Good letter! Everyone needs to read Avram Burg's "The Holocaust is Over, We Must Rise from Its Ashes." He makes precisely your point about the need for Jews to stop clinging to the Shoah as a protective blanket and rejoin the world.
Report: IDF find M-16 rifle hidden in Palestinian's car in West Bank (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel to seek another 1b euros Holocaust in reparations from Germany