Letters to the Editor: Zionism Isn't the Problem

Thousands show up to attend the mass funeral of revered Rabbi Soloveitchik in Jerusalem, January 2021.
Thousands show up to attend the mass funeral of revered Rabbi Soloveitchik in Jerusalem, January 2021. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Zionism isn’t the problem

In response to “It’s permissible to be anti-Zionist,” (Gideon Levy, Jan. 31)

Gideon Levy in his screed against Zionism acts as if history begins in 1967. But it does not. From 1948-67 Jordan illegally occupied Judea and Samaria. It conspired with the fedayeen so that every night the fedayeen, using Judea and Samaria as a staging area, could cross into Israel with its 1949 Armistice Line borders to murder Jews. From 1948-67 Jordan conspired with the Palestinian Arabs to destroy dozens of synagogues and convert hundreds of ancient Hebrew cemetery headstones into toilets. Jordan ethnically cleansed East Jerusalem of all its Jews.

From 1948-67 the Palestinian Arabs never demanded an independent Palestinian state from their illegal occupier, Jordan, notwithstanding that there were no Jewish settlements to complain about. Did Mr. Levy’s ideological predecessors complain about any of this? Of course not.

Finally in June 1967 Jordan, not satisfied with all the “benefits” of its illegal occupation, joined with Egypt and Syria in a Heydrich-Eichmann-like attempt to murder every Jew in Israel. This attempt failed and Israel captured what had for 19 years been a staging area to kill Jews, Judea and Samaria. This is not Zionism. This is self-defense. Pure and simple. For 19 years Israel grudgingly accepted with much protest Jordan’s complicity in the fedayeen’s nightly Jew-killing. Israel was not going to accept its own annihilation. As a result of this self-defense Israel controls land, Judea and Samaria, that it was given sovereignty to in the San Remo Agreement in 1920. A sovereignty confirmed by the League of Nations in 1922 and the United Nations in Article 80 of its charter in 1946.

Are there problems with controlling populations in this area that are sworn to Israel’s destruction? Of course. However these problems while difficult do not compare with returning to the 1967 borders in which the Palestinian Arabs and Jordan have demonstrated over nineteen years that their only interest is the genocide of the Jews. Legitimate self-defense, not Zionism, created the problems Mr. Levy is so concerned about. Of course since Mr. Levy and his cohort believe history begins in 1967 they myopically are unaware or wilfully deny these nineteen years of documented genocidal mind set and action by the Palestinian Arabs and Jordan. Blaming Zionism is so much more politically correct.

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida


Alan Dershowitz couldn’t have nominated two more undeserving people than Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Abraham Accords are weapons deals disguised as peace agreements. The United States should not be flooding the Middle East with lethal weapons for dictators in Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. Thankfully, the Biden administration has stalled these weapons sales. Kushner and Berkowitz do not belong in the distinguished company of Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and Elie Wiesel. The Nobel Prize Committee should ignore Alan Dershowitz.

Joseph Richard Preville
Detroit, Michigan
Professor in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Afghanistan (2005-17)

Death cults

It is impossible not to be horrified at the front page picture on February 1 of thousands of Haredim crowding the streets at a funeral the day before.

And now, just imagine all these men and boys returning to their homes, where as many as 10 people or more may live. These branches of Haredim have become death cults. Risking lives, their own and their loved ones as they “honor” their gods – these rabbis they hold in such high esteem.

Therefore choose death, their actions shout. Not the Judaism I know...

Bakol Ruben Gellar
Tel Aviv

For a bicameral legislature in Israel

As we approach the next balloting of slates in the Israeli sectorocracy, columnists are writing about the disappearance of “the left,” of which there never was a creditable one: There has never been a left that stood for universal civil rights. There might be a myriad of reasons for that; it does not matter. This newspaper has dedicated space to a discussion about a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. As one Democrat said, she should not be tossed out, yet.

There are very many, across the income spectrum and also across the ethnic and such lines. The question for Israelis who support #45 and his Q-0-P QAnon - Proud Boys party regards the standing ovation Ms. Taylor-Greene received. What about the politicians who were and still are in love with Mr. Trump and the Q-0-P. Either they support her or they do not support her partygoers. Either one believes that the Muslims and the Jews intend to take over the U.S.A. from the Christian white people or one does not believe this.

One can’t describe something as “unconstitutional” when there is no Constitution de jure. Though Israel is a republic, it is a sectorocracy and not a democracy regardless of how many times this, sadly, is said.

While the U.S. election of the president is a republican system, the legislators are democratically elected. Each of the states and commonwealths even has its governors directly elected. Israel should be mature enough to have some directly elected legislators for either a bicameral or unicameral system. Personally, I’d prefer two chambers, that is, one chamber elected every four years on the second Tuesday in February during a solar calendar leap year. This would be districts. The other chamber would be a percentage system.

Z’ev Freed
Be’er Shev’a



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