This is in response to the June l0 letter of Bernard Wolfson ("Very Clear in Cairo"), who disputes Rabbi Danny Schiff's June 8 Perspectives piece ("Unclear in Cairo") on a number of President Barack Obama's recent comments in Cairo.
Jewish yearnings for a return to the land of Israel can be traced back to the Babylonian exile which occurred with the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Then there came some l,900 years of anguish after the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans.
The founding of political Zionism by Theodor Herzl marked the beginning of an organized movement for the re-establishment of a Jewish state. Many of the earliest Zionists were not "biblically directed." In addition, Theodor Herzl was not a French Jew but was born in Budapest and later lived and worked in Vienna and Paris.
Lastly, Mr. Wolfson assigns a moral equivalence to what he terms "intransigence on both sides." Mr. Wolfson owes Rabbi Schiff an apology.