Letters, the Week of June 30, 2016


Readers discuss the Iran nuclear deal and bacon.

Bad or Good for Israel?

Before American Jews pass judgement on the anti- or pro-Israel bias of politicians or political candidates, they should take the time to read two informative books (“Vote for McGinty a Rubber Stamp of Obama Foreign Policy,” June 9). Doomed to Succeed by Dennis Ross reviews the complicated relationship of administrations from President Truman’s to President Obama’s toward Israel. Unthinkable by Ken Pollack is a review by a nuclear expert regarding the issue of nuclear proliferation by Iran.

To summarize both books, U.S. presidents have always balanced American interests, especially regarding oil, with those of Israel.

Some, such as Eisenhower and Nixon, had blatantly anti-Semitic State Departments. The first President Bush was so frustrated with the settlement movement that he threatened to withhold loan guarantees. His son was totally disengaged from Israel, while he carried on two wars, one of which destabilized the entire Middle East, spawned a counterinsurgency in Iraq that morphed into the so-called Islamic State, and generally ignored the rightwing slant of Israel’s government regarding the terminally-ill peace process.

Obama, contrary to what one might hear in the conservative press both in the United States and Israel, has been one of the most friendly presidents toward Israel, giving Israel unqualified support at the United Nations, saving countless Jewish lives by deploying Iron Dome, never withholding aid and making an honest attempt to restart the peace process despite an intransigent Netanyahu government and a weakened Abbas.

Regarding the Iran nuclear deal, Pollack recognizes that the only alternative to the treaty is military action by the United States to take out the reactors.

Israel, despite Netanyahu’s threats to the contrary, does not have that capability. At best, this would add two years to the breakout capability of Iran’s program, would unleash the usual terror attacks on Israel and the West and would eliminate any further inspections by regulatory agencies.

On the other hand, the deal we have with Iran makes it virtually impossible to achieve breakout for the next 15 years, unless Iran is in violation of the agreement. In that case, a military option could be used.

Up to now, notwithstanding the occasional provocations, there is no indication the Iran has resumed its accumulations of centrifuges and fissile material to restart its nuclear weapons program.

The most anti-Israel politician imaginable is one who is utterly ignorant of Middle East politics, customs and history, and who formulates policy based on poorly conceived and politically expedient ideas. Jewish voters have an obligation to ignore the usual conservative and liberal rhetoric, and vote for leaders who have a genuine interest in improving Israel’s security by serving as honest brokers for a lasting peace in the Middle East.

Stuart Fredd | Ambler        

Even Kosher Bacon Is Treif in His Eyes

In the pages of my loved Jewish paper, I really hate to see a recipe for making bacon for breakfast (“Breakfast Makes for a Fine Dinner,” June 16).

Yes, I know it says beef bacon, but come on, it says bacon, period. I don’t see gentile groups writing about recipes for matzah.

Mike Cooper | Philadelphia


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