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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Op-ed: A true friend of Israel
The Jewish Advocate
By David Strauss
What is a friend? A friend celebrates your joys, stands by you in times of trouble – and lets you know when you’re hurting yourself. A friend will tell you how others see you, even if it’s unpleasant.
And so I was very proud to learn that Rep. Barney Frank, my own Congressman and one of Israel’s staunchest supporters in Washington,demonstrated himself to be a true friend of Israel. Writing to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, he spoke some difficult truths regarding Israel’s settlement policy, particularly as it is viewed in the U.S. “As one who supports the essential justice of Israel’s position,” Frank writes, “I am concerned about the role of American public opinion…. A perception that the Israeli government is failing to carry though its agreement to evacuate settlements… is very damaging to the state of Israel.”
Each new settlement home on the West Bank is another step away from a mutually acceptable peace agreement with the Palestinians, further straining territorial continuity of Palestinian lands, making it ever harder for Palestinians to negotiate in good faith, and making the work of U.S. mediators qualitatively more difficult. And each new settlement home serves as one more piece of evidence that the Israeli government is refusing to abide by its commitments to the American government.
Frank understands this. “Maintaining a strict policy of no new settlements and going forward with the evacuation of those that … are obstacles to the ultimate establishment of a Palestinian State,” he writes, “are in my judgment very important aspects of Israeli policy that will not only be
If American politicians, the American public, and the American Jewish community want to truly support Israel, they will follow Barney Frank’s lead and openly and honestly tell one of this country’s closest friends and allies that she must change her behavior – for the sake of her own future. A friend tells you when you have a problem.