Newton D. Bowdan: Where do loyalties lie in ‘two-state’ solution?

Saturday, February 15, 2014
To the editor:

It was with dismay that I left the J Street meeting at Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton Feb. 6 after a half-hour of activist ranting with the goal of pressuring President Obama and Secretary Kerry to twist Israel’s arms in aid of a two-state solution to the Israel problem, under the rubric of peace and justice by the means of boycotting, disinvesting in and sanctioning Israel for living in areas “the world” thinks “illegally occupied Arab territories.”

Who is the world? The same Europeans and their Arab allies who perpetrated, abetted and/or collaborated in the murder of 6 million Jews.

The J Street activists were intelligent, high-achieving, high-minded and comfortable in their Jewish identity, on the safe streets of Northampton, not sheltering with their children from daily rocket and mortar fire from their Arab “neighbors,” who would be “partners” in the two-state solution, at least until replaced by still more extremist governments.

These activists live in a high-minded dream world of peace and justice, as viewed from Mt. Olympus, or, in this case, Mt. Zion.

As Winston Churchill said, “I shall not be impartial as between the fire and the fire brigades.” Or as professor Snape said to professor Quirrell in “Harry Potter” — “You have to decide just where your loyalties lie!”

Newton D. Bowdan

South Hadley