Yesterday, a group of 100 liberal American Jewish leaders released a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to make "painful territorial sacrifices" to the Palestinians. In response, ECI has written its own letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu:
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:
We know you don’t need our advice on how to handle the peace process – but given the decision by a group of self-described American Jewish leaders to call for you to make “painful territorial sacrifices,” we felt it appropriate to convey our own thoughts on the matter.
Be assured that they don’t speak for us or for a majority of Americans. We not only question the wisdom of their advice, we question their standing to issue such an admonition to a democratically-elected prime minister whose job is not to assuage the political longings of 100 American Jews, but to represent – and ensure the security of – the Israeli people.
Indeed, it’s puzzling to us why a small group of American Jews believes it appropriate to demand “painful territorial sacrifices” of Israelis, when those issuing the demand will not experience the pain, or be compelled to sacrifice anything, should their advice prove foolish – as it has so many times in the past. We affirm the words of Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, who recently asked an American Jewish audience to “respect the decisions made by the world’s most resilient democracy.”
The “American Jewish leaders” who deign to advise you today are largely the same leaders who rarely, if ever, demand “painful sacrifices” of Palestinian leaders – or even demand that they come to the negotiating table, which they have refused to do in any meaningful way since 2008. From the safety of America, in the past they have recommended trusting Yasser Arafat, dividing Jerusalem, surrendering the Golan Heights to Syria, and withdrawing from territory that today is controlled by Iranian-backed terrorist groups.
Before rushing to issue new recommendations, we suggest that these oracles of bad advice might pause to reflect on the wisdom of the recommendations they’ve already made.
We, too, have strong opinions on the peace process – but one thing we never presume to do is instruct our friends in Israel on the level of danger to which they should expose themselves.
We trust, of course, that you are under no misapprehensions about any of this. But we felt it important that you heard from a mainstream voice in addition to the predictable calls from a certain cast of American activists for more Israeli concessions.
According to Wikipedia, there are an estimated 17 million VOTING Evangelical Christians who stand with Israel. Our nation’s leaders should be very careful how they tread on Israel. For a nation to turn on Israel invites Sovereign rejection and discipline.
Since the present U.S. Administration rejects Biblical principles (as evidenced at their 2012 Democrat National Convention), let them consider history. In 1948 Great Britain withdrew from the nation of Israel after preventing them from arming themselves. Israel was invaded on the following day by the surrounding Arab nations. Those nations LOST !! Since that day Great Britain’s decline has been drastically evidenced with India being the first nation to rebel from UK domination.
The betrayals of Obama, Kerry, et al hardly matter since “there is a G-d in Heaven and He rules in the affairs of men” Daniel 4
How foolish of the U.S. Administration to blindly and logically pursue an illogical goal of Israel withdrawing to indefensible borders.
SHALOM AL YISRAEL
This group has a proven track record: Kristol and Bauer were original signers for the “Project for a New American Century’s” “Statement of Principals” in 1997, the now completely discredited (and disbanded) group that was the principal cheerleader for “regime change” in Iraq. On the eve of the U.S. invasion Kristol said: “the war itself will clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction;”
Rachel Abrams’ view on peace prospects between Palestinians and Israelis is best summed up by her description of Palestinian children as “devils’ spawn.”
Goldfarb is well known for false attacks against anyone who disagrees with his positions.
Why not let Mr. Krisol have the last word: “History and reality are about to weigh in, and we are inclined simply to let them render their verdicts.”
I wondered who was behind the Emergency Committee for Israel and now I know.
You people are always on target. You are always concise and to the point. You are one of the very few Jewish organizations I can support without reservations.
Thank you for this letter and all the work you did supporting Israel during the elections. Your videos were spot on.
Sincerely, SarahSue American Conservative Jew living in Colorado