Letters to the Editor: We're Not Defending 'Israel's KKK Slime'

File photo: Otzma Yehudit candidate Itamar Ben-Gvir gestures during a Central Elections Committee discussion, Jerusalem, March 6, 2019.
File photo: Otzma Yehudit candidate Itamar Ben-Gvir gestures during a Central Elections Committee discussion, Jerusalem, March 6, 2019.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

We did not come to praise

Bradley Burston wonders why the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), which I head, is “defending Israel’s KKK slime?

The answer is that we’re not. At no point in our press release did we offer praise or support for Otzma Yehudit or agreement with its policies, nor would we wish to do so.

Rather, our press release focused on the hypocrisy and inconsistency of AIPAC/ADL/AJC, which condemned the minor deal of Prime Minister Netanyahu with these right-wing parties, but which have been deafeningly silent about mergers of dangerous anti-Israel Arab parties led by Arab Knesset members, often at the behest of Palestinian Authority terrorist dictator Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Burston contends that the ZOA is providing a “direct echo of the drumbeat incitement of Netanyahu’s campaign talking points” when we note accurately that these parties seek Israel’s elimination as a Jewish state and engage in treacherous conduct, up to and including assisting Palestinian Arab terrorists and inciting anti-Jewish terrorism.

Apparently, for Mr. Burston, the truth may not be uttered if it in any way comports with the views expressed by the Netanyahu government.

Morton A. Klein

National President, Zionist Organization of America

Fight the right on April 9

In response to “This is what happens when you stay silent as the far right rises to power

I totally agree with Yossi Klein that many good people are totally frustrated because they feel they have no voice in determining the outcome of the elections on April 9. Demonstrations, letters, phone calls mean little or nothing to the political echelon wanting to control our lives. The only resource we have is the ballot box and it is my fervent hope that the people in the Otzma Yehudit party will not pass the threshold along with the party they joined up with. The thought of Itamar Ben-Gvir sitting on the Judicial Appointments Committee and Smotrich becoming the education minister is so frightening and such a threat to the future of this country.Voters who care, voters with hope, voters who can make a difference must come out to vote, and the parties in the running have to define their programs to help ensure that people are able to choose intelligently to select the person and the party they want to represent them for the coming years. Enough of racism, hatred, discrimination, name-calling. The time has come to really practice what our religion teaches: tolerance, understanding, acceptance and equality.

Judy Telman

Mevasseret Zion

Come clean, President Rivlin

Until President Rivlin condemns in its entirety the nation-state law and stops talking about the “Jewish state,” his words lack any credibility. Netanyahu has earned much more credibility by confirming to the world what the nation-state law means in practice. Mr. Rivlin is engaged in a damage-control exercise. Nothing more. He is not standing apart from the Likud gang as a whole. There is absolutely no equality for Arabs, neither politically nor socially, and to claim otherwise is a blatant lie on the part of the Israeli president.

Isaac Cohen, via Haaretz.com

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