Jaime Kardontchik
Jaime Kardontchik

To Ronald Lauder – World Jewish Congress president

I read with interest the opinion piece “Israel must make public diplomacy the top of its agenda – opinion”, written by Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and published in the Jerusalem Post on August 25, 2021. It has many valuable points. I appreciate very much the work that Mr. Lauder and the World Jewish Congress are doing on behalf of the Jewish people.

However, in two critical areas Mr. Lauder misses the point: the first point is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The root cause of the problem is not the Israeli occupation of the West Bank (that I too wish to end), neither the poor conditions of the Palestinian population in Gaza, which Israel does not occupy (and it – the terrible conditions of its population – could change much for the better by a simple decision of its leaders to stop firing rockets at Israeli cities, sending incendiary balloons over the border to the neighboring Israeli towns and other acts of aggression, and dedicate the resources of Gaza to its economic development, instead of to the manufacturing of rockets).

Dear Mr. Lauder: you can learn in a nutshell the root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if you read my short article “What can be learned from Afghanistan” that I lately published in the Times of Israel [1]

The second critical area where Mr. Ronald Lauder completely misses the point is in the reasons of how the “trendy intellectual circles” [sic] in the US look at Israel. Does Israel have the right to exist? An affirmative answer to this question – as Mr. Lauder rightly points out – would make one a Zionist (and an undesirable person [sic] in these trendy circles).  A negative answer to this question – the negation of the right of the Jewish people to self-determination – is plain antisemitism and leads to the diverse forms of antisemitic hate dressed in anti-Israel rhetoric, best expressed in the motto “Boycott and BDS Israel”.

Dear Mr. Lauder: you can learn about these “trendy intellectual circles” in the US that you deeply seek to get their support and the root cause of their criticism of Israel and their negation of the right of Israel to exist, from my book “Boycott of Israel is Wrong: How to fight it” [2].

[1] Jaime Kardontchik, “What can be learned from Afghanistan”, Times of Israel, August 22, 2021:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/what-can-be-learned-from-afghanistan/

[2] Jaime Kardontchik, “Boycott of Israel is Wrong: How to fight it”, September 2021. The book is available for free download from the ResearchGate website:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352573399_Boycott_of_Israel_is_Wrong_How_to_fight_it

About the Author
Jaime Kardontchik has a PhD in Physics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He lives in the Silicon Valley, California.
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