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Israel’s deputy FM: Russian Jews get what some American Jews forget

One hundred Jewish leaders from Russia sent a public letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to ignore the call from Jewish-American leaders and public figure to make territorial concessions for peace.

“…we believe that the decisions of the Head of the Government of Israel on critical issues should be taken for the sake of people of Israel only… Decisions on national security issues must not be made under external pressure, regardless of its origins: world public opinion, U.S. leaders or even influential American Jews.”

In response to both letters, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud-Beitenu) told the Maariv daily paper that “pressure from overseas shouldn’t guide the prime minister in leading the diplomatic process… I am glad that the leaders of the Russian Jewish community get what is sometimes forgotten by some American Jews.”

Israel has no full time foreign minister, since this role is being kept by Netanyahu for Avigdor Lieberman’s possible return to the government after his corruption trial ends.

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    1. jeremy

      They happen to be right

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    2. “Israel has no full time foreign minister, since this role is being kept by Netanyahu for Avigdor Lieberman’s possible return to the government after his corruption trial ends.” : Repeated reading of this statement helps me understand why One State is inevitable.

      All Obama did was ask that settlers be brought under the law. I guess that is a “concession” too.

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    3. Giora Me'ir

      Don’t want our input? We’ll keep our tax money.

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    4. XYZ

      Elkin is absolutely correct. As I have pointed out in other threads, the basic belief of “progressives” is that everyone in the world deep down wants what they want, i.e. everyone in the world would set up governments that are modelled on Swedish Social Democratic principles. If they don’t have such a regime in power, it is due to nefarious outside forces preventing it. Elkin is pointing out that Jews from the Soviet Union have seen a dark side of humanity that the “progressives” don’t seem to realize exists, but which is all-too real.

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      • sh

        “Elkin is pointing out that Jews from the Soviet Union have seen a dark side of humanity that the “progressives” don’t seem to realize exists, but which is all-too real.”
        And they are, according to you and Elkin, intent on replicating it. One doesn’t need to be a progressive to realize that such an approach does not indicate a robust psyche.

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