Friday, December 24, 2010

On Defending Kissinger - An Unpublished Letter

In response to a letter published in the New York Times defending Henry Kissinger, I responded thus:-

The letter in defense of Henry Kissinger by three past chairmen of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations asks us to consider the context of all of the former Secretary of State's actions on Israel (Dec. 22, 2010).

In doing so, we need recall that it also was his intention to see Israel “bleed just enough to soften it up for the post-war diplomacy he was planning” as your paper published the story on March 17, 1976. In fact, it was President Nixon, ostensibly the more verbal anti-semitic of the two in the recently released tape transcripts, who overruled Kissinger's policy and ordered the airlift to beleaguered Israel.

I guess the NYT isn't that excited over Kissinger's lack of morals.


From Shmuel Katz:

...When the Israeli Army, after its initial were and nearly fatal setback, began turning the tables, and while the Soviet Union was operating its new, massive supply train, airborne and seaborne, of supplies to Egypt and Syria, the losses the Israeli Army bad suffered threatened a shortage of essential materiel. There occurred then a never officially explained delay, lasting eight days, in the shipping to Israel of promised supplies by the United States. In reply to the daily agitated appeals by the Israeli Ambassador, the American Secretary of State claimed that it was the Defense Department that was holding up the supplies. In fact, the Defense Department was acting according to the directions of the State Department. What the Secretary of State omitted to explain to the Israeli Ambassador was that (as he had explained to his colleague, the Chief of U.S. Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.) it was his intention to see Israel “bleed just enough to soften it up for the post-war diplomacy he was planning.”


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