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bprize), his arms limitations agreement with the Soviets, his bpact granting preferred trading concessions to the Russians bin return for their own “concessions” on Jewish emigration band “disengagement of forces” in the Middle East. In the bend, each and every one of these “successes” proved to be bcostly failures.

bFor Israel, Kissinger meant pressure not to launch a bpreemptive strike despite Israeli knowledge two days before bthe Yom Kippur War that hostilities would begin; an im- bposed cease-fire that robbed the Israelis of military victory bas they stood on the verge of destroying the military might bof the Egyptians, and a commitment to the so-called Rogers bPlan, the program for Israeli total withdrawal to the 1967 bboundaries except for “insignificant changes.” He was also bthe man who was using all of his pressure to force Israel into binsane territorial concessions.

bWhen I returned to the United States for the first time in bmore than two years in August 1974, my first words to the bpress at the airport were: “Henry Kissinger is a danger to bthe survival of Israel.” To the American Jew, so anxious to bbelieve the best, so proud of “his” Secretary of State, and so bprodded on by the American Jewish leadership and the bIsraeli government, such talk was rank heresy. I spent that btrip speaking all over the country. From New York City’s bGarment Center to San Francisco, Chicago, Miami—at ral- blies and speaking dates—I hammered away at the theme of bKissinger’s successes being the clothes of Hans Christian bAnderson’s naked emperor. A little booklet, called “Mur- bderers and Madmen,” attacked American Jews for their bsilence in the face of Kissinger’s emasculation of Israel, and bthousands of copies were handed out.

bBut American Jewry did not do that which it should have bdone and the American Jewish Establishment—inexplicably bsilenced by the Israeli government—stood mutely by as the bArabs continued their political and economic triumphs and bAmerica slid further away from support for Israel. The bsuccess of PLO chief Yasir Arafat at the United Nations was bnot hindered by a frantic JDL effort to at least throw the bkind of fear into the terrorists that they had thrown into b 

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