Another Freedom Sunday?
I enjoyed the recollections of the times surrounding Freedom Sunday as recorded in Bettina Dunn’s letter (“Longing for Unity,” Jan. 4).
But I wonder: What would the reaction be today if 250,000 Muslims had their own Freedom Sunday demanding free emigration from the totally fractured Middle Eastern countries such as Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, countries where terrorism reigns supreme? My guess is it would be, well, different. Why?
Frank Friedman | Philadelphia
Last month, two very meaningful events transpired in Washington (“Embassy Move Provokes Fear of Violence, Triumph of Recognition,” Dec. 14). Just a day before President Trump announced that he recognizes Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel and directed the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy there from its current home in Tel Aviv, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the Taylor Force Act.
The bill prohibits certain financial assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 from being made available for the West Bank and Gaza unless the State Department certifies, among other things, that the Palestinian Authority has terminated payments to terrorists and their families. If the bill is passed in the Senate and signed by the president, it will end the so-called pay-for-slay programs that have placed $1 billion into the hands of Palestinian terrorists over the last decade. It will thereby force the Palestinians to choose peace.
One of the main reasons I voted for the Trump/Pence ticket was because I knew that the president would unequivocally stand with the Jewish state and would push for peace in the Middle East.
Bryan Leib | Treasurer, Philadelphia Young Republicans