Boycotts Much Ado About Nothing


A recent news item quotes a Knesset member from the Labor Party as saying that if Israel does not quickly agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, Israel will have “an image as a state worthy to isolate” (“Not Losing Sleep,” Feb. 14).

Yet, Gallup’s annual world affairs survey, conducted in February, found that fully 72 percent of Americans have a “very favorable” or “mostly favorable” view of Israel. By contrast, only 19 percent think favorably of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel is not isolated — at least not here in America, where it counts most. Israel’s decisions in the negotiations should be based on its national security needs, not on fear of a boycott movement that is more smoke than fire.

Moshe Phillips, president
Benyamin Korn, chairman
Religious Zionists of America
Philadelphia Chapter

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  1. Re: A Kingdom Too Weak To Fail(editorial 3/6/2014)
    While the loss of the monarchy in Jordan would be a national disaster for that nation, it has even more serious implications for Israel and for U. S. Mideast policy. Jordan has served as a buffer between the now satellite of Iran, namely Iraq, and Israel with the inability of Iran to arm terrorist groups in the Palestinian territories.
    The possibility of the overthrow of the monarchy and its majority Palestinian population is sufficient reason for Israel to demand that in any peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority that the Jordan Valley be retained to impede the flow of sophisticated weaponry from Iran to the Palestinian territories. In the worst of scenarios the presence of Palestinian rule in Jordan with open borders to the Palestinian territories would present an existential threat to Israel.

  2. The JT reported that at “AIPAC 2014: Iran Tops the Agenda” (3/7/2014).
    Readers should know that action was taken at the state level in 2013. House Bill 877, which I sponsored along with 57 Delegates, and Senate Bill 811 make Maryland’s procurement law restrictions automatically consistent with the most stringent U.S. sanctions when dealing with Iran.
    The Baltimore Jewish Council, coordinating with other groups, played a key role in helping obtain passage with unanimous votes in both the House of Delegates and the state Senate.
    Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D.


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