2011-06-10 / Letters

Still More On Israel

Dear Editor,

There is still more to “What The President Got Wrong” (Weiner Writes From Capital Hill — May 27). President Obama calling for Israel to consider returning to pre-1967 borders as a basis for negotiations with Palestinians made no sense. Even worse was Weiner’s colleague — neighboring Queens Congressmember Gary Ackerman who said about Obama’s comments “a strongly pro-Israel speech that the savvy pro-Israel community would appreciate.” Will Weiner disassociate himself from Ackerman’s comments? No wonder Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and any resident or genuine friend of Israel would tell you any attempt at returning to pre-1967 borders could not work today. These boundaries previously invited repeated attacks from Arab neighbors. With territory as little as nine miles wide, there would be no Israeli neighborhood safe as today’s rocket and missile technology has evolved to a much wider target area. Terrorists and other adversaries have easy access to these weapons in mounting attacks. The reality is that President Obama, with the tacit support of Weiner, Ackerman and other Congressional Obama supporters are throwing Israel, one of our most reliable allies, under the bus by proposing undefendable potential borders. Clearly Obama is not kosher. Everyone knows that Congressmember Weiner as a loyal Democrat will continue standing side by side with President Obama. At the end of the day, despite token differences, Weiner will endorse President Obama when running for re-election on the same ticket in 2012. With a safe seat, Weiner will than shortly after being reelected announce his candidacy for Mayor in 2013. Voters who are true friends of Israel should consider returning the favor by not reelecting the team of Obama and Weiner in 2012. Why not send a true friend of Israel to Congress from the 9th District who will serve out their full two year term rather than Weiner who will attempt to cut and run in 2013?

LARRY PENNER

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