My Take on the Flotilla Crisis

A series of letters I wrote to the New York Times about the Gaza flotilla situation:

Here are the links to the articles:

To the Editor:
Re: “Deadly Israeli Raid Draws Condemnation,” By Isabel Kershner, June 1st, 2010

Given the international community’s kid-gloves approach to Iran it is disturbing and outrageous to see Israel condemned fiercely by the nations of the world in what is a horrendous double standard. Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb to menace all of mankind with and Israel is attempting to stop the flow of material aid to a terrorist organization. Nevertheless, it is Israel that is denounced by the UN Security Council while that body remains quiet on the Iranian nuclear program. Approaching the heights of hypocrisy, the Prime Minister of Turkey downgraded ties with the Jewish State, which he labeled “a state sponsor of terrorism” while he has helped the bomb-building Islamic Republic, which provides support to Hamas and Hezbollah, avoid slap-on-the-wrist sanctions. This double standard should bother anyone with a fundamental sense of fairness, and it must be resolved before Israel is dragged through the mud.

DANIEL SOLOMON, Belle Harbor, NY, June 1st, 2010

Re: “A Credible Investigation” Editorial

To The Editor:.
Just as the so-called activists aboard the ship Israel raided sought to
lynch IDF commandos, an international investigation would lynch the Jewish
State. We have seen this already with the supposedly impartial Goldstone
Report, written by a commission whose writers had already made their
conclusions before they were empanelled. Similarly, the UN Human
Rights Commission — which is composed of some of the world’s worst human rights violators — is completely incapable of carrying out an impartial
investigation. Even the Middle East Peace Quartet cannot be fair,
because of the participation of the United Nations, an organization
that for twenty years equated Zionism with racism. On the other hand,
Israel is an open society with a vibrant democracy, a free press, and
a people willing to question their government. The Jewish State
possesses two strengths that are unique to liberal democratic systems,
the abilities of  introspection and self-correction, which it is ready
and able to use.
DANIEL SOLOMON, Belle Harbor, NY, June 4th, 2010

To The Editor:

Re: “Turkey’s Fury”

Turkey should get its own house in order and come to terms with its bloody past before it lashes out against Israel. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed much compassion for the people of Gaza, but where is his sympathy for the Kurds, who have been persecuted by the Turkish government for generations? Where is his apology for the Armenian genocide? Additionally, what type of friend condones attempts by its flag-ships to run a blockade and deliver cement – which can be used for bombs – to a terrorist organization dedicated to that friend’s destruction? That doesn’t sound like a good friend to me.

DANIEL SOLOMON, Belle Harbor, NY, June 5th, 2010


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