Accusers and defenders
Professor Alan Nadler professes to know who is a menace to Israel (“Like Bibi, AIPAC followers say they’re wary of Iran deal,” March 5). Never mind the great ovation accorded Netanyahu during his
addresses to both AIPAC and the joint session of Congress.
It has been particularly interesting to read of the responses from two great friends of Obama, Elie Wiesel and Alan Dershowitz. Wiesel sat in the speaker’s box with the prime minister’s wife, Sara, during Netanyahu’s speech. And Dershowitz had this to say: “As a liberal Democrat who twice campaigned for President Barack Obama, I am appalled that some Democratic members are planning to boycott the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I certainly would never vote for or support a member of Congress who walked out on Israel’s prime minister.”
As for accusations on ignoring protocol, The New York Times subsequently volunteered a correction: “An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.”
Professor Nadler, Jewish history is not short on Jewish detractors. Perhaps you will be included in the next edition of The Jewish Divide over Israel: Accusers and Defenders, by Edward Alexander and Paul Bogdanor.