Archive for November, 2011

Michael Moore on Israel

November 9, 2011

[sent to MichaelMoore.com]

Dear Mr. Moore:

I have been a fan of your since my high school English teacher played for us a VHS of Roger & Me.  Since then, I have not seen a single film of yours that I did not love.  I have even read a couple of your books and enjoyed them very much.  Even when I disagree with you (which is rare), you are an interesting and entertaining voice.

For this reason, I was disturbed by your comments at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue regarding Israel and the Palestinians.  On that issue, you implied that you were in favor of the unilateral Palestinian movement to get the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state, thus subverting U.S. policy of bringing about a Palestinian state through negotiating a just settlement of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.  On this point, you not only diverge from U.S. policy, but also from the stated opinions of some Palestinians leaders and left-wing Israeli leaders that moves like this will not bring about peace in the region and will only serve to isolate Israel internationally.

I invite you to rethink your opinions on the Middle East.  I direct you to responsible, left-wing groups such as J Street, Americans for Peace Now, and the American Task Force on Palestine for groups that for you to research, and whose views you may find it useful to endorse.

Thank you.

On the U.S.-Israel relationship

November 8, 2011

[sent to Robert D. Blackwill of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy]

I listened to your lecture on the U.S.-Israel relationship with great interest.  The way that you and your associate, Walter B. Slocombe, presented your arguments that the U.S.-Israel relationship is truly symbiotic were among the most clear-headed I’ve ever heard.  Furthermore, you gave a brilliant rebuttal to those who believe that the U.S.-Israel relationship is a liability for the United States by imagining how Saudi Arabia would react to a breakdown in the U.S.-Israel relationship and concluding that nothing substantial would be gained in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.  I commend you on your efforts and I look forward to your future publications and lectures.