15 April 2010

In an open letter to US President Barack Obama, Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), today writes that Jews around the world are concerned about “the dramatic deterioration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel” in recent months. Lauder emphasizes that Israel has made unprecedented concessions, including the most far-reaching settlement moratorium in its history, and declared its support for a two-state solution. The WJC president asks: “Why does the thrust of this Administration's Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks? After all, it is the Palestinians, not Israel, who refuse to negotiate.”

Lauder also queries President Obama on America’s wider strategy for the Middle East: “The Administration's desire to improve relations with the Muslim world is well known. But is friction with Israel part of this new strategy? Is it assumed worsening relations with Israel can improve relations with Muslims? History is clear on the matter: appeasement does not work. It can achieve the opposite of what is intended.” 

He asks: “What is the Administration's position on Israel's borders in any final status agreement? Ambiguity on this matter has provoked a wave of rumors and anxiety. Can it be true that America is no longer committed to a final status agreement that provides defensible borders for Israel? Is a new course being charted that would leave Israel with the indefensible borders that invited invasion prior to 1967?”

In his letter, Ronald S. Lauder also urges the US president to stay focused on Iran, which he calls “the single biggest threat that confronts the world today.” Lauder goes on to write: “Israel is not only America's closest ally in the Middle East, it is the one most committed to this Administration's declared aim of ensuring Iran does not get nuclear weapons.” Ending his letter, the WJC president stresses: “Our great country and the tiny State of Israel have long shared the core values of western democracy. It is a bond much treasured by the Jewish people…It is time to end our public feud with Israel and to confront the real challenges that we face together.”



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Thu, 29 Apr 2010

any body that is tempering with isreal is tempering with himsel. the world will not accept that let the Americans president call them in U.S and settle them Everybody knows these country, let us ask God to intervene btw the two. they know how they are living before, so what had happen that they could not solve this problem within themselves.


Thu, 29 Apr 2010

It's the womens fault she got raped because she didn't wear a niqab.

~typical anti israeli rethoric here.

the ones endangering the US are muslim extremists and arab nationalists and they will do it with israel or without it unless the US pledges alliance to them. which is the direction obama is going. ofcource israel will be blamed for everything.

I just hope that if it comes to that we won't hesitate to press the red button on the world.

Annette R. Smith

Tue, 27 Apr 2010

While I applaud Ron Lauder's letter and I fully agree that the blame for the lack of a peace process belongs to the Palestinians, I am not so quick to think the worst of our President and his administration. There are still many signs of support for Israel including financial and military cooperation. I do not believe the radical right is correct in assuming Mr. Obama's motives or ideology. He is primarily a pragmatist and everyone who has spoken with him says that he does listen. So we should continue to put pressure where it is needed and I believe we will see positive change. That being said, I do not regret for one minute not having voted for McCain/Palin. Had they won, we would now be in the throes of a serious depression, instead of climbing our way out of the recession created by their party. As for the future, I would never under any circumstances ever vote for someone as intellectually vacuous as Ms. Palin.


Mon, 19 Apr 2010

President Obama was elected to serve in the best interest of America and not in the best interest of Isarel. It is in the best interest of America to secure a two-state solution and stop the abhorrent, pernicious assaults on the Palestinians such as "Cast Lead" since Gen. Petraeus told the Senate that the Arab-Israeli conflict "foments anti-American sentiment" because of the "perception of the U.S. favoritism for Israel." Anger at Israel and the U.S. undercuts moderate Arab regimes and gives al-Qaeda a potent recruiting tool. Also, V.P. Biden told P.M. Netanyahu, "This is starting to get danderous for us. What you're doing here undermines the securaity of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan."

When Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, Chair and Vice Chair of the 9-11 Commission appeared on 'News Hour with Lehrer' when the report was released, they stated that the attack on the WTC and the Pentagon was to protest the presence of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia and our support for Israel. Bin Laden pressed Mohammad to stage the attacks as early as mid-2000 after Ariel Sharon offended many Muslims by visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. He tried to accelerate the operation again when he learned Sharon would be visiting the White House in June or July 2001. We have removed our U.S. forces from Saudi Arabia and it would be prudent to stop supporting Israel if that support encourages another terrorist attack on our country! To jeopardize our security by supporting Israel is un-American!

Bin Laden was not ambiguous about the reasons for the 9-11 attack. We addressed one of his stated reasons – ‘we removed our forces from Saudi Arabia.’ Instead of addressing the second stated reason – ‘our support for Israel,’ our freedoms have been diminished through the PATRIOT ACT, which is un-American and citizens are being murdered and abused at airports by security personnel, telephone companies are providing information on customers, i.e., warrantless eavesdropping program for which they received immunity, etc. This is unacceptable!

Any person who places America's security in peril or endangers our soldiers on Israel's behalf, should be treated the same as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg!

Charles Dearlove@gibarse.cpm

Sat, 17 Apr 2010

As US and Israeli interests continue to diverge, I think it's more incumbent upon yourselves to be cautious, lest you be accused of dual loyalty, or treason, with regards to your interests in US political startegy.

I think you need to stop playing upon your historical ties, which are no longer operable, and make decisions based upon your own capabilities.

Palestinian Anti-Semite

Sat, 17 Apr 2010

What a shame you are so chauvinistic, it makes one think of Europe of a certain decade.

If you don't share Jerusalem soon then I'm afraid you're going to lose it.

Zinovy Vayman

Fri, 16 Apr 2010

Who was a writer of this letter? Truly the road paved with good intentions leads to hell. Just by bestowing the title "Palestinians" exclusively on Arabs in the Holy Land on the both sides of the Biblical River Jordan Mr. Lauder shoots our Jewish-dominated State of Israel in its foot. Not only Arabs [this word is never used in Mr Lauder's letter] have a viable state in Eastern Palestine but they got a de-facto state in Gaza! They also have a florishing autonomy with a seat in Ramallah and eventually they will demand autonomy and/or dilution of Israel's Jewishness within a "green line". Poor Jews live in Bantustans in Palestine including all Israel. Arabs occupy 85% of Palestine while being 65% of its entire population.

Jews are both Palestinians and Israelis!!!

Shabbat Shalom!

Virginia Baker

Fri, 16 Apr 2010

Thank you, Thank you Mr Lauder. Your words are long overdue, and very much appreciated. In these times all voices need to be loud and clear. Israel is the only real and true friend of the USA in the whole of the Middle East, and Pres. Obama and his one-sided views and policies favoring all things Palestinian and the Muslims is heavy-handed and has to change. The 2012 election can't come too soon, but 2010 will be a good start.

Percy Kotkis

Fri, 16 Apr 2010

The western world has to have the guts to have the palestinians admit that Israel has the right to exist and that there ultimit wish is not to destroy Israel.Without this commitment there will never be any progress.All that is giong on at present is what is known as Duck shoving

Doug May

Fri, 16 Apr 2010

I was glad to see the letter in my Wall Street Journal today and appreciate that it was unambiguous in its opposition to the Obama policy. At the same time I wonder how many in the WJC now will admit they should have voted for McCain/Palin. Complaining does little good if we do not learn from our mistakes. Will the WJC and its members support Sarah Palin next time around? Or will the anti-Republican, anti-evangelical bigotry continue?

stephanie wain

Fri, 16 Apr 2010

Can someone tell me what newspapers this letter was printed in??

LeRoy Billy

Thu, 15 Apr 2010

Sorry, but Mr. Obama does not share Israels western values much less those of former presidents and the Americann people.


LeRoy Billy

Val P.

Thu, 15 Apr 2010

The route cause is Islam's ideology of intolerance and strategic goal of Obama administration must be to work with modern elements in Islam to reform it in within and stop appeasing its aggressive elements which would only strengthens jihad. This is what the administration's policy is directed to for a political expedience.


Thu, 15 Apr 2010

To Whom It May Concern,

An investigation must be conducted regarding the truths revealed in the following comment posted on yahoo.com on 3/28/10. Also, an investigation must be conducted on the treasonous elected officials who helped facilitate the Jews enslavement of the world’s population.

Kind Regards, Jameela


JEWS: THE MASTER SPECIES: Jews will continue to expand and build settlements anywhere we choose in Palestine and we could care less about America’s position or the effect our actions have on our American slaves fighting in the ME. Bibi does not take orders from the porch-monkey occupying the White House. Israeli MK Aryeh Eldad responded to the British for expelling our diplomat this week by stating the following: “I think the British are behaving hypocritically and I don’t want of offend DOGS on this issue, since some DOGS are utterly loyal.” This statement was reinforced by Israeli MK Michael Ben-Ari who stated: “The British may be DOGS, but they are not loyal to us, but rather to an anti-Semitic system.” We Jews consider ALL Non-Jews to be nothing more than DOGS to heel at our command. So bow down to your Jew masters you stupid Christian, American, DIRT, DOG slaves and bomb, bomb, bomb Iran as you were commanded to do and there is nothing you can do except to say: “We hear and we obey”; or face a punishment worst than the USS Liberty attack. Christians are morons; even a child knows that G-d is immortal and He created the heavens, Abraham, the earth, Moses, the moon, Jesus, the sun, the seas, mountains, etc. However, we Jews superior in intelligence, masters of illusions, forgeries and deception; have deceived over 3 billion Non-Jews into believing a dead Jew is this G-d. We Jews acknowledge Jesus as nothing more than a murdered Messenger of G-d. You Christians haven’t figured out that our designation as the Children of Israel is a warning to you that we Jews are not descended from Adam and Eve. Non-Jews are descendents of Adam and Eve, i.e. the Children of Adam; an inferior species created from dirt; unlike the superior Jews who were created from a smokeless flame of fire.

Jews are a light upon nations; however, this term was coined long ago when the meaning of “light” was “fire” (before the invention of electricity) and the translation is: “Jews are a fire upon nations” i.e. the fire of war. Yes, we Jews are the jinn and the “fire of war” is our nature. Proof of our superiority over non-Jews is the facts of WWII. Over 70 million people perished in WWII; yet we Jews superior in intelligence and masters of illusions, forgeries and deception; have made the world forget the 64 million Non-Jews who died and demanded our Christian slaves erect monuments and museums in honor and remembrance of the 6 million dead Jews. Jews exploit and mock our American slave’s lack of religious knowledge; especially the Catholics who believe that pedophiles have a direct link with G-d; why else do they confess their sins to pedophile priests? Our American slaves have yet to figure out that Israel is GOG and America is MAGOG. I bet my colleague Rachel Shapiro $10,000.00; that despite the truth that we have revealed to our willfully ignorant Christians slaves; they will continue to finance us, arm us and die for us and they will continue to worship a dead Jew as the immortal G-d who created Moses, the heavens, earth, Jesus, the moon, Abraham, the sun, etc. Therefore, we Jews demand our American dirt, DOG slaves go die in Iran as they did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and any other country we Jews decide America will attack, decimate, occupy and plunder on our behalf and on the Day of Resurrection our pathetic American slaves will learn the real meaning of anti-Semitism is “ANTI-SATANISM”. I have a riddle for our devoted Christian slaves:

QUESTION: What happens to a Christian when he obeys the following Commandments?

1) ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’ 2) ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in the heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth.’

ANSWER: The Christian becomes a Muslim.

Leah Weintraub Proud Jew and Co-founder of: ‘JEWS: THE MASTER SPECIES Posted on Yahoo.com 3/28/10


Thu, 15 Apr 2010

The palistinians have had ample opportunity to get onboard a peace proposal. But they won't because their whole reason for being is to destroy Israel. Don't expect anything soon from the palis.

Seymour Brodsky

Thu, 15 Apr 2010

Why does the Administration seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks?

David Wolpaw

Thu, 15 Apr 2010

Israel has done much more than it ought to to achieve peace. Lay the blame for the failure of the peace talks where it belongs: The Palestinians.