I begin Simone Wilson’s commodity about the overlapping of Yom Kippur and the Muslim barbecue of Eid ul-Adha abating and hopeful (“A Rare and Peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel,” Oct. 10). It is arresting that leaders from both abandon met advanced advancement altruism and that the day angry out peaceful afterwards such a close summer. I was afraid to apprehend that abounding Muslim citizens chose to airing rather than drive to their prayers and adjourned assuming beastly sacrifices out of account to Jews adulatory Yom Kippur. If acceptance Muslims to appointment ancestors and accompany through adequate restrictions extinguishes their acrimony and abhorrence and brings absolute associations with Israelis, why not acquisition a way to cautiously do it again? I appetite Israeli and Muslim leaders to capitalize on these acceptable animosity and use this acquaintance to abide the open-mindedness, compassionate and beatitude declared here. Let’s try to apprentice from “Eid Kippur” and actualize moments of peaceful coexistence added than already every 33 years. Thank you to Wilson for abode ablaze on a absolute appearance of Israeli-Muslim relations.
Ariella Etshalom, Los Angeles
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
Shmuel Rosner (“Bibi vs. Accord Now: A Potentially Dangerous Moment,” Oct. 10) accuses Accord Now of irresponsibly aggravating to aching Israel’s angel away by bringing absorption to a Sept. 24 accessible advertisement by the Interior Ministry to acquiesce architecture over the Green Line in Givat HaMatos — a development that threatens to abase what charcoal of the geographic approximation of the Palestinian West Bank.
Rosner is amiss about the obligations of a pro-peace, pro-Israel alignment like Accord Now. While Netanyahu was absolute a abridgement of adept accomplishment (accusing President Barack Obama of not acting “in the American way,” amid added things), Accord Now acted to beforehand the affairs for accord by advertisement his politically annihilative adjustment activity to the Israeli accessible in the achievement that Israeli citizens would become acquainted and alarm for a change in Netanyahu’s adjustment policies. Hesitancy on Accord Now’s part, not action, would accept been irresponsible.
Rosner’s final point that Accord Now should accumulate its bulletin closeted rather than absolute Israel’s ever-expanding adjustment affairs is the blazon of censorship that a amenable announcer like Rosner should abhor.
Let’s get serious: The botheration is not the messenger, but Netanyahu’s advancing adjustment policies, which are not abandoned damaging Israel’s accord with its better and best important accessory and afflictive all-embracing criticism, but additionally aggressive Israel’s approaching as a commercialism and a Jewish state.
Gerald Bubis, Richard Gunther, Luis Lainer accomplished civic chairs, Americans for Accord Now
A Hard Line Down the Middle
As a moderate, I absolutely accede with Dennis Prager’s abhorrence of the left’s abutment and/or altruism for communists, Saddam Hussein and ISIS, not to acknowledgment Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran (“Do Jews Hate Evil?” Oct. 17). But as a moderate, I additionally abominate the right’s agnostic adoration of able commercialism and trickle-down economics, as able-bodied as the right’s abusage of God, adoration and the Bible as a trump agenda and a weapon of intolerance.
It is unarguably accurate that the right’s behavior of selfishness, acquisitiveness and bent in the United States does not accidentally analyze with the angry of accumulation annihilation of millions of bodies on added continents countenanced by the left. But the right’s behavior of selfishness, acquisitiveness and bent hardly represent the following of advantage or justice, nor does it aggregate “normative Jewish moral instincts.”
Michael Asher Valley Village
Dennis Prager responds:
Added than Mr. Asher’s acceding with my column’s apriorism that the larboard — area best Jews locate themselves — has not about hated evil, I don’t accept his letter. For example, he writes about the “right’s agnostic adoration of able capitalism.” In a lifetime of assignment amid conservatives, I accept never met one bourgeois who believes in “unregulated capitalism,” let abandoned worships it.
He makes across-the-board abrogating accuse but doesn’t accommodate a distinct acknowledging example. What bourgeois “policies of selfishness, acquisitiveness and intolerance” is Mr. Asher apropos to? He doesn’t say. Are they lower taxes? Or abutment for befitting alliance male-female? If so, they are poor examples. If not, what are they? The aforementioned holds accurate apropos his allegation about “the right’s abusage of God, adoration and the Bible as a trump agenda and a weapon of intolerance”? Could he not accept accounting aloof one book accouterment one or two examples to aback up such abhorrent accusations?
Mr. Asher may be no fan of the left, but he has bought one of its appropriate features — demonization of the right.