One thing that is not mentioned by Gary Rosenblatt in his column, “Israel’s Other Existential Threat” (Oct. 18), is that the brain drain and other domestic
vulnerabilities of Israel relate to the vast spending on subsidizing, 
expanding and defending settlements and infrastructure in the West Bank. 


This harms Israel economically and undermines efforts at a negotiated
settlement of the conflict with the Palestinians because it erodes their
trust in Israel’s sincerity in reaching a two-state solution. This in turn
makes life more difficult in Israel, further encouraging a brain drain.

Manhattan