Matthew Karlovsky’s letter (“Jews and the Golden Calf,” Jewish News, Nov. 25) and Jeffrey Schesnol’s letter (“Nonreligious Zionists founded Israel,” Jewish News, Dec. 16) on the subject of Jewish voters and their motivations vis-á-vis the State of Israel, both simplified an issue that is not simple.
To begin with, most Jews are overwhelmingly Democrats and vote that way. To conclude that Jews who voted for Hillary Clinton voted against their own interests is nonsense. In a presidential election, intelligent voters, whether Democrats or Republicans, consider numerous issues from economics to foreign affairs and other important matters in between. Republicans mostly voted for Trump because they believed he was the best choice in a race between two highly questionable candidates. For the most part, Republicans appear to be happy they did.
As Republicans and Democrats, we have to accept the results without all the negativity that has occurred. We are all fortunate to be living in the most successful democracy on the planet. Now it is time to heal the election wounds and put your energy to work and find a project in the Jewish or general community to help people in need. We need to appreciate what we have and do our best to make life better for others.
David R. Frazer