Letters | A Palestinian State and Shaare Shamayim


A Correction to the Correction

Dore Gold’s op-ed (“A Long-Awaited Correction in Israeli Policy,” Nov. 28) offered a full-throated defense of the legality of Jewish settlements. What is left to be said is that it is flawed thinking to believe that Jewish towns anywhere are preventing peace.

In light of the hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli civilian targets from Gaza in November, there is no reason to believe the creation of a Palestinian state where the settlements now are would result in peace of any kind. For promoters of Israeli territorial concessions, the withdrawal/disengagement from Gaza was supposed to set the precedent they hoped would soon be repeated in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

Instead, Gaza has become the most graphic illustration of why relinquishing Judea and Samaria to the perennially hostile and extremely corrupt Palestinian Authority is a flat-out dangerous idea. Imagine how the rocket attacks against Israel in the wake of the Baha al-Ata killing would have looked if the terrorist armies had instead been West Bank Palestinian Arabs, operating from inside a Palestinian state in the West Bank. Those November rockets would be in easy range of the Western Wall, the Knesset and passenger jets landing at Ben Gurion Airport.

Moshe Phillips, National Director | Herut North America (U.S. Division) – The Jabotinsky Movement

Is Concern About Signage Anti-Semitic?

The fact that the signage at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim was allowed to stand for four decades, only to be determined this past June to violate city zoning laws, raises a disturbing possibility (“Shaare Shamayim’s Signs Challenged By L&I,” Nov. 28).

In this time of rising anti-Semitism, it cannot be ignored that this action on the part of the Department of Licenses and Inspections might be just such an act. It would be worth investigating who at L&I determined the signs are in violation, and what the backgrounds might be of those involved.

The signs may indeed be in violation of zoning laws, but their being allowed to remain unchanged for 40 years sets a precedent that didn’t need to be overturned. I would like to be sure there was not an ulterior motive.

Steven J. Barrer | Huntingdon Valley

What About Kristallnacht?

In November of 2012 the Jewish Exponent published the following letter that I wrote to the editor: “Why, on the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht, was there no mention of it in the Exponent’s Nov. 8 issue? Has the Jewish community forgotten an event we should ‘never forget’?”

On the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, I was disappointed to see that the only mention of Kristallnacht in the Nov. 7 issue was in the calendar section, where two synagogues posted that they were holding Kristallnacht memorial services.

You won’t have to change much in reprinting my 2012 letter.

Howard Lurie | King of Prussia


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