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b“Jackson looks upon Israel from the normal and proper bpoint of view of overall American foreign policy. His views bon what should be the American stance vis-à-vis the Jewish bState are based on the basic question of what is good for the bUnited States. Such people are to be trusted far more than bthe actors who promise all things to all voters and whose bneed for a Jewish vote impels them to make pledges they bnever intend to honor in any meaningful way.”

bUnfortunately, the JDL’s early understanding of Jackson bwas not shared by the American Jewish community and he bsoon dropped out of the presidential race, to the detriment bof both the United States and the Jews. It was only when bJackson openly and visibly appeared as a champion of bJewish rights in 1973, as he championed his amendment to bwithhold most-favored-nation trade status from the Soviets buntil they allowed free emigration, that Jews began to sup- bport him. It was yet another case of the myopia of the bAmerican Jews in contrast to the farsightedness of JDL.

bThe same theme of Jewish interest led us, during the bNixon-McGovern campaign, to strongly oppose McGovern. bAgain, it was hardly out of love for Richard Nixon bthat we openly supported him but rather because of bMcGovern’s weak stand on military aid to Israel, his support bfor the Rogers Plan to make Israel return all but “insubstan- btial” parts of the lands liberated in 1967, his support for bquotas and reverse discrimination, and, above all, his bisolationism and plan to withdraw America from its role as bguardian of the Free World. As I wrote on June 2:

b“I have no doubt that George McGovern, Democratic bcandidate for president, is a good and kind man, sincere in bthe manner of the American plainsman. He is all that, plus a bpotential disaster for Israel and the Jewish people. All the bknee-jerk Jewish liberals in our midst who back McGovern bhad better take a good and long look at the direction in bwhich their knee is jerking today.

b“The simple and indisputable fact is that a man who badvocates the cutting of thirty billion dollars from the de- bfense budget and who will emasculate the United States barmed forces; who proposes cutting defense to the United bStates role as the ‘policeman of the world’ and who demands b 

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