Strong leader

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

ISI LEIBLER’S ill-in­formed and in­tem­per­ate ar­ti­cle (“Enough of weak lead­ers!”, JC, Jan­uary 12) con­tains an at­tack on Antony Ler­man. Tak­ing cer­tain re­marks out of con­text, he gives a dis­torted im­pres­sion of Ler­man’s po­lit­i­cal views about Is­rael.

Leibler calls for “An­glo-Jewish lead­ers” to “act against” Ler­man as di­rec­tor of the JPR. On what ba­sis? He does not find fault with Ler­man’s ex­pe­ri­ence, abil­ity or vi­sion. Nor could he, since Ler­man’s record is unim­peach­able. He is re­spected, at home and abroad, for his ex­em­plary de­vo­tion to Jewish causes. We re­ject the im­pli­ca­tion that his suit­abil­ity should be de­ter­mined by a “po­lit­i­cal test”.

There is an ur­gent need for an open dis­cus­sion in the Jewish com­mu­nity about Is­rael’s fu­ture. This is im­pos­si­ble in a cli­mate where any­one who does not “toe the line” is au­to­mat­i­cally vil­i­fied — as Ler­man is by Leibler. Reva Klein, Sir Ge­of­frey Bind­man, Lady Ellen Dahren­dorf, Sir Nigel Rodley, Car­rie Sup­ple c/o Wil­ber­force Road Lon­don N4

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