Setting the Record Straight
Jimmy Carter revealed his anti-Israel bias in his mendacious book “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid”, while others do the same by promoting Israel Apartheid Week on college campuses nationwide. In a recent letter (“Simply Amazing!” March 28), Barry Hashem cast his lot with this sordid crowd. Not content to relate his anti-Israel views in his own words, he instead resorts to a serial recitation of deliberately false and misleading quotations, inapt comparisons and gross distortions of remarks I made in my recent letter (“Two States Not Best Option,” March 21).
To set the record straight, my letter focused on the concepts of “secure, recognized and defensible borders” for Israel and “autonomy” for the Palestinians. These concepts did not originate with me or ZOA. Rather, they are practical negotiation parameters specifically set forth in landmark U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 and the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord, respectively. Barry Hashem avoids all of these key points in his scurrilous attempt to redraft my letter (apparently in order to malign the Zionist Organization of America — one of the oldest and most respected Jewish organizations in America today).
I am astounded that the JT would choose to print a letter which has no place in the realm of civil discourse.
President, Louis D. Brandeis Chapter
Zionist Organization of America