THE STORY OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE Page 305
Chapter 9: And Now . . .
 
 
Prev Page   Page Guide   Next Page
And Now . . . 305

b“If Jewish militants had planned actions against the bSoviets and Iraqis in Belgium, it is entirely possible that bIsrael would have acted differently and not jailed me. Her binterests are not vital there, so it is permitted to help Soviet band Iraqi Jews. But the United States is different. Israel will bdo anything to stop what she conceives to be harm to her bvital interests with Washington, and Soviet and Iraqi Jews are bnot as important as good relations with Richard Nixon. Israel bis prepared to do almost anything to protect her own in- bterests with the United States, and the proof of her willing- bness to betray vital Jewish interests that ‘threaten’ her own bmay be clearly seen in the incredible betrayal of Senator bHenry Jackson.

b“When Mrs. Meir tells the press that Israel now supports bboth Jackson and Nixon, she knows that this is a political and bintellectual impossibility. When the government defeats a bKnesset resolution which would praise Jackson, we know bthat Mrs. Meir’s government not only has made an impossi- bble statement, but that it lied. Israel was asked by Mr. Nixon bto soften her campaign for Soviet Jews to put pressure on bAmerican Jews to do the same. In return, Mr. Nixon bpledged continued military and political support for Israel. bIsrael looked to her own interests and repeated the crime of bthe forties. There are those who say, concerning the period, b‘Never Again.’ What Israel has done is ‘Again.’

b“And that was the essence of the message delivered to me bby Police Major Avraham Levi, who asked me, ‘Don’t you brealize that you are harming our friendly relations with the bUnited States?’

b“Not a word about Soviet Jews or the clipping on his desk bwhich described the murder of five Iraqi Jewish members of bthe same family. The only thought was: Us. What will hap- bpen to us? How will this affect us? The Israelis know that an birrevocable détente certainly means a savage turning on bSoviet Jewry, as the only need for Kremlin restraint passes baway. Soviet Jews, here and in Russia, tell them constantly. bBut that is not the point. In 1973 as in 1943, the question for bthe Jewish Establishment is: But how will it affect us? And bso, the Josephs in the Soviet Union are sold, once again, by btheir brothers—for pieces of self-interest . . .

Prev Page   Page Guide   Next Page
 
 
THE STORY OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE Page 305
Chapter 9: And Now . . .