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Strange bedfellows, indeed

I read in your columns that Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid will concede the housing and construction portfolio to Habayit Hayehudi. I ask myself if this is what Lapid meant when he promised his voters cheaper housing for young couples. Maybe he meant “cheaper housing on Palestinian land in the occupied territories.” Naftali Bennett told me, at the home of a mutual friend, that he would build “100,000 homes in Judea and Samaria.” With Uri Ariel as housing minister he might well succeed and thus put yet another nail in the coffin of peace and a two-state solution.

Personally I would prefer any day to have the Haredim in the government than an ultra-right-wing anti-peace party. I know that politics makes for strange bedfellows, but I ask myself how Jacob Perry, a potential cabinet minister for Yesh Atid and one of the “stars” of “The Gatekeepers,” can go along with the demands of his part y chairman’s “bedfellow,” Bennett.

Alice Krieger

Tel Aviv

Equivalency

Is President Obama embarking on his trip to the Middle East to advise Israel with a “Chamberlain” type solution to return to 1967 borders in exchange for peace? If Obama has that kind of resolution in mind, I have a simple hypothetical question for our president.

Would you adhere to a Canadian suggestion that we return to our pre-Mexican-American War borders if a similar problem to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict existed between Mexico and the United States, assuming the following presumptive facts?

In a previous Mexican-U.S. agreement, Mexico reneged on its obligation to annul clauses in its charters calling for the destruction of the United States. There is a continuous stream of Mexican TV programs eulogizing terrorists who have killed United States civilians.

Many Mexican clergy unremittingly call for the destruction of the United States.

The Mexican government has allowed terrorist organizations to go on operating after promising to dismantle them.

The Mexican government has continued to name streets for terrorists who have murdered American civilians.

Mexican textbooks have many passages depicting Americans in very objectionable ways.

The Mexican media relentlessly propagandize with despicable falsehoods about the United States and our citizens.

There has been no evidence that the Mexican mindset to destroy the United States has changed.

William K. Langfan

Palm Beach, Florida

Tourism tip

Perhaps one of the first places U.S. President Barack Obama should visit when he comes to Israel is the Eyal checkpoint so he can see Palestinian workers board the separate ‏(but not so equal‏) buses.

Marcia Greenman Lebeau

Jerusalem