[To Joseph Farah:] Although I am grieved to have to agree with the main thrust of your column "Is Israel its own worst enemy," there are some of us over here whom you describe as dual Israeli-Americans who indeed are voting for Trump and who do not cave into the anti-Zionist narrative that both the international and domestic media feed to us.
It is the soft, compassionate, always hoping-for-the-best mindset of our people that oftentimes works against us. My cousins in this country are left-wingers, and I recall the day after their daughter (also a relative of mine) was a victim of a Jerusalem city bus terror attack. I asked the mother of the family how she could ever believe that people who are willing to indiscriminately murder Jews could ever be "peace partners." She answered me that she was simply tired of sending her husband, her sons, her neighbors, off to war, generation after generation. She was willing to take any chance available to break that cycle. To her, that cycle was more important to break than to solve the longer-range problem of how we can survive as a nation. That was the moment when I understood the deception that left-wingers over here are willing to swallow – any hope of things changing is worth risking everything to them. Everything.
Of course to me, the son of a post-World War II Nazi hunter, I believe a different narrative, the same one you do, about our needed steps for survival over here. But yes, we are our own worse enemies in the ways that you mention. Thus, I feel very torn about Mr. Peres' recent death. His political vision was suicide for our nation and people, in my view. Yet one feels a bit stricken to lose another Jew. Nevertheless, the attention that he is receiving and the international sympathy he is garnering today saddens me because those who venerate him also venerate his vision of the unworkable two-state "solution."
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Anyhow, thanks for your writing, and keep up the good work.