Dear President Obama:
Israel made an error in announcing that it would be constructing new housing in East Jerusalem during V.P. Biden's visit. That being said, Israel has apologized for this gaffe committed by a low level official. Turning this into a crisis by stating that Israel has to show it is serious about peace as Secretary Clinton did will only embolden already unrealistic Palestinian ambitions even further.
Mrs. Clinton should remember that it was Yasser Arafat that walked out of the Camp David talks convened by her husband after Ehud Barak opened with a generous offer. Therefore, it is the Palestinian leadership whom refuses to negotiate directly with Israel. It should be noted that the Palestinians have still not prepared themselves for peace. Its leadership has not denounced the use of violence against Israel and children are encouraged to martyr themselves. America will be perceived to be weak and waffling in her commitment to fight terror if she pressures her democratic ally to make further concessions before a true peace partner emerges.
Rabbi Steven Saks
Spiritual Leader of Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth,
President of the Delaware Association of Rabbis and Cantors
Senator Carper, Senator Kaffman, Congressman Castle
Note the list of cc:'ed people above are all from Delaware
Rabbi Steven Saks is a participant in Nishma's
"Rabbinic Literacy Project."