Heather Robinson speaks with attorney and author Scott D. Reich, a member of The Jewish Week's 2013 class of 36 Under 36, about his book "The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters To A New Generation."
In an early election-season speech, in a campaign that finds the presidential incumbent often under attack as – at best – lukewarm to the interests of Israel, Vice President Biden delivered what he considered a knockout punch last week.
President Obama, Biden declared during a speech at New York University marking Israel’s 64th anniversary, is second only to the commander-in-chief widely considered the Jewish State’s best friend ever in the White House.
One loved Nixon. One ran against Nixon in 1972, and was the brother-in-law of the man who beat Nixon in 1960. Yet a real bond seemed to develope between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sargent Shrive. Here's Schwarzenegger's tribute to Shriver in The Los Angeles Times.
'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except, of course, Henry Kissinger’s publicists and strategists who decided that the slowest news day of the year was the perfect time for him to apologize, sort of, for telling Richard Nixon in 1973 that “if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
I admit it, after 24 years in this business I was still surprised by the “but-he-was-good-for-Israel” defense of Henry Kissinger I've been reading in blogs, Jewish Week comments and emails.
What Kissinger said, in a White House conversation with that old anti-Semite President Richard Nixon, was this: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
'Kissinger, in addition to being the quintessential court Jew, is also a hypocrite.'
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Special to the Jewish Week
I cannot remember reading anything as despicable or callous as Henry Kissinger’s observation, captured for posterity on secret White House recordings newly released by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, that “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Henry Kissinger is heard saying the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American concern on newly released tapes chronicling President Nixon's obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.
Kissinger's remarks come after a meeting between the two men and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on March 1 1973, in which Meir pleads for U.S. pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jews.