Armenian Issue Presents a Dilemma for U.S. Jews

[New York Times] Neela Banerjee - A proposed Congressional resolution condemning the killing of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey 90 years ago as genocide has created an international furor and deeply offended the Turkish government, both a key ally of Israel's and a crucial logistics player for the American presence in Iraq. It has also put American Jews in an anguished dilemma as they try to reconcile their support of Israel with their commitment to fighting genocide. Rabbi David Lerner of Temple Emunah in Lexington, Mass., explained: "Israel is in a very vulnerable position in the world, and Turkey is its only friend in the Middle East. Genocide is a burning issue for us, now and in the past. It's something of who we are."

2007-10-19 01:00:00

Full Article


Visit the Daily Alert Archive