As president of a nonpartisan organization that has spoken out forcefully against the loyalty oath bill, I challenge James Besser’s assertion (“Israel’s Gift to Delegitimizers,” Oct. 15) that few other than the “solidly left-wing” are taking a stand. In fact, The Jewish Week itself (not generally known as a “solidly left-wing” publication) criticized the “empty loyalty oath” in its lead editorial on the same day.
The Abraham Fund and the Jewish Week are in good Likud company when they join Knesset Members Benny Begin, Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan in opposing the bill. It’s time Besser and others recognize that advocating for an inclusive and just Israel for its Arab citizens is not a matter of left versus right. It’s a matter of Israel’s fundamental self-interest.
The Abraham Fund
New York and Jerusalem
Note: The article in question dealt with the reaction of American Jewish groups to the loyalty oath, not the reaction of groups or politicians in Israel.