Letters the Week of May 29, 2014


Readers weigh in on recent Middle East coverage and a son remembers the positive influence basketball great Eddie Gottlieb had on his father.

Eddie Gottlieb’s Legacy Keeps on Giving
I read the story of Eddie Gottlieb (Headlines, “Philly’s Eddie Gottlieb Getting His NBA Due,” May 15) and remember my dad, Rudy “The Fox” Krantz, who proudly played for the Jewish Basketball League. My dad said it was his happiest days, keeping him busy and off the streets. Later, my dad taught my brother, Al, to play basketball. My dad would say, “Al, you’re shooting great.” To this day, Al is still shooting great, playing hoops and loving it, and now teaching his children to play basketball.
Please print this for all the boys who didn’t turn to crime or drugs thanks to Eddie.
Marleen Kessler | Lansdale
No Mention of Settlements’ Role in Peace Talks
The discussion of the breakdown of the Kerry-Israel/Palestinians Authority/Hamas “peace talks” (Cover, “With Peace Talks Stalled, Israelis, Palestinians Resort to Old Moves,” May 1) listed several significant obstacles created by the P.A. and Hamas, including non-recognition of the Jewish state, violence, etc. But it somehow failed to discuss the very big elephant in the room, namely Israel’s continued building of settlements on the West Bank. The settlements clearly represent a long-term program for Israel to absorb the West Bank, presumably ultimately displacing the current Palestinian residents. It is no wonder that the Palestinian residents there resist, both on the ground and at the conference table. The descendants of half-brothers Ishmael and Issac should treat each other better. Sibling rivalry has gone too far.
Ben Stavis | Bala Cynwyd
U.S. Aid to Palestinians Goes into a ‘Black Hole’
Your May 1 editorial argued that cutting off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority “may seem like the obvious response” to the P.A.’s pact with Hamas (Opinion, “Non-Negotiable”), but “that needs to be weighed against the potential backlash for Israel if the Palestinian economy and security arrangements deteriorate as a result of those cuts.”
The PA’s “security arrangements” are not serious. The New York Times reported on March 23, 2014, for example, that Israel recently sent troops to pursue Arab terrorists in the Jenin refugee camp because, although Jenin is under full Palestinian control, the Palestinian security forces “did not generally operate in refugee camps” — despite the terrorist activity there. According to official statistics released by Israel’s Security Services, the Shin Bet, there were 1,271 terror attacks by Arabs in Judea-Samaria (the West Bank) last year, up from 578 in 2012. 
As for the possible “deterioration” in the Palestinian economy,  perhaps having an economy based on handouts — from America, the European Union or other sources — is not in the best interest of the Palestinians, or of Israel. A cutoff of U.S. aid might push the Palestinian Authority toward real economic development, instead of keeping tens of thousands of kleptocrats, bureaucrats and security forces on the doles. Besides, why isn’t it the responsibility of the 22 Arab states, some of them the wealthiest oil fiefdoms in the world, to help their Palestinian brethren. Why is the United States obliged to keep pumping American taxpayers’ dollars into the black hole known as the Palestinian economy?
Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
Philadelphia Chapter, Religious Zionists of America


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