Star Ledger Does It Again….

Here is today’s editorial.

And here is the letter I submitted in response:

To the Editor:

How sad that only ten days after publishing Aref Assaf’s inaccurate op-ed about Israel and on the 64th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the Star-Ledger saw fit to publish a completely unbalanced editorial about the state of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.  Once again disappointed in your paper, I find that I must respond.

While I, too, would like to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discourage continued settlement in disputed territories, it is unfair to judge his actions without putting them in context.  First of all, the Israeli people turned to Mr. Netanyahu and democratically elected him only after the latest Palestinian rejection of a serious Israeli peace proposal.  Secondly, while your editorial cites the moderate Fatah government in the West Bank, it completely ignores the Hamas “leaders” in Gaza who continue to tolerate regular rocket attacks on civilian targets in southern Israel.  Third, even the moderate Palestinians have demanded that Israel make myriad concessions before sitting down at the negotiating table.  The Palestinians could cut Mr. Netanyahu down at the knees by simply agreeing to sit down with him before he has the chance to decide on the legality of another settlement.

Is Prime Minister Netanyahu “a small man” as your editorial suggests?  Perhaps.  But if that is so, then his counterparts on the Palestinian side are miniscule.

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About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.
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