- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Steven R. Hurst’s Friday article, “Obama now hamstrung on Israeli settlements” (Page 2) shows a complete lack of understanding of Israel and the Middle East “peace process.”

Almost all Israeli Jews and many American Jews have no trust in President Obama. It started with the knowledge of his associations with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers and the like. His membership in the United Church of Christ and its leadership in the Divest From Israel campaign also made many of us question his friendship toward Israel.

Mr. Hurst tells us of “unstinting American support” for Israel. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. also tells us how America will not allow Iran to go nuclear. Well, American inaction and delays on dealing with Iran guarantee the success of Iran’s nuclear program and completely contradict “unstinting support” for Israel.

The Israeli announcement of plans to construct 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem is a bold message to the Obama administration that Israel can say one thing and do another - just as the Obama administration can.

Perhaps Mr. Hurst might consider how damaging to the “peace process” are the Palestinian demands that all Palestinians and every one of their descendants be allowed to return to Israel proper. He also should read the charters of Hamas, Hezbollah and Fatah, which call for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Mr. Hurst is allowed to have his biases, but his readers should know what he is not revealing to them.

JAN MEL POLLER

Bristow, Va.

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