To the editor:
(re: “Congress must protect Israel,” Oct. 1)
Mr. Patrick McManus wrote recently that Congress must protect Israel.
I agree with that statement, recognizing that bipartisan support for Israel has been an integral part of our foreign policy since Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948.
It is likely that no matter what Mr. Jamaal Bowman’s reservations, that policy will continue.
I think that McManus’ screed was intended as an appeal to Americans of the Jewish faith in our congressional district to vote for him on the basis of their connection with — and their love for — Israel.
He failed to convince me, an American Jew.
Please note that America comes first, and is foremost in my thinking.
I do not want to give any Republican my vote at this time because their positions on matters that affect every American — and me directly — are too critical.
The Republicans are in court as we speak to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They want to privatize Medicare and Social Security. They want to dismantle every regulation that protects our climate, air, public lands and water supply.
Their ticket is headed by a man who, just recently, showed unbelievable disregard for the health and safety of anyone around him. He put the lives of his Secret Service detail at risk just so he could have a joyride — this after more than 200,000 Americans have died because of his refusal to follow the science and encourage people to simply wear masks.
More than 7 million Americans have gotten the virus.
His lies to the people about the pandemic — and everything else — are legion and verified.
He thrives on chaos, and is actively trying to disrupt our coming election.
The Israelis have proven that with their strong military, innovative programs in scientific advancement, and energetic citizenry, they can take care of themselves.
I’m not certain our democracy can survive the current Republican onslaught on our norms and treasured traditions. We don’t need more of that same ilk.
I will thankfully vote for Joe Biden, and even the hopefully teachable Jamaal Bowman.