Regarding your column about criticism of Israel by Ronald Lauder, Stuart Eizenstat and Dennis Ross (“Summer of Disharmony,” Aug. 24), it is interesting to note that these critics, and many American Jewish organizations, have one view in common: their continuing public support for the disastrous concept of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The related “peace process,” begun in 1993 with Dennis Ross’ heavy participation, has, after 25 years, yielded nothing except the establishment of anti-Semitic, terrorist entities in the West Bank and Gaza, and the murder of approximately 1,500 innocent Israelis. Support for a two-state solution, in the face of overwhelming evidence of its futility, indirectly lends legitimacy to those who seek Israel’s demise. On the other hand, it is striking that the same piece (and the editorial in that same paper) cites criticism of President Trump, who is perhaps the most pro-Israel U.S. president since 1948.
The column illustrates that some American Jews and representatives of Jewish organizations, who undoubtedly feel they are supporting Israel, are instead showing indirect support for entities pledged to Israel’s destruction, and at the same time exhibiting animosity toward a sympathetic administration that just moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. In light of this unfortunate dichotomy, as an American Jew I must conclude we are not qualified, nor are we in a position to give constructive political advice to Israel.
We should continue to show support for Israel, especially to our elected officials; however, in this dangerous time we should let the Israelis, who have to live with the results of their decisions, handle their own political affairs without our interference.