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.

Ron Paul’s extreme views on foreign aid

October 19, 2011

[sent to Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)]

I read about the debate in which Mr. Paul has participated last night in Las Vegas and was surprised to read such statements from Mr. Paul as “I would cut all foreign aid.  … And I don’t think aid to Israel actually helps them.” The truth is that aid to Israel actually does help them and it actually does help the United States as well.  The ways in which U.S. aid to Israel helps both parties are too many to list in this short message, but seeing that Mr. Paul is so passionate about the American economy, I’d like to remind Mr. Paul that much of the U.S. aid to Israel is returned back to U.S. defense contractors.  I urge Mr. Paul to reconsider his extreme views against foreign aid in light of these facts.

Upon Gilad Shalit’s return home

October 18, 2011

[Sent to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA)]

Dear Congressman Berman:

I read your message concerning Israeli Army Sergeant-Major Gilad Shalit’s return home after more than five years of captivity by Hamas.  Without getting into the specifics, your message presented an accurate picture of how your constituents, and indeed all believers in human rights, feel at this historic moment.  Thank you for taking this opportunity to use your position to bring light to this important topic.

G.H.
North Hollywood, CA

Rejection of VISAs

April 9, 2010

Why don’t I see any news or analysis in the American press regarding the recent rejection by the U.S. government of VISAs for Israeli scientists who work at Israel’s nuclear facility in Dimona reported in Ma’ariv? This seems to me like a very significant story and I haven’t found significant coverage of it in the American press (not even the American Jewish press).  This news may be a signal that the United States government is shifting its policy on Israel’s nuclear program.  Here is a link to an English translation of the original Ma’ariv article.

EDIT: The Ma’ariv article was debunked.  Maybe some day I’ll update this post with the debunked link.