The Editorial, “Bibi, Obama And Purim” (March 6) contrasted the approaches of President Obama to Prime Minister Netanyahu. The Editorial describes the president as taking a pragmatic approach while the prime minister is a “student of history.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pragmatic as “dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories.” There is nothing reasonable or logical in the president’s approach to the Middle East. No reasonable or logical person would support a corrupt government (Palestinian Authority) that supports and pays salaries to terrorists over a fully democratically elected government where everyone’s rights, even those of their enemies, are protected under the law.
Yes, Netanyahu is a “student of history.” But to his credit he is also the pragmatic one. When an enemy states over and over again they are going to annihilate you, you believe them and act accordingly. That is reasonable and logical and proven by 2000 years of persecution. Unfortunately, many diaspora Jews were afraid to do so before and during World War II and millions of Jews died as a result. I thank Mr. Netanyahu for doing everything in his power to prevent a repeat of that even if it makes him unpopular with liberal America.