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Letters: D.C. Mideast response inadequate

The moon rises over the Capitol dome in

The moon rises over the Capitol dome in Washington. Credit: AP, 2011

I see that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was "considering" a stand-alone bill to give funds to Israel ["Congress works on aid for Israel," News, July 30], instead of a bill that packages aid to Israel with other measures.

All congressional bills should be limited to a single subject. It should be the law of the land.

William J. Van Sickle, Brentwood

President Barack Obama has been quoted as saying that America has Israel's back.

Then we hear that Chuck Hagel, his defense secretary, has made a deal to sell $11 billion worth of our latest and most sophisticated weaponry to Qatar, weapons including Apache helicopters and Patriot and Javelin anti-tank defense systems.

To remind everyone: Qatar is the country that welcomed the five terrorist Guantanamo Bay prisoners exchanged for U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl.

Oil-rich Qatar is also very friendly with, and a huge financial supporter of Hamas and happens to be enjoying a visit from exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, who is directing the Gaza war from his easy chair in a luxury Qatar hotel suite.

Yes, Obama said he was watching Israel's back. His actions show he is actually stabbing Israel in the back.

Merrily Ratner, Fresh Meadows

Terrorist organization Hamas is at war with democratic Israel. Boko Haram still has the kidnapped girls of Nigeria, and continues to slaughter innocent villagers in the north of that country. The Islamic State group is creating a terroristic Islamic "state" where parts of Syria and Iraq used to be.

Syria itself is in a civil war, with terrorists manning every side. Iraq is essentially broken up into three mini states, all fighting each other for control.

Than there are Iran stonewalling the world regarding nuclear ambitions, Libya and Yemen in sporadic anarchy, and now the Ebola virus spreading through Africa, threatening a pandemic.

And let's not forget the Southern border crisis starring the countries of Central America, and tens of thousands of helpless children being used as pawns by our politicians. Mix it all together and what do you get?

Congress going on recess and President Barack Obama heading to vacation at the end of the week in Martha's Vineyard. What a world we live in.

D.M. Heimowitz, Jericho