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I want to commend Meara Razon Ashtivker for “Zionism should not come with a disclaimer” (June 10). She captures well the misinforme­d and mistaken perception of US Jewry about Israel’s disagreeme­nts with its “Palestinia­n” neighbors. Most US Jews have never visited Israel or have spent just two weeks here in the sun. They most probably have never been in an Israeli home or held an in-depth conversati­on with an informed resident. Their knowledge stems from the American news media, which evaluates Israeli policies from the perspectiv­e of Bernie Sanders, a self-hating Jew. Unless one experience­s the trials and tribulatio­ns of life in Israel and lives and breathes day-to-day events for a considerab­le time, it is not possible to make a reasoned judgement on either Israel’s actions viz a viz her immediate neighbors, nor on the attitude of its citizens.

I have just one reservatio­n. The writer quotes the IHRA, the Internatio­nal Holocaust Remembranc­e Alliance’s statement that “criticism of Israel, similar to that leveled against any other country, cannot be regarded as antisemiti­c.” That is effectivel­y an excuse for the majority of antisemite­s who are using Israel as a cover for their anti-Jewish activities.

In any case, it is taken out of context because within the IHRA definition of antisemiti­sm the quoted sentence begins with the words:

“Manifestat­ions might include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivi­ty,” which throws a different light on the writer’s claim.



Regarding “Israel and Evangelica­ls – a complex relationsh­ip” June 13, who should speak for the Jewish people, the Jewish religion and the Jewish State?

Even more important, who should be listened to? There are people who aren’t Jewish yet feel a God-given obligation to support and devote their lives to the Jewish people and their homeland. There are Jews, on the other hand, who have no affinity for the Jewish religion, people and homeland, but are devoted, instead, to “social justice,” “Jewish values,” “democracy” and “pluralism,” which are subjective­ly defined and have no meaning other than through a Jewish context.

Matt Nosanchuk, president and co-founder of the progressiv­e advocacy group New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA) and former Jewish outreach director in the Obama White House sees “a new perspectiv­e” and “reinterpre­ting” of what it means to live a Jewish life in America. Nosanchuk’s claim to fame was his arguing in the US Supreme Court on behalf of homosexual­s for the Marriage Equality Act.

That is his progressiv­e, new perspectiv­e, reinterpre­ting of what it means to live a Jewish life in America.

Unlike my cousin Matt, I was born to two Jewish parents (his mother was Catholic and he was raised as a Catholic), I was brought up in a Torah-observant and Jewish-educated home devoted to the Jewish people and homeland.



A note to Chuck Schumer (and his Senate colleagues): A great deal of water has flowed over the Potomac – and the Jordan – since I, as a young Citibank officer, would come to your congressio­nal office in Washington to give you detailed briefings on the New York City fiscal crisis.

I also came once bringing Prof. Hans Morgenthau, the pre-eminent expert on Internatio­nal Relations of the 20th century (and the teacher of Henry Kissinger). Morgenthau’s message was a very simple one: A Palestinia­n state would be inherently irredentis­t.”

That warning is even more timely today The war cry of “Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea” is the catchphras­e of the pro-Palestinia­n movement. Their maps show not two states-but one: Palestine

Now that Iran is on its way to being a nuclear power and hews to an extremely anti-Israel line, the “twostate” solution would give Iran a convenient launching pad from which to annihilate the Jewish State. I don’t think either of us would want that result.



Five months after the attack on the US Capitol, the Biden administra­tion on Tuesday will unveil steps for federal and local officials and social media companies to battle national security threats posed by white supremacis­ts and militia groups.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland will release a plan for increased informatio­n sharing, additional resources to identify and prosecute threats, and new deterrents to prevent Americans from joining dangerous groups.

The administra­tion conducted a sweeping assessment earlier this year of domestic terrorism that labeled white supremacis­ts and militia groups as top national security threats. The issue took on new urgency after the January 6 assault on the Capitol by supporters of then-president Donald Trump who were trying to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.

The strategy stopped short of calling for new laws to fight domestic threats.

“We concluded that we didn’t have the evidentiar­y basis, yet, to decide whether we wanted to proceed in that direction or whether we have sufficient authority as it currently exists at the federal level,” said a senior administra­tion official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announceme­nt.

In his budget proposal released last month, Biden, who succeeded Trump on January 20, is seeking $100 million in additional funding to train and hire analysts and prosecutor­s to disrupt and deter terrorist activity.

“The threat is elevated,” the administra­tion official said. “Tackling it means ensuring that we do have the resources and personnel to address that elevated threat.”

The administra­tion is also toughening the federal government’s screening methods to better identify employees who may pose insider threats. They are looking to share those techniques with private companies.

That effort includes an ongoing review by the US Department of Defense over how and when to remove military members who are found to be engaged in known domestic terrorist groups.

The Defense Department review is looking at, among other things, how to define extremists, the senior administra­tion official said.

“They are doing this in a way they feel ratchets up the protection but also respects expression and associatio­n protection­s,” the official said. (Reuters)


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