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Don’t Touch Nixon, He Saved my Life

At a time when Israel was facing defeat, only one friend rose up to send help.


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I had the opportunity on a number of occasions in October of 1973 to be present at the international airport in Lod and to watch the military C-5 Galaxy planes landing, packed with goods. At the time, we were out of everything.

I had the opportunity on a number of occasions in October of 1973 to be present at the international airport in Lod and to watch the military C-5 Galaxy planes landing, packed with goods. At the time, we were out of everything.
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Finally, I also think a lot of the strife between left and right we’re experiencing in America these days, the paralysis born by an absolute loathing for the other side, can be traced back to the Nixon administration, or, rather, to Watergate.

They shouldn’t have humiliated him like that, the Democrats, I mean. They shouldn’t have forced him out of office. It was a bad precedence which came back to bite them in the backside during the Clinton administration, and derailed a formerly sound protocol of loyal opposition cooperating with the majority party in government.

Many other factors were involved, but, after all is said and done, the bitterness that that coup by special prosecutor has planted in the psyche of American politics will never go away.

They should have let him get away with a slap on the wrist: Bad president, bad, bad president, now go back to the Oval Office and think about the consequences of your break-in, and never do it again.

So I’m letting him get away with a foul mouth and the kind of irrepressible antisemitism harbored by so many of his generation—and our own. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that he saved my life and he saved my country.

Don’t let them get to you, Mr. Nixon, you’re still my hero.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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