Letters to the Editor
When Parties Compete, Israel Wins
I respectfully disagree with your article "It's time to stop making Israel a wedge issue in U.S. politics
Support for Israel is stronger among Republicans than Democrats. Unable to refute reality, Democratic supporters respond that Israel should not be a partisan issue. This response is short sighted. As a communal strategy, we benefit when there is competition for Jewish votes. Both parties are entitled to credit and criticism as to how their policies impact on our community.
-- Aaron Finestone, Philadelphia, PA
Not Only Sharonistas Support Israel
I respectfully differ with Aaron Finestone's characterization that
"support for Israel is stronger among Republicans than Democrats." Sharonistas like
Finestone would like to believe that support for Israel's every action, no matter
how ill conceived or poorly executed, is a measure of one's commitment to a Jewish
State in the promised land of the Jewish people. The misguided belligerence of aggressive
military action in Lebanon or the Territories, and the territorial acquisitiveness
of the Allon plan, have hardly led to a secure Israel. Indeed, the wisdom of Menahem
Begin's concessions continues to shine as a light to the nations. If blind support
for aggressive policies is the measure of support for Israel, then Finestone would
place me and others -- both Democrats and Republicans -- as somehow construed against
Israel. However, Finestone is mistaken. Those who disagree with the Sharonistas
are neither against Israel, nor are we identified with one or another American political
-- Ben Burrows, Elkins Park, PA
Fallible After All
President Bush is being commended for acknowledging mistakes in Iraq and accepting responsibility for them. I am worried about this. After all, the President has often related that God told him how to proceed. I see only three possibilities in the President's acknowledgment of mistakes:
None of these possibilities appear commendable or comforting.
- First, he is an ineffective Chief Executive, and has been unable to enforce on those below him the directives he has received from God.
- Second, he has not accurately communicated God's directives, but has instead advanced his own, erroneous, plans in the name of God.
- Third, the voices in his head that he has been obeying don't come from God.
-- Kenneth Gorelick, Newtown Square, PA
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