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HEI~iTAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2012 PAGE :A HERITAGE encourages readers to send in their opinions for the Viewpoint column. They must be signed; how- ever, names will be withheld upon request. Due to space limitatioris, we reserve the right to edit, if necessary. Opinions printed in Viewpoint do not'necessarily reflect the opinions of the paper. Forget voting the way our parents did I believe that most of us are influenced by our upbringing. I was born to Jewish parents on Long Island, N.Y. I believe I am the person I am today from the lessons I learned early in life and from my faith. The Jewish faith teaches respon- sibility, education and love of our fellow man. Since I was a child my fam- ily voted Democrat. It seemed to be the party of the Jews in this country. The 2008 election provided President Obarna an opportu- nity to make changes that fit his ideology. But where did his belief system come from? He spent most of his youth outside the continental United States. Born to a Muslim fa- ther and atheist mother, he lived in places like Indonesia and Hawaii (where he spent years with Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed Communist, whom he called his mentor). Sowhathashappenedsince dent Obama said, "You're sick settlements from the rest of wanted Israel to return to the the 2008 election? Let's forget of him? I have to work with theWestBank.Thisfencehad 1967 borders (suicide) while the economy, the 5 trillion himeveryday."Ononevisitto stopped the wave of suicide not asking the Palestinians dollar increase ofthe national theWhiteHousethe President bombersthatkilledover 1,000 to recognize the legitimacy debt (which Obama said he refused to have a picture of lives in Israel. of the State of Israel. Obama was going to cut in half), the him and the Prime Minister After moving to Chicagorefuses to call Jerusalem the 8 percent of the population shaking hands. On another he joined the church of an capitol of Israel. still unemployed (plus those visit he kept the Prime Min- anti-Semiticpreachernamed When the U.S. hacl an op- who have given up). ister waiting by taking a din- Jeremiah Wright where he portunity to help the people Let's just concentrate on ner break in the middle of a spent 20 years listening to of Iran fight against their the President's relationship meeting. While waiting they his fiery sermons about the leaders, the President said with Israel. Since his elec- were served non-kosher food, United States. we should not get involved tion he has not visited Israel. 90hich went uneaten. More Obama's plan for peace in in the internal working of a He has been to seven other recently he decided not to the Middle East is to force sovereign nation. A few short Muslim countries during meetwiththePrimeMinister Israel from building settle- weeks later he got involved which times he announced when he was in New York due mentstostopthe"Palestinian with the people of Hondu- his intention was to seek "a to lack of time in his scheduld" problem." When Israel issued ras after they expelled their new beginning between the but was able to find the time a permit to build houses in would-be dictator President. U.S. and Muslims around to appear, again, on the TV East Jerusalem, Obama be- It does seem that Obama the world" while bowing to show "The View." came enraged and had Hillary is afraid to side with Israel on their leaders, something no In college Obama joinedClinton call Netanyahu and anyissue for fear he will upset otherPresidenthaddone.The several Marxist clubs and read him the riot act. She Muslims.Hebelievesthatifwe President courted the Jewish while at Columbia he studied did so and asked for the re- apologizeforpastactionsthey vote and brought in a great withapro-Palestinianprofes- lease of prisoners, easing the will now love us and become deal of money only to ignore sor, Edward Said, and Israel- blockade of Gaza, etc. Israel democratic simply through us after the election, bashing professor Rashid was told that refusal of these the magic of his words. How In 2008, while in Paris, Khalidi.In2004Obamaspoke demandswouldconcludethat is that working out? referring to Prime Minister against the barrier built to the U.S. and Israel no longer Benjamin Netanyahu, Presi- separate Israel and large shared the same interests. He Viewpoint on page 18A By Gilead Sher TEL AVIV (JTA)--Palestin- ian Authority President Mah- moud Abbas told European diplomats that he will resume negotiations with Israel on a two-state solution afker the United Nations votes in November on a Palestinian re- quest for "non-member state" status. What's most interesting about the widespread report lastweekis thatAbbas made no mention of his longstanding demand for Israel to halt West Bank settlement construction, which Israel has refused, before peace talks resume. But attempts at negotia- tion have failed for more than three years while the Iranian nuclear threat has pushed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict off the international agenda. -That's why a new approach for tackling this conflict is needed--one that would give the parties a sense of prog- ress and hope, and facilitate a return to negotiations. It would aim at attaining tran- sitional arrangements, such to pressure from violence and whereJewishcommunitiesare oppose the establishment of a enable progress to be made on as a partial, phased or in- terrorism, asitcurrentlyisnot, iocatedandthathavebeenvol= Palestinian state. But Israel's core territorial and security terimagreement, ratherthana For example, Israel should untarily evacuated. Only after continued construction in the issues without discussions of permanent-statusagreement, implementavoluntaryevacua- alongandmonitoredperiodof settlement blocs also will de- JerusalemandthePalestinian One new approach, devel- tion-compensationplan--and quiet will Israel withdraw its liver a message: Return to the refugees holding up progress. oped by Blue White Future, pass laws--f0r settlers living forces and consider the pres- negotiating table. Otherwise, Given the slide toward a a nonpartisan Israeli organi- east of th~ security fence ~o ence ofa~ international force a reality of two states whose binational state, Israel must zation, entails constructive thatthosewhowishcanbegin in the evacuated territories, common border is the route take control of its destiny by unilateral measures by Israel relocating to within Israel The IDFwill maintain its free- of the security fence or any takingconstructiveunilateral and/or the Palestinians, mu- proper or to the settlement dom of action in these areas, similar route decidedby Israel measures to ensure its future tually coordinated in certain blocs that will become part This will prevent the creation will take hold. as a democratic Jewish state cases.Thiswoulddiminishthe of Israel in any land-swap ofasecurityvacuumandavoid The Palestinian Author- secure in its borders. conflict by gradually creating agreement, even before an the serious mistake made in ity's seeking U.N. recognition The U.S. president should a reality of two states, agreement isreached.Accord- 2005, when Israel withdrew and constructively building support this approach, as it A unilateral measure is ing to recent polls, nearly 30 from the Gaza Strip, which institutions of statehood in is also in America's interest. constructive if it does not percent of these 100,000 set- then became a launching pad the West Bank are unilateral It would encourage steps contradict the vision of two tlers would accept compensa- forrocketsandmissi!estarget- steps. Neither contradicts the aimedatfacilitatingan Israeli- states for two peoples--even tion and quickly relocate into ing Israel. two-statevision.ThoughIsrael Palestinianagreementandre- more so if it promotes this Israel proper. Through this constructive andtheObamaadministration ducing tensions in the Middle vision--and if it does not Israel also should put into unilateral approach, which Object to thebid for statehood, East, thereby improving the obstruct a return to negotia- place a construction freeze does notdepend on a Palestin- it provides opportunities they environment for dealing with tions. It is not contingent on east of the security fence and ian partner or on progress in should explore. Iran's nuclear threat. a renewal of negotiations or in the Arab neighborhoods thepoliticalprocess, Israelwill If negotiations resume, Gilead Sher, co-founder of on progress in talks. Instead, of Jerusalem. Construction affirm that its policy is driven they should be based on a Blue White Future in Israel, these steps would proceed in in the main settlement blocs by choice and for the sake of "what&as been agreed will be was Israeli Prime Minister tandemwith efforts to negoti- andtheJewishneighborhoods its national interests, implemented" principle. This Ehud Barak's chief of staff ate a settlement, with borders in the Jerusalem region may What's more, by promoting will replace the "nothing is andlsrael'sco-chiefnegotiator based on the June 1967 lines continue, a reality of two states, Israel agreed until everything is with the Palestinians in 2000 with territorial swaps. This plan does not include will deliver a message to the agreed" formula and smooth and 2001. He is a senior re- For Israel, it is important the mandatory removal of Palestiniansthatitdoesnotsee the path toward transitional search associate at the TelAviv to implement these measures settlers. The Israeli Defense its future in territories east of arrangements and partial, InstituteforNationalSecurity preciselywhenitisnotsubject Forceswillremainintheareas the security fence and does not gradual agreements. This wiU Studies. HERITAGE welcomes and encourages let- ters to the editor, but they must be typed or printed and include name and phone number. We will withhold your name if you so request. Please limit letters to 250 words. Due to space limitations, we reserve j the right to edit letters. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@orlandoheritage.com. Dear Editor, Recently I attended a bar mitzvah in Orlando and had the misfortune of sitting in front of the row where the friends of the bar mitzvah were sitting. While the rabbi spoke, the cantor sang, and even when the bar mitzvah himself chanted the Maftir, his hafto- rah, and gave his d'vor Torah, they never stopped talking. On top of that, the lan- guage and curses used during their discourse were totally inappropriate for a house of worship. And then there were the High Holiday services at my synagogue where the row in front of us during services was made up of adults who did not stop talking for the entire duration of the rabbi's sermon. Jewish services are very fluid with people coming and going all of the time. If you want to talk, then leave the service and go to the lobby and have a nice con- versation with your friends so that those of us who are there can enjoy and hear the service. I would hope that people who go to services are there to hear the wisdom and melodies dispensed by the clergy and not to disturb everyone else with their nonstop chatter that is distracting. Shari Yudenfreund-Sujka Winter Park, Fla. Dear Editor, I read with interest, and then concern, the Republican flyer that was enclosed in the latest copy of the Heritage Florida Jewish News. There are many inaccuracies in the flyer: Obama did not refuse to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He insisted the reference to Jerusalem suspectsinceheknowshewas as the capital be added to the not competent. For a descrip- Democratic platform after it tion of his lies that appeared was mistakenly left off. He did during the debate, check out not insist on the 1967 borders this URL: - he merely wanted to discuss http://readersupport- options. Our poor economy . ednews.org/opinion2/279- came from George Bush, not 82/13803-romney-told-27- Obama.And our economy has myths-in-38-minutes nothing to do with Israel. I Also the Republican party recognizeFoxman'snamebut has degenerated into the I have never heard of the other party that wants to prevent all two so-called experts.And I do women from getting abortions not expect Obama or anyone and the party that is trying to else to be in love with Israel force women to have ultra- - he is not Jewish. He is our soundsinVirginia. Ifawoman presidentandmakesdecisions is raped, the Republican Rep. astowhatisbestfortheUnited Todd Akin assumes she will States. Furthermore, who not get pregnant due to the are Michael Goldstein, Renie rape shutting down the sperm Tell, and Bruce Marks? Why and the egg meeting - not aretheir opinions important? exactly scientific! The Vice- If you want to look at liars, Presidential candidate Paul start examining Romney's Ryan has co-authored several lies, which are considerable bills, that fortunately did not - also his attitude toward pass, that treat the fetus as be- non-rich people. I guess my ing more important than the husband and I, since we are mother. Also, the Republican on pensions, must be in the 47 party wants to treat gay people percent whom he has written as second class citizens. The off! Romney was a disaster Republicans have some very for Massachusett~ when he sickpeopleintheparty!Repub- was governor- the state went licans used to be respectable. from 37th in the nation in job I am a retired high school creation to 47th at the end of teacher and radio announc- his termand he caosed many er. My husband is a retired other problems in the area college administrator. We of the state's" economy. He are Reform Jews who live in does not emphasize his time Massachusetts and Winter as Massachusetts governor I Park. My husband and I are Zionists and have been ertarian candidate instead. to Israel. I am a registered Ifanyonecarestocomment, Independent and will vote my e-mail address is either- for Obama. My husband isleo@charter.net. a Republican but not voting From, for Romney - voting for a Lib- Bobbie Chase THE OLO THE NEW 15RAELI JOKE BISI, 8ARAK, LIEBERNLAN "TWO W5,