We Were Fooled Once; Let’s Not Repeat Mistake

There has been much talk about Joe Sestak’s position on Israel. Perhaps some history is in order.

In 2008, when Barack Obama was running for president, questions were raised about his attitude toward Israel.

The arguments against him consisted, in part, of his 20 years of attendance in the church of Jeremiah Wright and his personal friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a man virulently hostile to Israel.

His supporters in the Jewish community told us that such matters were all in the past, and we were assured that Obama was a secret admirer of Israel. Time has revealed which argument was correct.

Joe Sestak, now campaigning to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, has spoken before the Council on American Islamic Relations, an organization with close ties to terrorism. He has urged Israel to ease the blockade of Gaza, which was instituted to prevent Hamas from receiving weapons used against Israeli civilians. He refused to sign a letter offering support to the Jewish state.

We are told to disregard all this – that he, too, is a crypto-supporter of Israel, and we are told it by the same people who assured us about Obama.

They fooled us once; shame on them. If they fool us a second time – well, shame on us.

Myron Anton
Philadelphia

When It Comes to Palin, Let’s Stick to the Issues

In her letter, “Religious Extremists Block Path to Peace (July 22),” Margery Roomberg writes that both I, and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, are religious “fundamentalists” with “tunnel vision.”

Speaking for myself – as the son of a Reform rabbi, who attended Quaker school for 12 years; earned a master’s degree in New Delhi, India; served as editor of the Jewish Exponent from 1994-98; is now a member of a Young Israel congregation; and who’s sending my son on a rabbi’s scholarship to the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy – I find the charge to be, frankly, ridiculous.

Can we stick to the issues, please?

Benyamin Korn
Director
Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin
Elkins Park

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