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Comment on “Israel Credits ‘Gloves Off’ Targeting for Ceasefire in Gaza”

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Critical of Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy

Dear Editor,

In response to Richard Schwartz’s (PHD) letter in last week’s edition of the JV, I’d like to hammer at his defense of the Obama Administration’s and the Democrat Party’s attitude and treatment of Israel and its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jews throughout the centuries have suffered the consequences of ignoring history. Let’s go back just prior to the 2008 presidential elections when we learned that Barack Hussein Obama was at that time still a member of the United Trinity Church of Christ, in Chicago, headed by the Jew/Israel/white/America hating pastor, Jeremiah H. Wright and had been for more than twenty years. How does one belong to such an institution for more than two decades and not have a mindset congruent to the principles of that church? How does such a person change his bigoted stripes?

Schwartz’s claim that Obama has funded Israel’s military including its Iron Dome Project is pure poppycock. The good professor ignores the military pact that President George W. Bush signed with Israel providing that country with a total of over thirty five billion dollars of military aid over a period of ten years. Obama, annually, has reduced funding to Israel in his budget only to be rebuked each year and overridden by a pro Israel congress.

As far as the writer’s claim that Obama has appointed Jews to his cabinet, that’s true. People like David Axelrod, Jack Lew, Rahm Emanuel are not Israel minded but are Socialist oriented with no outspoken pro-Israel sentiments on record. Dennis Ross, the architect of the deadly Oslo Accords is a prime example of a “political Jew.” Does Dr. Schwartz recall the statement of Obama’s ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, who claimed that Jew hating around the world was caused by Israel’s refusal to make peace with the Palestinians? These types of Jews are no friends of Israel or the Jewish community. Pure politics is their game.

The Goldstone Report was never condemned by Obama personally. We did vote against it in the Human rights Council of the UN but did nothing to pressure our friends, such as South Korea, Italy, Japan, France and the UK to join us.

Schwartz is obviously afflicted with the Jewish-Democrat-Umbilical-Cord syndrome which overrides any pro-Israel attitude or sentiment on the part of the individual or to even think independently. I have found no hope to change this genetic disorder among my Jewish ex-friends. And before I check out, how does the good professor account for a top official of this administration referring to Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chicken s**t?” We are still awaiting Obama’s rebuke of such a remark. My grandmother explained it perfectly: “One talks to the wall” in this situation.


Herbert Julius / Manhattan

Response to Justin Sofer’s Political Op-Ed

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Justin Sofer’s October 31 article, “A Win in 2014 Will Carry Into 2016 for the Republicans.”

Justin, I applaud your interest, as a student at Solomon Schecter School, in the political future of our beloved country. But I wonder if you have considered the following in your support of increased Republican victories:

• There is not even one Republican member of the US Congress who is a Jew, while there are dozens of congressional Jewish Democrats. Might this be because Democrats’ positions are far more in line with Jewish teachings on compassion, helping the poor, pursuing justice and peace, sharing, being kind to the stranger, environmental stewardship, and other issues than Republican positions?

• The last time the Republicans were in power under George W. Bush the results were disastrous, including converting a three-year major surplus into a major deficit, creating very few jobs, and leaving the country to the brink of a depression, with 800,000 jobs lost in their final month in office.

• Republicans support continued tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthiest Americans, at the expense of average Americans like us.

• While the vast majority of climate experts are warning that young people like you are in for a difficult future due to climate change, and we are already seeing record atmospheric CO2 levels, the rapid melting of polar icecaps and glaciers worldwide, and an increase in the number and severity of heat waves, droughts, wildfires, storms, and floods, the congressional Republicans are in denial about climate change and blocking efforts to try to prevent a climate catastrophe.

In view of this and much more Justin, I hope that you, as an intelligent, sensitive, caring person will reconsider your political beliefs. Thanks.

Very truly yours,

Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island

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