Out of fragility, improved relations for Israel
Regarding “The limits of a fragile coalition” (Editorial, Sept. 23):
Although the current coalition government in Israel may need to avoid changing policies that relate to the future of the Palestinians in order to prevent its collapse, it can take actions to improve their relations with the outside world.
One example is implementation of a policy of prayer space for non-Orthodox Jews at the Western Wall. The other is raising the public profile of the nine female cabinet ministers who are serving in this new government. These women, taking the lead in addressing COVID issues within Israeli schools, as well as proposals for Israeli participation in the international battle against climate change, present a 21st century image that is far preferable to the haredi Orthodox parties that were a significant political presence in the previous government of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Punish all for the sins of some?
In “Jonathan Greenblatt apologized. My opposition to the Islamic center remains” (Opinion, Sept. 16), Gerard Leval argues that it is “no more possible to deny that the [9/11] attacks were perpetrated in the name of Islam, even though few Muslims were involved, than it is possible to deny the role of the German nation in the crimes of the Holocaust, even though only some Germans were involved….”
Employing that same logic, one could argue that the Church has a good case to make against the Jewish people, in light of — according to the New Testament — the complicity of Jewish leadership in Jesus’ crucifixion, even though most Jews at that time had no say in the matter.