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ISRAEL: Why some Jews support boycott

Re: “Boycott drive strengthens, raising alarm in Israel” (TNT, 7-12).

I am a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) which was cited in the article as supportive of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to move Israel into compliance with international and human rights law.

JVP, which is the fastest-growing Jewish organization in America, takes its BDS stand in support of Palestinian human rights and Jewish values. After decades of futile “negotiations” (which were like asking a powerless child to “negotiate” with an adult abuser), JVP recognized that nothing short of BDS could bring a nonviolent end to Israel’s 48 years

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TERRORISM: We helped create Islamic extremism

I was entering the main gate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday, and several security people were conducting a random search on one of the vehicles entering the base.

The unarmed lady who was the car’s driver was about 5 feet tall and a bit elderly. It took three security guys with M-16s to search her car to ensure she and the vehicle were not a threat to national security. A bit of an overkill, in my view.

The biggest threat to national security is not Islamic terrorism but our government and its policies. The reason we have Islamic terrorism is because we can’t stop meddling

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IRAN: Leaders seek destruction of US, Israel

The first two reasons we can’t trust Iran are the fact that they keep saying “destroying Israel is not negotiable” and they continue to chant “Death to America.” I would think that’s enough for all Americans to say “No” to any deal with Iran.

They hate Israel, and they hate the United States and won’t be happy until we no longer exist. I realize that there are probably thousands of Iranians who are peace-loving people and just want to continue their daily lives like we do, but the powers to be in Iran don’t have the same feelings.

The last

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ISRAEL: End support for Netanyahu’s regime

The comment from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there will be no Palestinian state while he is in office is completely unacceptable. What have we been doing and striving for for the last 30-plus years?

President Jimmy Carter was right: The Palestinians exist under apartheid conditions. Palestinians were removed from their rightful lands during the creation and evolvement of Israel.

There are so many problems in the Middle East that there may not be peace with a Palestinian state but is guaranteed that there will never be peace without a Palestinian state. If that is Netanyahu’s attitude, then it is

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NETANYAHU: A view from Jerusalem

As pundits weigh Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, I received an e-mail from a Palestinian friend in Jerusalem.

“Netanyahu is the last person to talk about nuclear weapons as Israel was the first and only country in the region to have a nuclear reactor as well as a stockpile of nuclear weapons . . . has not signed the Non Proliferation Agreement nor allowed inspectors to visit the site. As he spoke of the dangers of Iranian nuclear power, Netanyahu sounded as if he were describing his own country.”

Netanyahu called for the world “to call Iran’s bluff.” He could do that:

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NETANYAHU: Black Caucus shows hypocrisy

Time and again when someone disagrees with or challenges President Obama’s policies, they’re called racist. Now many members of the Congressional Black Caucus are threatening to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Does that make them Jew haters? Probably not, but it makes just about as much sense.


IRAN: Could Netanyahu be a peacemaker?

Re: “Netanyahu invitation sets up showdown” (TNT, 1-22).

I am concerned that House Speaker John Boehner has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address Congress without consulting the White House.

Clearly, Boehner expects Netanyahu to whip up fervor for increased sanctions on Iran, but should he invite any head of state of a foreign country to lobby our Congress? Are we Americans ready for more provocation in the Middle East?

Netanyahu, for his part, is in a tense election campaign and relishes the opportunity to court world publicity by addressing Congress, whether or not it is in

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TERRORISM: Israel has long fought radical Islam

The civilized world is at war, and the enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. What happened in France last week is what Israel has experienced for decades from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

It’s not a coincidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was followed by a deadly shooting in a Jewish grocery store. As much as radical Islamic terrorist groups hate non-Muslims (and Muslims who don’t agree with them), they particularly hate Jews and Israel.

Hamas rejects a two-state solution and ultimately wants to destroy Israel. If it were possible, it would deal as brutally with Israelis as Islamic State does

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