Rethinking the Two-State Solution
As multiple chances at peace over multiple American administrations have gone unsuccessfully, my thoughts are beginning to change in regards to the two-state solution that I was formerly in favor of (“Two-State Solution Isn’t Best Fit for Either Side,” July 11).
Israel is building an incredible country and as world geopolitical upheaval has led to larger and larger numbers of us having the need to leave our countries of origin, Israel’s importance is only going to grow, as will its need for land. Judea and Sumeria are historically Jewish lands.
It’s complicated and I certainly never thought I’d see it in my lifetime, but the thought of a historically intact Israel is an unbelievable wonder.
Ben Barbash | Blue Bell
Awareness of Others’ Suffering
Reading “Locals React to Ocasio Cortez’s ‘Concentration Camps’ Comparison” (June 27), evoked in me Hillel’s words: “If I am not for myself who will be for me? But if I am only for myself who am I? If not now, when?”
I respect that this issue is profoundly painful, uniquely personal for Holocaust survivors. While countless Jews (like me) feel morally responsible to be protective of the use of Holocaust language, I still ponder the kavanah (intention) driving the comparison. This issue is multifaceted.
I admire Jewish Exponent interviewees related to survivors or to blessed “Holocaust dead,” not conflicted in condemning the dehumanizing treatment of immigrants, including caged, traumatized children. Focusing solely on the comparison — ineffably hurtful to many, or patently “wrong” — without paying attention to suffering children, brutally confined eclipses the Jewish value of “repairing the world.”
As the late Elie Weisel said in a speech on horrors in Darfur: “How can anyone, anywhere not feel outraged? … As a Jew who does not compare any event to the Holocaust, we must be involved. How can we reproach the indifference of non-Jews to Jewish suffering, if we remain indifferent to another people’s plight?”
Ilene Munetz Pachman | Philadelphia