Numerous times, pro-Israeli governments around the world have urged Israel to stop the settlement building and human rights violations, but Israel just ignores it. The only option seems to be to threaten Israel with consequences if it continues to ignore world opinion (and the opinion of many Israelis, including Rabbi Yoffie, apparently). Just stop the settlements and the human rights violations if you want the dollars will continue to flow - it's as simple as that! However, Rabbi Yoffie seems mainly upset over the fact that the letter didn't also contain the usual reassuring sentences that the writers aren't hostile to Israel. American Protestants have demonstrated their friendliness to Israel over and over again - if it weren't for their friendliness, Israel wouldn't be getting this aid and American politicians wouldn't constantly feel obliged to declare their support of Israel. Unfortunately, if the letter had contained the usual reassurances, nobody would have taken any notice of it. Now, however, some are very upset about it. Perhaps that was the intention - to get the culprits to listen...
- 10:41 PM
from the article: Heading toward an irreparable rift between U.S. Jews and Protestants