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15 Apr 2010

Lauder’s letter

Mark Landler and Helene Cooper note in their New York Times story that World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder has published an open letter to President Obama; the letter is published as an advertisement in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal today. Landler and Cooper report that Lauder said he discussed the letter with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and received his support before taking out the advertisement. Interesting in its own right, the letter is also notable for Netanyahu's public concurrence. Here is the full text of the letter: Ronald S. LauderPresidentWorld Jewish Congress 15 April 2010 Dear President Obama: I write today as a proud American and a proud Jew. Jews around the world are concerned today. We are concerned about the nuclear ambitions of an Iranian regime that brags about its genocidal intentions against Israel. We are concerned that the Jewish state is being isolated and delegitimized. Mr. President, we are concerned about the dramatic deterioration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel. The Israeli housing bureaucracy made a poorly timed announcement and your Administration branded it an "insult." This diplomatic faux pas was over the fourth stage of a seven stage planning permission process - a plan to build homes years from now in a Jewish area of Jerusalem that under any peace agreement would remain an integral part of Israel. Our concern grows to alarm as we consider some disturbing questions. Why does the thrust of this Administration's Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks? After all, it is the Palestinians, not Israel, who refuse to negotiate. Israel has made unprecedented concessions. It has enacted the most far reaching West Bank settlement moratorium in Israeli history. Israel has publicly declared
Mark Landler and Helene Cooper note in their New York Times story that World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder has...

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