gone?

Allan Bloom
(Via E-Mail)

Internet Asifa (II)

Joey Aron in his letter captured the sentiment of most of us who were initially skeptical about the prospects for success of the asifa but were pleasantly surprised. At the risk of hyperbole, I can’t think of a greater danger than misuse of the Internet.

Pinchas Eisen
Jerusalem

Remember Pollard

I wholeheartedly agree with reader Hazel Levin (Letters, June 8) that we should never miss an opportunity to draw attention to the plight of Jonathan Pollard. His remaining in jail all this time is a continuing statement of rebuke to the Jewish state and an indulgence of the late Caspar Weinberger’s contempt for it.

Mark Norman
(Via E-Mail)

Drawing A Line

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

History Repeating?

I found Abraham Rabinovich’s account of the lead-up to the Six-Day War (“An Unintended Conquest,” front page essay, May 18) extremely moving. What was most compelling about the piece – in addition to its depiction of the great valor of Israel’s soldiers – was the lesson that in the final analysis, Israel must take ultimate responsibility for its own security.

As Rabinovich reminds us, the U.S. counseled patience and promised Israel military support if it were attacked. Maybe the Johnson administration would have fulfilled that promise, but the outcome of the war was dramatically determined by Israel’s decision to follow its own lights.

Indeed, Rabnovich’s account of President Johnson’s pressure on Prime Minister Eshkol “to desist from military action in order to give the international community time to resolve the problem” sounds very much like the situation today with regard to U.S. policy on Iran.

Michael Zilber New York, NY

Seeing Both Sides

The controversy over the Tal law is generating more heat than light (“Israel’s New Coalition Government Showing Early Strains Over Tal Law,” front page news story, May 18).

Opponents of deferments for yeshiva students need to address the fact that most Western countries, including the United States, have similar rules for religious school students. They should also explore how a Jewish state that bases its legitimacy on Divine Providence could place restrictions on the right to study God’s Torah or abandon the concept that learning Torah mightily contributes to Israel’s security.

They should also reconsider their complaint that haredi youth do not have their lives disrupted the way non-haredi youth do when they serve in the army. After all, haredi youth are essentially stagnant in terms of secular careers and so generally do not compete for jobs with non-haredi young people.

On the other hand, it’s hard to quarrel with parents of Israel’s non-haredi youth who ask why their children should be put in harm’s way while their haredi counterparts are not.

Cynthia Niss (Via E-Mail)

Doctoring Documents (I)

Kudos to The Jewish Press for continuing to shine the spotlight on President Obama’s insistence on playing fast and loose with our country’s laws and traditions (“Doctoring Documents Postscript,” editorial, May 18). The mainstream media obviously aren’t interested and other Jewish publications are seemingly afraid of being perceived as too critical of Obama.

Keith Adler Sacramento, CA

Doctoring Documents (II)

It is surely the height of hypocrisy and hubris for Obama administration officials to engage in such nefarious – if not actually illegal – actions of “scrubbing” all references to “Jerusalem, Israel” in Bush-era documents and arrogantly assuming they can get away with it.

The incontrovertible mendacity in this flagrant attempt to deny Israel’s valid 3,000-year-old claim to Jerusalem and the deliberate falsification of government records should elicit harsh criticism from all quarters.

Fay Dicker Lakewood, NJ

Wait And See

Now that Prime Minister Netanyahu has established himself as the leader of a coalition that for the present holds 94 out of the 120 seats in the Knesset, it will be important to see what his agenda will be and whether the parties on the right as well as members of his own Likud Party will endorse or reject that program. Certainly the addition of a split Kadima Party with limited prospects for maintaining its 28 Knesset seats was a boon not only to Netanyahu but to Kadima, which was facing a very uncertain electoral future.

For the future, it will be important to note whether the party platform of Kadima becomes secondary to that of the Likud or shares equal status. Israeli voters, while giving Kadima a slight numerical advantage over Likud, veered to the right in the 2008 elections granting the conservative parties control based on a more forceful approach to negotiations and further enlargement of Jewish cities and towns beyond the temporary pre-1967 armistice lines.

The first test of the new Netanyahu coalition will be its attitude toward the “settlements.” The second will be whether it chooses to weaken its negotiating stance vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority. And, finally, the third will be its response to the Iranian nuclear bomb program. Then and only then will we know whether the security of Israel has been enhanced or diminished by the formation of the coalition.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Jews And Obama (I)
I was alarmed by the report that a majority of American Jews support President Obama for reelection in November (“With Election Six Months Away, Obama Still Leads Among Jews,” front page news story, May 4).

It is difficult for me to understand how American Jews could be taken in by the president. As you have noted in your editorials for many months, there is little to suggest that his sharp about-face on the Middle East was dictated by anything other than his fear of losing the support of the Jewish community and other supporters of Israel.

Should he end up being reelected with the support of the Jewish community and indeed revert back to his past positions on the Middle East, we will have only ourselves to blame.
Richard Wilner
(Via E-Mail)

 

Jews And Obama (II)
It may be an uncomfortable reality for those of us in the Orthodox community to accept, but most non-Orthodox Jews have never shared our vision of a greater Israel beyond the Green Line. They are therefore comforted by Obama’s constant refrain of his “rock solid” commitment to Israel’s security – even though that commitment does not necessarily refer to East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

And of course the vast majority of American Jews support the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party. So despite the constant – and indeed mindless – demonization of Obama on many Orthodox blogs and websites, most of our fellow Jews will happily vote for him in November. And then we’ll realize just how small and relatively insignificant a force we are in national politics.
Miriam Adelman
Los Angeles, CA

 

Jews And Obama (III)
If Obama wins a second term he will be free to restart his attacks on Israel, decimate the economy and military and pursue his stated goal to “fundamentally transform” America.

Obama enjoys the support of almost every Jewish politician and a majority of American Jews despite his clear hostility to Israel and the damage he has done to the interests of Jews and all other productive, working Americans.

Jews who support a president who is a danger to Israel and wants to fundamentally transform the best country in history for Jews exhibit a profound self-destructive mental pathology that defies logic and understanding.
George Rubin
New York, NY

 

Wiesel And Obama
It is not surprising that Elie Wiesel would say nothing about President Obama’s homogenizing the Holocaust but bend over backward to create the false impression that Prime Minister Netanyahu did the same thing and criticize him for it (“Wiesel Versus Netanyahu,” editorial, May 4.)

Wiesel, for all his gravitas and dues he has paid, has long been a Democratic Party partisan. Only recently he called upon Mitt Romney to condemn the Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing Jews. It is a deplorable practice, to be sure, but what does Romney have to do with it? He is a presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, not “The Mormon Candidate.” Why do I believe Wiesel was trying to make the American public uncomfortable with Romney’s faith?

I don’t recall Wiesel calling on candidate Obama to denounce the Reverend Wright or criticizing Obama for being Wright’s devoted parishioner for more than 20 years.
Max Greenstein
(Via E-Mail)

 

Pollard And Peres (I)
Last week’s Pollard editorial (“The Pollard Petition”) pointed to an interesting anomaly. President Shimon Peres is soon to be presented with America’s highest civilian award by President Obama, doubtless with great rhetoric. Yet someone who spied for Israel during Peres’s term as Israel’s prime minister will continue to languish in jail unless Obama grants him a pardon, something he and his predecessors have refused to do despite calls for the same from many former high U.S. government and elected officials.

If the spying episode, for which the former prime minister is ultimately responsible since it happened on his watch, is not considered reason enough to deny Peres such great honor, why is it considered reason enough to keep the hapless Pollard in jail?
Saul Kaminer
(Via E-Mail)

 

Pollard And Peres (II)
I’m not sure I understand the logic of petitioning Israeli President Shimon Peres to do more to persuade President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard. Peres has done much on Pollard’s behalf, as has Prime Minister Netanyahu, all to no avail.

The resistance to freeing Pollard has come from several U.S. presidents and American defense and intelligence bureaucrats.

Yes, the continued incarceration of Pollard under a life sentence is unprecedented given his spying for an ally of the United States and is grossly disproportionate to the sentences meted out to spies who pleaded guilty to the level of crime he committed. And it is all too often overlooked that Pollard did not plead guilty to espionage, but to stealing classified documents, a much lesser crime. But what does any of that have to do with Israeli leaders?
Asher Weinberg
Jerusalem

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