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bThe October 1973 Yom Kippur War wrought a total and btraumatic change in the thinking of world Jewry as well as bposing a threat to the very existence of Israel. The previous bveiled hostility towards the Jewish State and the Jewish bpeople, which had been shunted into the background as the bresult of Auschwitz, prosperity and the apparent strength of bthe Israelis after the Six Day War, now erupted in the wake bof the Arab attack on Israel. That attack, a military failure bfor the Arabs, was turned into a political success of great bmagnitude thanks to an American foreign policy that—in bthe aftermath of the defeat in Vietnam that I had long bwarned would emasculate American willingness to stand up bfor freedom—had turned drastically. The architect of the bnew policy that sought to escape the threat of an oil embar- bgo, to capture a preferred place in the Arab sun, and to bavoid a confrontation with the Soviets, was Henry Kissinger.

bKissinger, a refugee from Germany, was a monumental begoist. He sought a permanent place in history by creating a bpolicy of détente with the Soviet Union that effectively bdestroyed the successful 25-year-old American policy of bstanding up on behalf of small nations against the en- bcroachment of Communist aggression. His greatest weapon bwas unmitigated brazenness that enabled him to blandly lie bto both parties during the secret negotiations he enjoyed so bmuch. Lies led to the temporary, meteoric success of his bVietnam peace agreement (for which he shared the Nobel b 

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