Letters from June 20, 2013

<b>Not ‘hindsight’</b> In your May 23 edition, Allan Lichtman, co-author of FDR and the Jews, said, “It’s easy to say [FDR] should have done something else [to help the Jews]. Everything can be perfect in hindsight.” Criticism of President Roosevelt’s policy regarding the Holocaust is not “hindsight.” There were many vocal critics at the time… Read More

P.A. Street

P.A. Street Marc Greidinger challenged me to visit J Street’s website (“Go to the website,” Letters, WJW, May 16). I took that challenge. To be sure the website offers politically correct support for the state of Israel, but, on page after page, J Street criticizes Israel, makes demands of Israel, while endorsing all things Arab…. Read More

FDR and the Coast Guard

FDR and the Coast Guard Your May 23 article “Rethinking Roosevelt” quoted Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman, authors of FDR and the Jews, as claiming that the Roosevelt administration did not send the Coast Guard to prevent the passengers of the refugee ship St. Louis from reaching America’s shore.

Worn-out formulas

Worn-out formulas Alan Elsner asks a pertinent question (“For peace, if not now, when?” WJW, May 16). Unfortunately, his answer takes no account of the real challenges faced by a democratic Israel amidst a sea of belligerent, autocratic regimes. Secretary of State Kerry’s peace mission is based on worn-out formulas that have proven to be… Read More

JCRC is a gem

JCRC is a gem On behalf of the 28 executives of our Federation’s partner agencies, day schools and Hillels, we join in supporting the sentiments expressed in Washington Jewish Week’s May 9 editorial “Our community’s gem in its Diamond Jubilee.” As The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington celebrates its 75th anniversary, we are… Read More

Logical errors

Logical errors The WJW editorial entitled “Jimmy Carter’s lesson” (April 18) contained two common logical errors. The first error, sometimes known as the false analogy, was WJW’s deduction that since Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke at Howard University, former President Jimmy Carter should be allowed to speak at Cardozo. The problem here is that the… Read More

Pleasing refutation

Pleasing refutation When I read the headline “J Street’s growing pains” (WJW, April 11), I braced myself for an ode to J Street. I was enormously pleased that the article provided refutation for each statement and assertion made J Street. A more appropriate headline would have been “J Street Exposed.” As Morton Klein of ZOA… Read More


Washington Jewish Week presents a sampling of comments from our website (washingtonjewishweek.com). Go to the website In his letter of May 8 entitled “Pleasing Refutation,” Melvin Farber appears to rely on comments by a spokesperson for the Zionist Organization of America for the proposition that J Street, an organization which grows every year in both… Read More

Made in Israel

Regarding Steven M. Jacoby’s concern expressed in the April 11 issue of Washington Jewish Week (“Boilerplate response”) that Marriott might be “both latent and blatant anti-Israel and/or anti-Semitic” because there is only one Marriott brand hotel in Israel – a Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv – I would point out that my husband and I… Read More

Failed the test

Failed the test The article by Barbara Goldman and David Streeter (“Medals are not given for being inconsistent,” WJW, April 4) fails the test of honesty and objectivity. It was written to further President Obama’s domestic political agenda rather than contribute to resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian stalemate. It highlights Obama’s receipt of a special Israeli… Read More