Clarifying Madoff’s AJCongress Relations: The casual reader might understand from one unintentionally ambiguous sentence in your report on the impact of the Madoff scandal on the American Jewish Congress that Madoff was a member of its investment committee. He was not, and he has not had any personal involvement with us since the early 1980s (“AJCongress Crippled by Madoff Scandal,” January 16).
Yoffie’s Right, Israel Needs Tough Doves: Rabbi Eric Yoffie is right on target both in his affirmation of Israel’s need to respond to the rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel’s cities and in his critique of J Street and of a few Jewish doves who “have demonstrated an utter lack of empathy for Israel’s predicament” (“On Gaza, Sense and Centrism,” January 9).
Warren Pick Doesn’t Speak to This American: Would you explain again how honoring Rick Warren at Barack Obama’s inauguration is, as your editorial put it, “speaking to all Americans” (“Praying With Rev. Warren,” January 2)? For whom will he be praying? And what will he pray for — our conversion?
Court Didn’t Mandate Hebron House Eviction: In your December 19 editorial “Hebron and the Rule of Law,” regarding the evictions of Jews from Hebron’s Beit HaShalom, you write: “In November the court authorized the army to evict the squatters. The troops went in to enforce the law.” That is misleading.
No Need To Hear Tyrants Pontificate: In deciding whether or not to attend the Durban II conference, the new president should take a cue from the Bush administration and spare taxpayers the expense of sending representatives to hear the usual claptrap about racism and discrimination from some of the worst human rights offenders on the face of the planet (“After Israel Pulls Out, Obama Faces Tough Decision on Durban II Racism Conference,” December 5).