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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Continuing The Rebbetzin’s Columns (I)

I want to thank you for your decision to continue publishing Rebbetzin Jungreis’s columns. As you put it in the editor’s note accompanying last week’s column, the Rebbetzin is no longer with us but her message is eternal. It matters not that the columns you’ll be running have previously appeared in the paper; after all, Torah study consists of much review and repetition and the Rebbetzin was a Torah teacher par excellence.

Shmuel Lazar
(Via E-Mail)


Continuing The Rebbetzin’s Columns (II)

Hopefully you will run the Rebbetzin’s old columns for many years to come. I have been a subscriber to The Jewish Press for about 45 years. When I receive the paper at my front door, the first column I’ve always turned to is Rebbetzin’s Viewpoint. It has inspired me for all these years.

Thank you for “listening” to the readers who wrote in asking you to continue her column.

Malka Skolnick
(Via E-Mail)


Outstanding Oriana

Jason Maoz’s Sept. 16 op-ed column, “Oriana Fallaci and the Suicide of the West,” was excellent.

An outstanding journalist and author, Oriana Fallaci was  also a brilliant human being. Despite her upbringing and early life as an ultra-leftist, she came to the realization that Islamic fundamentalists are a grave danger to our world.

To sum up her message in her own words, “Islamism is the new Nazi-Fascism.  With Nazi-Fascism, no compromise is possible. No hypothetical tolerance. And those who do not understand this simple reality are feeding the suicide of the West.”

George Epstein
Los Angeles, CA


Not Enamored Of Trump (I)

I share reader Myron Hecker’s devotion to Israel, but I wish I shared his conviction, expressed in several letters to the editor in recent months and most recently in your Sept. 16 issue, that Donald Trump will be an unparalleled champion of Israel should he make it to the White House.

I would remind Mr. Hecker that earlier this year, when he was unscripted and responding off the top of his head to a question about whom he would lean on more in any negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Trump said: “Let me be sort of a neutral guy…. I don’t want to say whose fault it is – I don’t think that helps.”

And a few weeks later, he told the Associated Press that in order for any Mideast negotiations to succeed, “a lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal – whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things.”

It was only after he was hammered for those statements – by, among others, Hillary Clinton – that Trump had his son-in-law (and the editor of the newspaper owned by his son-in-law) write up a pro-Israel speech that he, Trump, read off a teleprompter at the AIPAC conference.

Sorry, Mr. Hecker, but the fact that Donald Trump, facing a barrage of criticism for his earlier statements, read a pro-Israel speech written by others from a teleprompter doesn’t give me a great deal of confidence in where he really stands.

Gary Cohen
(Via E-Mail)


Not Enamored Of Trump (II)

Re the letter from Trump supporter Myron Hecker:

If I thought there was even the slightest possibility that Hillary Clinton is the anti-Israel demon some in our community make her out to be, I would swallow my very strong reservations about Trump and vote for him.

But Hillary had a solid record on Israel during her years as a U.S. senator, and while I don’t agree with her position on Israeli settlements, the fact is it has been U.S. policy for more than four decades, no matter the president or secretary of state, to oppose the building of settlements. So articulating that position does not make one anti-Israel. (And as I’m sure Mr. Hecker knows, a significant percentage of the Israeli public also opposes settlement building.)

But I, like so many others, am completely put off by Trump’s unending string of defaming others, his shoot-from-the-hip statements, his dangerously shallow understanding of the world, and his habit of changing his positions whenever it suits his mood or audience and then claiming the latest position is the one he’d always held.

And then there’s the almost total lack of substance in what he says. No one – including Trump – has any idea how he’ll build that wall on the border with Mexico, let alone how he’ll force the Mexican government to pay for it. And despite all his talk about how he loves veterans and will do wonders for them, he hasn’t offered a single detail about what he’d do in that regard. Nor has he said a word about what will come after he implements his vow to “abolish Obamacare” – other than his nonsensical promise to replace it with “something terrific.”

I will be watching the upcoming debates with extreme interest and an open mind. Maybe Trump will surprise me with a reasoned and sober presentation and maybe Hillary will underwhelm with a weak and dispirited performance. But right now I cannot fathom what people like Mr. Hecker see in Donald Trump.

Elise Markowitz
(Via E-Mail)

Not Enamored Of Clinton

In typical Clinton fashion, any challenge to Hillary’s presidential ambition engenders the usual reflex actions to protect her by a complicit mainstream media and her army of apologists and sycophants (“Hillary’s Health and Secretiveness Are the Paramount Issues,” editorial, Sept. 16).

It has long been evident that The New York Times can no longer be judged as a respected newspaper deserving of the journalistic credibility it had earned in years gone by. Sadly, the paper’s propensity to jump to Hillary’s defense by putting the emphasis on both candidates to be open and transparent is clearly one-sided and driven by politics.

The hubris exhibited by Hillary in calling for Donald Trump to release his tax returns because he must have something to hide is the ultimate hypocrisy when she has refused to reveal the contents of Wall Street speeches for which she earned millions of dollars.

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Israeli Postal Service Delivers Letters to God at the Wall Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Israel Post Director General Danny Goldstein on Monday met with Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, to deliver to him a consignment of letters addressed to God. The holy mail was delivered ahead of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and will be placed in the cracks and crevices of the ancient stones of what used to be a supporting wall for the Temple. The letters were posted from Israel as well as from Russia, China, France, Nigeria, Spain, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

Letters to God

Letters to God

Hundreds of letters are mailed to Israel annually addressed to “God,” “Jesus,” “Our Dear Father in Heaven” and “the Western Wall.” These letters, most of which lack a return address, are sent to the Israel Post Lost and Found Dept., which then sends them, every few months, to be placed among the stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Back in 2006, a company called Letter to God Ltd. announced a service of placing letters to God, written on the customer’s home computer, in the cracks and crevices of the Western Wall. We are not sure what happened to them, but their website, letter2god.com, is available for the right price. Another example of free enterprise losing out to the nanny state.


Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Rebbetzin’s Columns (I)

Might The Jewish Press consider continuing to publish Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’s inspirational weekly columns?

In my opinion, this would perpetuate and enhance her spiritual presence in our lives.

Jerrold Terdiman, MD
Woodcliff Lake, NJ


Rebbetzin’s Columns (II)

Rebbetzin Jungreis’s columns were always so uplifting and filled with Torah wisdom. I hope you will consider running her past columns so that readers will continue to benefit from her insights and advice.

Miriam Goldman
(Via e-Mail)

Editor’s Reply: Starting this week we are doing precisely what Dr. Terdiman, Ms. Goldman, and many other readers suggested. See page 11 for the Rebbetzin’s column.



Presidential Politics (I)

Hillary Clinton has vociferously and repeatedly stated how great a job Barack Obama has done for almost eight years. She has praised and defended his policies, both domestic and foreign. This, of course, includes his stance toward Israel.

Can any Jewish American, no matter how liberal, defend and agree with Obama’s overtly unfriendly demeanor toward Prime Minister Netanyahu? A true friend of Israel would have the guts to state that the safety, security, and existence of Israel will never be compromised.

Shouldn’t we, as Jews, be fed up with the “even-handedness” we’ve all lived with – that same even-handedness that refuses to publicly and loudly state that the world’s greatest problem isn’t global warming, but radical Islamic terrorism?

Obama won’t say it and neither will Hillary.

Odd, isn’t it, that the victim of vile, unsubstantiated charges of anti-Semitism, Donald Trump, says it everywhere he speaks?

Myron Hecker
New City, NY


Presidential Politics (II)

It is my opinion, based on everything I’ve watched and read, that Hillary Clinton is not guilty of a moderate to a significant amount of the accusations leveled against her.

But even if she were guilty of all of them, I would still prefer her as president to Donald Trump. In such a scenario – deplorable as it would be – at least she would muddle through, and life would go on pretty much as we know it.

But if Donald Trump were elected president the scenario would be not merely deplorable but absolutely frightening. Giving this man with an immature disposition, a hair-trigger temper, and a habit of changing his positions on important issues by the hour access to the nuclear codes would, I fear, endanger the future of our planet, and life as we know it.

Harold Allen
(Via E-Mail)


Open Letter To Netanyahu

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

I respectfully and unequivocally state that not one word of the 1968 PLO Charter has ever been changed pursuant to Clause 33 of the Charter which states “that no changes in the charter can be made unless 2/3 of the membership of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) vote for a change.”

There is no written PLO Charter in existence other than the original 1964 PLO Charter and its amended 1968 version. The only special PNC session pertaining to the charter which has ever been held occurred in April 1996. Before the resolution was given to the PNC members, PNC Chairman Za’noun delivered a speech and stated the following: “But the version which was drafted is the least damaging that we could submit. It gives us an extension of six months until the Central Council convenes. And then the Central Council will discuss it. And it is within its rights to say they leave it for the National Council.”

Za’noun’s words clearly meant that the resolution was intended to delay any change in the Charter and still fulfill Article XXXI paragraph 9 of the Interim Agreement. This clause required that within two months from the date of the inauguration of the Interim Agreement, the PLO undertakes to have the Palestinian National Council meet to approve the charter changes in the September 1993 exchange of letters between Arafat and Rabin.

The PNC voted for a two-clause resolution. Clause One did not mention one specific clause annulment. It was a generalized statement that the PNC had decided to amend the Charter and cancel articles that opposed the September 1993 exchange of letters between Arafat and Rabin. Clause Two assigns the legal committee the responsibility of redrafting the Palestinian National Charter which will later be presented to the PCC during its first meeting. There is no evidence that any segment of Clause Two was ever fulfilled. There is no mention of Clause Two in any document after the 1996 PNC resolution. No other Palestinian document pertaining to the charter or the 1996 PNC Resolution was ever published until Arafat’s January 1998 letter to President Clinton.

Arafat boldly lied in the letter by stating that the April 1996 PNC Resolution resulted in 12 annulments (clauses 6-10, 15, 19-23, and 30) and 14 partial annulments (clauses 1-5, 11-14, 16-18, 25-27 and 29). Arafat in the letter converted the generalized language of Clause One into his own specific charter annulments and partial annulments. There is not one iota of evidence to sustain this untruthful conversion.

No special PNC session pertaining to the Charter other than the April 1996 meeting has ever been held.

The most powerful arguments Israel has as to why it should not meet with the Palestinians now is that Palestinian leaders have never changed one word of their charter’s declared goal of destroying Israel.

Additionally, Hamas has a charter that is even worse than the PLO’s. The 1998 Hamas Charter preamble states: “Surat Al-Imran (111), verses 109-11: Israel will arise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.”

And Clause 11 of the 1998 Hamas Charter declares that the land of Palestine has been and is an Islamic Wafq in perpetuity.

If Israel were to present to world leaders and international bodies some recent PMW and MEMRI translations of PATV programs, some recent Palestinian newspaper articles, some recent inflammatory statements by Palestinian officials, and some Friday sermons by Palestinian imams combined with the above charters, no reasonably objective party could object to your refusal to meet with Abbas or any Hamas official.

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

‘My Rebbetzin’

I first met Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, a”h, in November 1979 when she came to London for a family wedding. The chief rabbi at that time, Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, z”l, invited her to speak at St. John’s Wood Shul and that was the meeting that changed my life.

I had been finding it very difficult to overcome the loss of my mother, a”h, four years earlier. It was Rebbetzin Jungreis who helped me through that difficult time. She re-ignited my neshamah and gave meaning to my life once again.

She became my spiritual mother, always ready to help me. We spoke regularly over the years, usually every other week. She showered me with love and many berachas.

We always remembered each other’s birthdays and family yahrzeits.

She asked me to be her representative here in the UK and so I founded Hineni London, selling her tapes, promoting her books, and helping to arrange engagements for her here.

I always had the honor of escorting the Rebbetzin up to the stage and introducing her to audiences.

I saw with my own eyes at many events both in London and New York the effect her speeches had on so many young people who were not observant – who did not know how to daven or what to say when given a siddur or sefer Tehillim. The Rebbetzin never looked down on anyone but instead lifted individuals spiritually and made them smile. Very often I saw them reduced to tears and touched by the warmth and kindness of the Rebbetzin.

She was a trailblazer – a unique and wonderful person who meant so much to so many people all over the world.

I thank Hashem for bringing Rebbetzin Jungreis into my life. I know she will have a special place in the Olam Ha’Emes for all the mitzvahs she performed in her lifetime.

She always told me that I was part of her, as she was part of me.

The pain I feel in my heart is that I will miss all the berachas she gave me – especially now before Rosh Hashanah – which were always very special.

I loved her and I will miss her for the rest of my life.

My rebbetzin. My friend. My mentor. My everything.

May her neshamah have an aliyah. I know she will do so much from the Olam Ha’Emes for her family and for all those she touched in her lifetime.

Frances Jay
London, UK
Albany Fair Article Way Too Negative

The tone of the article “Questions Surround New Kosher Food Booth at New York State Fair” (Sept. 2) was way too negative. Two wise sayings, one of American provenance, the other Talmudic, suggest why: “The perfect is the enemy of the good” and “Kol hatechilos kashot (All beginnings are difficult).”

After all previous attempts failed, having such a kosher facility at the Albany Fair was a significant accomplishment. It is intended to serve the vast majority of fairgoers likely to be seeking kosher provisions. Quibbling about its first-time location, the variety of offerings, or vendor selection process, is tomorrow’s task, not today’s.

Such a booth can only exist if profitable. Those who may have been offended at the lack of chalav Yisrael or who stayed away due to its unavailability should let organizers know. If there is indeed such a sizeable group, there is a good chance they can be accommodated.

Potential vendors in the past had repeatedly declined the opportunity to operate such a booth. That so many are now apparently interested in doing so is all to the good. While it’s always possible to do better, compliments rather than carping are far more due this time.

Richard D. Wilkins
Syracuse, NY


No ‘Pivot’ Here

Re “Grass Roots Supporters Seek to Boost Trump’s Popularity With Jewish Voters” (front page news story, Sept. 2):

I know many Jews who are leaning toward supporting Donald Trump were hoping he would soften his stance or at least his tone on illegal immigrants. People like former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani kept telling us he would. But as we saw last week, after a brief pivot to a more moderate-sounding position, he reverted to his red-meat approach as soon as he was in a hall full of his devoted fans.

Some pundits speculated this was merely a performance on Trump’s part because he feared losing some of his base if he were perceived to be backing down even a little on illegal immigration. But I fear the “red meat” Trump is the real Trump. My hunch is that Trump has no worries about his base leaving him due to any change on this or any other issue. For in Trump’s own words a number of months ago, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

You can’t make these things up.

Alan Howard
Brooklyn, NY

Haredim And The IDF

Re “An Auspicious Haredi Generation Gap” (op-ed. Aug. 5):

The good news is that Israel’s haredim in growing numbers are fitting into the workplace and the army. It is particularly pleasing to find that more and more of them are either serving in the army or want to do so. They will add an intensified Jewish spirit to the IDF that will eventually permeate through to the general population.

The only problem may be that some officers will find it difficult if not impossible to properly understand the needs of these soldiers. Perhaps secular officers will need special courses to acquire the psychological insight needed to mold – with patience and understanding – haredim into the best soldiers they can be.

The army has successfully faced lesser challenges. Meeting this one would go a long way toward making Israel a truly integrated country.

Toby Willig

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Heart And Soul

Incredible! The Jewish Press is the most remarkable newspaper I have ever read.  No other news publication has the heart and soul you display – and you give me facts, many of which I had not known.

As a scientist, I was quite familiar with Enrico Fermi’s contributions to nuclear physics, but I never knew of his Jewish relations and how that influenced his immigration to the U.S. I know all about that now, thanks to Saul Jay Singer’s Aug. 12 Collecting Jewish History column.

I was also fascinated by – and learned so much from – Mr. Singer’s Aug. 26 front-page essay on Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and UN secretary general and president of Austria Kurt Waldheim.

And I was unaware, before I read about it in The Jewish Press, that the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee is a Jew born in Rio de Janiero. Undoubtedly, Carlos Nuzman was responsible for the unprecedented special ceremony at his year’s games honoring the Munich Olympics Israeli terror victims.

Finally, I always look forward to Jason Maoz’s Week in Review: Stories That Didn’t Make the Front Pages. So much to learn…

Keep up the good work.

George Epstein
Los Angeles, CA


Remembering Rebbetzin Jungreis (I)

I was shocked when I learned of the passing of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, of blessed memory. She was a major inspiration to me and a big influence on my decision to move from my hometown to Brooklyn where I could experience a more Jewish cultural and religious way of living.

Her unique approach to raising Jewish consciousness cannot be replaced.

Sherine Levine
(Via E-Mail)


Remembering Rebbetzin Jungreis (II)

Rebbetzin Jungreis spread her blessings to so many. A survivor of the Holocaust, she took it upon herself to reach out through her life and actions to those in search of their roots. She changed so many lives for the good.

May her memory be a blessing.

Dr. Elie Feuerwerker
Highland Park, NJ


Remembering Rebbetzin Jungreis (III)

I was saddened to read about the passing of Rebbetzin Jungreis. I met her when I first moved into this community some 30 years ago and was very impressed with her middot and her mission of keeping the memory of the Shoah alive. And of course her kiruv work prevented many people from leaving Yiddishkeit and introduced so many others to religious observance.

Her family should be comforted knowing she was responsible for helping so many people. And indeed they continue to do the wonderful work she started. Her daughter Slovie and daughter-in-law Rifkie help so many people. Rifkie Jungreis helped me many years ago in dealing with my divorce. I am truly grateful for her help.

May the Jungreis family know no more unhappiness, and may we merit the coming of Mashiach.

Gisele Strauch
Brooklyn, NY


Remembering Rebbetzin Jungreis (IV)

Rebbetzin Jungreis brought sunshine, a loving smile, and Hashem’s light to all of us. May her memory, her words, and her work always be carried on for blessings.

Diane Bassman
(Via JewishPress.com)


Color Blind: Personal Reflections On The 1991 Crown Heights Pogrom

President Street, August 19, 1991: The sound of breaking glass shattered the peaceful interchange we were enjoying at our Monday night shiur. My neighbor Mirele, a”h, ran to the window and listened.

“It’s a pogrom,” she said.

There was no way on earth any of us who had gathered for our weekly learning session could have envisioned the events that would unfold over the next several days.

My husband was at work and I frantically called to alert him to what was taking place so that he could protect himself. Later that evening, Baruch Hashem, he made it safely home walking behind a group of rioters.

Our neighbor and his son were attacked in front of our building. Rather than assisting them, a photographer took the iconic picture that is still often circulated: the father, his prone body portrayed for all to see, his terrified son huddled behind him.

The shouts of “Get the Jews!” could be heard. It was hard to believe that in America in 1991 (10 years before 9/11) that hateful chant could fill the air.

Then there were the practical issues.

Food was running out but we would be putting our lives in danger if we ventured out.

Those who destroyed indiscriminately continued to do so for days. Yet despite the danger, my black neighbor put her own life at risk to get food for us.

Offers of assistance came from friends on the other end of town and from friends who lived out of town. Some were hatching plans to rescue us but my husband was adamant: No one was going to drive him out of his home!

When things got quieter and one could venture outdoors, my husband was interviewed by a reporter who wanted to know if this experience had changed his attitude toward blacks. He responded without hesitation: “Nothing has changed” because he had respect for all people, regardless of their color or creed.

I do remember feeling very angry when I recognized a seasoned TV reporter doing a report when things had quieted down. I wondered, where was he when we were in danger? Should I assume the story he was preparing was simply a day’s work for him?

A dear friend who was a field reporter for ABC News wanted to snatch us away for protection – but, as mentioned, we were not going anywhere.

It is 25 years later. When I walk down my block I pass the site of the accident that claimed the life of little Gavin Cato. A fence has been erected to mark the incident.

I have to admit that since the pogrom I get nervous when I see a group of blacks walking together – but my behavior remains as it always was. I exchange pleasantries with my neighbors, both black and Jewish.

In that respect, I am indeed color blind.

Penina Metal
Brooklyn, NY

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Upset Over Albany Column

The August 19 Albany Beat column by Marc Gronich was an absolute outrage. The piece was titled “Orthodox Rabbis Urge Leniency In Child Porn Case.” It chronicled the efforts of rabbis and community leaders in Albany, New York, to help Michael Isaacson, who was convicted of distribution and possession of child pornography. Isaacson admitted to distributing the smut over the Internet and possessing over 1,000 image files and 30 video files.

Child pornography is a particularly heinous crime. It records young children involved in graphic and deviant sexual acts for the prurient enjoyment of a degenerate audience. The children who are used and abused in this manner carry a lifelong burden of emotional, mental, and spiritual injury. They are damaged forever.

Isaacson apparently became an observant Jew after his indictment two years ago. Certainly the rabbis who wrote letters on his behalf were well intentioned. In their minds they were engaging in chesed, in helping a fellow Jew. They asked for leniency in sentencing. His supporters said he is “kind, gentle, introverted, troubled and a good person.” All thought that with the proper rehabilitation Isaacson would “return as a positive member of our community and society.”

The reality, however, is quite sobering. The recidivism rate of sex offenders involving crimes against children is very high. Nevade State Prison psychologist Dr. Mace Knapp is quoted as saying, “The serial killer has the same personality characteristics as the sex offender against children.”

Child pornography is perhaps the ultimate sex crime aimed at children. The ability to distribute in volume through the Internet opens up horrific opportunities for abuse. It is quite disturbing that at no point, did the column discuss the children involved or their lives that were forever broken as a result of their participation in these pictures and videos.

The focus and consideration were solely aimed at Michael Isaacson and at accommodating his many needs. There was not one word of the victims of this crime, children who were robbed of their innocence, robbed of their childhoods, robbed of their futures.

Susan Birnbaum
(Via e-Mail)

Editor’s Response: Albany Beat is a roundup of state political news. It is not an opinion column and as such does not reflect the views of The Jewish Press or the writer. In this particular case, the column’s focus was on those well-intentioned individuals who sought leniency for Mr. Isaacson.

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Free Consultation

As I do every year at this time, I am offering a free telephone consultation to any parent whose child is not yet registered in a yeshiva/say school or Bais Yaakov.

Interested parents can call 718-758-9213 and leave a message. I will return your calls.

Dr. Joel S. Rosenshein
(Via e-Mail)

Editor’s Note: Dr. Rosenshein is a noted psychologist.


Meaningful Tisha B’Av Gathering

Kol hakovod to Jewish Press readers who braved heat-index temperatures above 100 degrees to join our most meaningful Tisha B’Av Minchah at the Isaiah Wall on behalf of Israel and Jews in danger worldwide.

The eloquent, pointed remarks by Shimon Mercer-Wood, the young dati spokesman for the Israeli Consulate, stirred our souls.

Glenn Richter
Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns



Presidential Politics (I)

I’m really getting tired of some of Donald Trump’s Jewish partisans continually referring to the Hillary Clinton/Suha Arafat embrace that occurred way back in 1999.

Clinton was listening to a translation of the speech on headphones. She said afterward that the translator did not convey Arafat’s claim that Israel was poisoning Palestinian wells, and that had she known Arafat made that accusation, she (Hillary) would have immediately condemned it.

Let’s remember the context: Hillary had just declared her candidacy for the U.S. Senate from New York. The last thing someone running for that office would do would be to embrace someone who had just made an awful, untrue claim about Israel. So there’s no reason not to believe her.

As first lady of the United States visiting Ramallah in 1999, Hillary had little choice but to give Suha a brief hug. Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu all shook Yasir Arafat’s bloodstained hands but people claim to have a problem with Hillary having given Arafat’s wife a brief hug?

After Hillary won a decisive victory in her Senate race (she would be reelected to a second term six years later in an even bigger landslide), she was universally praised for being one of Israel’s strongest defenders in Congress.

As for Hillary’s husband, poll after poll in Israel, during his presidency and in the years since, show him to be the most popular U.S. president of all time among Israelis.

Yerachmiel Gordon
Via E-Mail


Presidential Politics (II)

While reading Paul Kengor’s op-ed last week (“Trump’s Approach to Russia Is Weak and Dangerous”), I had one question throughout: Why does Dr. Kengor consider Russia a grave enemy of the United States? Why this obsession with Vladimir Putin?

Putin is no saint, but he is no Stalin either. Remember: the reason Russia was America’s enemy for 70 years is not because Russians are particularly evil people. It’s because Russia belonged to the Soviet Union, which was ideologically committed to exporting communism to the Western world. That commitment entailed undermining all capitalist countries – especially the United States, the symbol of the capitalist West.

The Cold War, though, ended in 1991. Putin may be a mini dictator, but he poses no threat to our country. Worst-case scenario is that he yearns to reign over a “Greater Russia” that includes all his country’s old territories (e.g., Latvia, Lithuania, etc.).

Even if that were true, though, that does not make him America’s enemy. Putin poses no threat to the United States or Western Europe, and its sheer lunacy to pretend otherwise.

If Dr. Kengor wasn’t so focused on criticizing Trump, perhaps he’d spend more time worrying about real threats to this country, such as radical Islam and China – threats Trump takes seriously but which our elected officials have ignored for far too long.

Dr. Kengor would then realize that Putin could actually be our ally in the fight against radical Islam, which threatens Russia as well. Indeed, if the radical jihadists lose in Syria, we will largely have Russia to thank for that.

Joshua Bernstein
(Via E-Mail)


Presidential Politics (III)

Donald Trump’s outright lie – which he repeated endlessly last week even after being told it was absolutely untrue – that President Obama founded ISIS was just the latest in the long series of misstatements, exaggerations, and falsehoods he’s told over the past year.

In fact, Obama organized a coalition of countries to fight ISIS and has launched more than 10,000 air strikes against ISIS targets. Does Trump even know that? Do his followers know that?

And do they know that in 2007, when George W. Bush was president, Trump actually supported a rapid withdrawal from Iraq – the very thing he’s now condemning Obama for doing several years later?

Back then, Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “You know how they get out? That’s how they get out. Declare victory and leave, because I’ll tell you, this country is just going to get further bogged down. They’re in a civil war over there, Wolf. There’s nothing that we’re going to be able to do with a civil war. They are in a major civil war.”

And yet Trump’s supporters insist he is an exemplar of honesty who “tells it like it is.” It would be funny if it weren’t so potentially dangerous for our country.

Yoel Geller
(Via E-Mail)


What Would You Do?

Questions for European leaders and our own John Kerry:

Would you meet with an adjacent neighbor if –

* they possessed many thousands missiles and their three major political parties had formal charters and a constitution calling for your destruction?

* their TV programs taught their people that the area of your country and their country are part of a “WAQF” which is a religious expression meaning it is a sacred area, and that not one grain of soil can belong to anyone else?

* they signed a prior agreement with you requiring them to annul clauses in their charter calling for your destruction in exchange for your conveyance of land to them – and while you did comply with your obligation, they in fact changed not one word of their charter?

* they honored as martyrs terrorists who murdered civilians of your country and almost daily incited their people against yours?

* they stated words of peace in your language and said exactly the opposite in their own language?

William K. Langfan
Palm Beach FL

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