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Iran Deal’s Ramifications

Re: “Netanyahu at UN: Don’t Sweep Iran Threat Under the Rug” (news story, Oct. 9):

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The prime minister is obviously correct. Official acceptance of the nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t mean that all or even many of the serious problems associated with it were somehow fixed or went away.

I am a senior citizen who tries to follow current events and can honestly say I have never heard of such an openly flawed agreement being so successfully rammed down the throats of the people of the world.

I worry about the ramifications of the Iran deal. I fear for my grandchildren and future generations when the mad ayatollahs succeed in making nuclear weapons. I’m old enough to remember when someone else told the world he was going to eliminate the “Jewish problem.” No one imagined he could be serious. And then we had the Holocaust.

Sylvia Rothman
Jerusalem

 

Policies Designed To Humble U.S.

Reader Nelson Marans was right on the money last week (Letters, Oct. 9). President Obama will have a lot to answer for once historians are able to sift through his presidential papers.

I’m convinced that many of the policies his supporters honestly believe represent efforts to champion U.S. interests will be shown to have originated in a determination to humble our great nation.

Obama’s actions have been all about calling America to account for, in the view of radical leftists, having imposed its will on hapless third world countries.

Michael Bell
(Via E-Mail)

 

The Henkins And Their Killers

I was moved by the accounts in last week’s issue about the murder by terrorists of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

Rabbi Eitam Henkin’s life was one of devotion to Torah and academic accomplishment. He and his wife used their God-given gifts well and appeared destined for lives filled with great achievements.

And yet their lives were snuffed out in a moment of senseless but purposeful violence by ciphers who didn’t even know the Henkins’ names, much less the goodness they represented. The only thing they knew was that the Henkins were Jews.

Aviva Klein
(Via E-Mail)

 

The Forgotten Jewish Aviator

Thank you for Saul J. Singer’s front page essay on flying pioneer Charles Levine (“The Jewish Aviator Who Almost Beat Lindbergh,” Oct. 2).

This past June I joined a mission from the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. One of the people we met was Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). In mentioning his ties to the Jewish community, Markey told us his wife is a granddaughter of Charles Levine. I had never heard of him, but my friend sitting next to me started singing “Charles Levine and his flying machine” under his breath.

The senator also said Charles Levine was born in North Adams, a town in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, near the borders of Vermont and New York.

Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky
Longmeadow, MA

 

Stark Measures Needed

Israel has to make some tough decisions if it is to put down the latest upsurge of Arab terrorism.

Israeli security personnel who encounter and confront terrorists in the act of violence must shoot to kill (regardless of the age or gender of the perpetrators or the weapons they use). The remains of deceased terrorists should not be returned for burial (in order to prevent the religious benefit of martyrdom).

Terrorists who manage to survive the confrontation and are ultimately convicted of perpetrating violence should be deported to Gaza together with their families. Their homes must be destroyed. Prison sentences are not effective. They merely serve as motivation for the enemy to kidnap innocent Israelis.

The world is indifferent to the suffering of Israel’s citizens. There will be no “help” from Israel’s “friends.” If Israel hopes to survive, it must take aggressive initiative.

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